Apply for funding


Applications for the 2015 funding round have now closed. 

There is a two-stage process for submitting research proposals. Stage 1 requires an Expression of Interest, followed by submission of a Full Proposal for those shortlisted. Closing dates for the 2016 round will be announced here. For further information please contact


Partnerships between researchers and teachers

To be eligible for the fund, proposals need to come from partnerships involving teachers and researchers. In the context of the TLRI, teachers are defined as education and training practitioners. The category of education and training practitioners may include, but is not limited to: teachers in kindergartens, early childhood centres, kōhanga reo and Pasifika language nests; teachers in kura, primary, intermediate, and secondary schools; and lecturers, tutors, and trainers working in postschool settings such as universities, wānanga, polytechnics, private training establishments (PTEs), industry training organisations (ITOs) and workplace settings. The TLRI is open to researchers working in organisations (e.g., tertiary institutions) or working independently. However, the TLRI will not enter into contracts with individuals, requiring that contracts be with incorporated societies or similar legal entities. Staff members of the Ministry of Education or other government departments are not eligible to apply.


Key dates 2015

Call for Expressions of Interest  - Monday 2 March 2015
Closing date for Expressions of Interest  - 5pm Thursday 7 May 2015
Notification of shortlisting decision  - Friday 26 June 2015
Closing date for Full Proposals   - 5pm Thursday 20 August 2015
Notification of funding decision  - Tuesday 13 October 2015
TLRI funding commences for 2015 funding recipients January 2016, or as in contract.