2014 Awards

For further information about the grants please see the 2014 Funding Highlights.

Project Project ID Contact Investigator Institution Panel Funding (GST excl)
The permeability of the Antarctic vortex BDS1401 Dr GE Bodeker Bodeker Scientific ESA $785,000.00
Adaptive evolution in changing environments: can epigenetic variation compensate for low genetic diversity? CAW1401 Dr KF Smith Cawthron Institute EEB $300,000.00
Fast-forward fish: resilience of exploited marine populations to a changing ocean DGF1401 Dr P Neubauer Dragonfly Science EEB $300,000.00
Efficient energy processing at the nanoscale: the physics of how cells use energy FRI1401 Dr KJ Challis Scion PCB $300,000.00
Nano-thermoelectric generators GNS1401 Dr JV Kennedy GNS Science EIS $695,000.00
Characterising ribosomal RNA gene activation, a novel Achilles heel of cancer MAU1401 Dr ARD Ganley Massey University Albany BMS $820,000.00
Investigation of SUSHI-mediated early signalling events in plant innate immunity MAU1402 Dr KH Sohn Massey University CMP $300,000.00
When genomes collide: how allopolyploids respond to genome shock MAU1403 Associate Professor MP Cox Massey University EEB $808,000.00
Lineage selection and the evolution of cancer MAU1404 Professor PB Rainey Massey University EEB $808,000.00
Linking genes, phenotypes and communities: uncovering heritable variation in community structure MAU1405 Dr JD Aguirre Massey University EEB $300,000.00
Modelling, inference and prediction for dynamic traffic networks MAU1406 Professor ML Hazelton Massey University MIS $380,000.00
Automatically deriving the model of digital ink sketches MAU1407 Dr RV Blagojevic Massey University Manawatu MIS $300,000.00
Geometric numerical integration: new structures and applications MAU1408 Professor RI McLachlan Massey University MIS $440,000.00
Putting the squeeze on atoms and molecules: accurate quantum simulations of atomic and molecular phases under high pressures and temperatures MAU1409 Professor PA Schwerdtfeger Massey University Albany PCB $750,000.00
Complex multicomponent metal-organic frameworks MAU1411 Associate Professor SG Telfer Massey University PCB $750,000.00
The business of care: constructing a childcare market in Aotearoa/New Zealand MAU1410 Dr A Gallagher Massey University SOC $250,000.00
An insect jumping gene to guide personalised cancer medicine UOA1401 Professor WR Wilson The University of Auckland BMS $805,000.00
Creating neural bridges: a conducting polymer neurotransmitter releasing system UOA1402 Dr DM Svirskis University of Auckland BMS $300,000.00
Diabetic heart pathology: is it all about the glycogen? UOA1403 Dr KM Mellor The University of Auckland BMS $300,000.00
Treating cutaneous inflammation by putting skin on a fat-free diet UOA1404 Dr CJ Hall The University of Auckland BMS $755,000.00
Questioning the CO-FT regulon model and discovering genes that regulate photoperiodic and low nitrogen-induced flowering in the model legume Medicago UOA1405 Associate Professor JJ Putterill The University of Auckland CMP $773,000.00
RHS-repeat-containing proteins, a new paradigm for targeted protein delivery UOA1406 Associate Professor JS Lott The University of Auckland CMP $773,000.00
How to avoid brain damage during oxygen deprivation? Intertidal fish provide a unique test model UOA1407 Dr AJR Hickey The University of Auckland CMP $773,000.00
Predicting the adaptive potential of small populations: a case study in the endangered New Zealand hihi UOA1408 Dr AW Santure University of Auckland EEB $808,000.00
8,000 years of hunter-gatherer adaptation: burial and bioarchaeology at Roonka, Australia UOA1409 Associate Professor JH Littleton The University of Auckland EHB $675,000.00
Robotic ‘therapy and assessment’ to understand the development of muscle function in children with cerebral palsy following botulinum toxin treatments UOA1410 Dr AJ McDaid The University of Auckland EIS $300,000.00
Biophysical modelling of water and ion transport in the lungs UOA1411 Dr VA Suresh The University of Auckland EIS $770,000.00
Uncovering the hidden secrets of rivers: the role of interlayer structures UOA1412 Dr H Friedrich The University of Auckland EIS $300,000.00
Optical micro-elastography and biomechanics of the lung alveolar tissue UOA1413 Associate Professor MH Tawhai The University of Auckland EIS $765,000.00
Getting inside the earthquake machine: fine-scale imaging of the Alpine Fault zone UOA1414 Dr L Adam University of Auckland ESA $300,000.00
Auckland lakes as climate dipsticks: producing unique insights into the nature and drivers of the past 117,000 years of climate change UOA1415 Associate Professor PC Augustinus The University of Auckland ESA $800,000.00
Good neighbourliness in international law UOA1416 Dr AKM Hertogen The University of Auckland HUM $300,000.00
Symmetry breaking and pattern formation in asthmatic lungs UOA1417 Dr GM Donovan The University of Auckland MIS $300,000.00
A question of identity: statistical methods for a new era in wildlife abundance estimation UOA1418 Associate Professor RM Fewster The University of Auckland MIS $453,000.00
Extremes in two-dimensional Brownian geometry UOA1419 Dr JA Goodman Technion – Israel Institute of Technology MIS $300,000.00
Axioms and algorithms for multi-winner elections UOA1420 Professor AM Slinko The University of Auckland MIS $535,000.00
Probing the chemistry of novel protein crosslinks UOA1421 Dr CJ Squire The University of Auckland PCB $750,000.00
Unravelling the unprecedented architecture of the NZ natural product portimine using molecular chess UOA1422 Professor MA Brimble The University of Auckland PCB $765,000.00
Power to the people? A comparative study of workplace reform in New Zealand UOA1423 Dr HL Delaney University of Auckland SOC $300,000.00
Understanding corporate welfare in an age of austerity UOA1424 Dr GA Cotterell University of Auckland SOC $300,000.00
Samoan transnational matai (titled chiefs): ancestor god ‘avatars’ or merely title-holders? UOA1425 Dr M Anae The University of Auckland SOC $705,000.00
What do the claimants say? Reconceptualising the treaty claims settlement process UOA1426 Professor MS Mutu The University of Auckland SOC $710,000.00
Intergenerational investments or selling ancestors?   Maori perspectives of privatising New Zealand’s electricity generating assets UOA1427 Dr ML Muru-Lanning University of Auckland SOC $300,000.00
Maori-medium educational scholarship UOA1428 Dr GM Stewart The University of Auckland SOC $300,000.00
Epigenetics and flexible plant memory: how past environmental cues lead to episodic mast flowering UOC1401 Professor MH Turnbull University of Canterbury EEB $775,000.00
Unravelling the neural mechanisms of speech production: insights from EEG and fMRI in people who stutter UOC1402 Dr C Theys University of Canterbury EHB $300,000.00
May I have your attention please: a hybrid model of cognition and attention for wearable computers Declined Professor MN Billinghurst University of Canterbury EIS $0.00
Tidal bending of ice shelves: the key to understanding Antarctic grounding zones UOC1404 Dr OJ Marsh University of Canterbury ESA $300,000.00
Probing the origins of high-energy cosmic rays with precision neutrino observations UOC1405 Associate Professor JA Adams University of Canterbury ESA $770,000.00
Light switchable functional metal-organic cages UOC1406 Professor PE Kruger University of Canterbury PCB $750,000.00
Allosteric regulation and the dynamics of a molecular pendulum that controls a catalytic clock UOC1407 Professor EJ Parker University of Canterbury PCB $760,000.00
Functional dissection of a novel GABAergic pathway in the brain circuitry controlling fertility UOO1401 Dr RE Campbell University of Otago BMS $820,000.00
Oxytocin: a safety brake preventing excessive activation of the stress axis UOO1402 Dr KJ Iremonger University of Otago BMS $300,000.00
Redox regulation of cell death UOO1403 Associate Professor MB Hampton University of Otago BMS $815,000.00
Mapping neuroplasticity in the brain UOO1404 Associate Professor RM Empson University of Otago BMS $820,000.00
Primed for action: bacterial adaptive immunity UOO1405 Dr PC Fineran University of Otago CMP $773,000.00
Functional and morphological dissection of a plastic neuroendocrine circuit UOO1406 Dr SJ Bunn University of Otago CMP $773,000.00
Memory impairments after stroke, a stressful condition UOO1407 Dr AN Clarkson University of Otago CMP $773,000.00
Making war or babies: division of labour and social evolution in parasites UOO1408 Professor R Poulin University of Otago EEB $790,000.00
The causes and consequences of multidimensional individual specialisation in freshwater fish UOO1409 Dr T Ingram University of Otago EEB $300,000.00
Are genetic shifts in dispersal ability key to resolving the “paradox of the great speciators”? UOO1410 Dr BC Robertson University of Otago EEB $808,000.00
The evolution of the functional diversity of forests UOO1411 Professor SI Higgins University of Otago EEB $808,000.00
Use it or lose it: unravelling the genetic basis of flight-loss in New Zealand’s alpine insects UOO1412 Professor JM Waters University of Otago EEB $808,000.00
Transitions in prehistory: subsistence and health change in northern Chile UOO1413 Dr SE Halcrow University of Otago EHB $720,000.00
Dressing for survival and success: what pre-European Maori wore for adaptive realisation UOO1414 Dr CA Smith University of Otago EHB $300,000.00
Pushed to the limits: investigating the significance of agricultural transfers and innovation in southern Polynesian colonisation UOO1415 Associate Professor IG Barber University of Otago EHB $720,000.00
Captured in amber: ecological complexity in New Zealand’s ancient araucarian forests UOO1416 Associate Professor DE Lee University of Otago ESA $810,000.00
Slow creep or fast rupture in faults? Linking nature and experiment to understand the earthquake source UOO1417 Dr SAF Smith University of Otago ESA $300,000.00
Evolution equations with memory and random fluctuations UOO1418 Dr BB Baeumer University of Otago MIS $565,000.00
Developing inversion methods for non-stationary thinning of point processes UOO1419 Dr T Wang University of Otago MIS $300,000.00
Borrowing from nature’s library: fundamental insights into molecular recognition by chemoreceptors UOO1420 Dr ML Gerth University of Otago PCB $300,000.00
A new politics of peace? Investigations in contemporary pacifism and nonviolence UOO1421 Professor RDW Jackson University of Otago SOC $595,000.00
Constant coconuts: a history of a versatile commodity in the Pacific world UOO1422 Professor JA Bennett University of Otago SOC $710,000.00
The price is right? UOW1401 Professor JK Gibson The University of Waikato EHB $700,000.00
Bed roughness controls on mangrove swamp stability UOW1402 Associate Professor KR Bryan University of Waikato EIS $710,000.00
The terrestrial carbon cycle in transition: tracking changes using novel tracers on multiple timescales UOW1403 Dr A Hartland University of Waikato ESA $300,000.00
Te Mauria Whiritoi: the sky as a cultural resource – Maori astronomy, ritual and ecological knowledge UOW1404 Dr R Matamua The University of Waikato SOC $710,000.00
Mining Mincle: how Mincle ligands can lead to more effective vaccines VUW1401 Dr BL Stocker Victoria University of Wellington BMS $705,000.00
Metagenome mining for new bioactive natural products within New Zealand’s terrestrial and marine microbial communities VUW1402 Dr JG Owen Victoria University of Wellington CMP $300,000.00
Developmental reversals in children’s false memories for experienced events VUW1403 Dr DA Brown Victoria University of Wellington EHB $585,000.00
Investment in physical capital: the effects of competition and uncertainty VUW1404 Professor GA Guthrie Victoria University of Wellington EHB $400,000.00
An optical omniscope with 20/20 microvision: imaging the near- and far-fields simultaneously VUW1405 Dr CP Moore Victoria University of Wellington EIS $300,000.00
Strain-engineered lead-free ferroelectric thin films VUW1406 Dr EM Anton Victoria University of Wellington EIS $300,000.00
Structure and uplift of the Transantarctic Mountains VUW1407 Professor TA Stern Victoria University of Wellington ESA $790,000.00
Swings and roundabouts? What drives opposing trends in sea ice between the Ross and Amundsen Seas? VUW1408 Associate Professor JA Renwick Victoria University of Wellington ESA $800,000.00
Exploring Maori legal traditions VUW1409 Dr CH Jones Victoria University of Wellington HUM $300,000.00
Rape myths as barriers to fair trial practices VUW1410 Associate Professor E McDonald Victoria University of Wellington HUM $540,000.00
Personal geographies and global networks: William Colenso and the Victorian Republic of Letters VUW1411 Dr SJ Shep Victoria University of Wellington HUM $540,000.00
A banner of peace? Missions and peace activism, 1814-1850 VUW1412 Dr GM Troughton Victoria University of Wellington HUM $300,000.00
Secret world: security intelligence and state surveillance in New Zealand, 1907-2007 VUW1413 Professor RS Hill Victoria University of Wellington HUM $495,000.00
Tinker, tailor, soldier, settler: garrison and empire in the nineteenth century VUW1414 Professor CJ Macdonald Victoria University of Wellington HUM $540,000.00
Missing narratives of modern Chinese intellectual history: modernity and writings on art, 1900-1930 VUW1415 Professor Y Wang Victoria University of Wellington HUM $495,000.00
Winning elections in Ancient Rome: ideology and practice VUW1416 Professor WJ Tatum Victoria University of Wellington HUM $275,000.00
The final stages of the Hawking evaporation of black holes VUW1417 Professor M Visser Victoria University of Wellington MIS $538,000.00
Numerical solution of time-dependent multi-dimensional nonlinear dispersive wave equations with applications to coastal hydrodynamics VUW1418 Dr D Mitsotakis Victoria University of Wellington MIS $300,000.00
Nanoparticle-nanorod frameworks Declined Associate Professor RD Tilley Victoria University of Wellington PCB $0.00
Putting the heat on high-temperature superconductors VUW1420 Dr JG Storey Victoria University of Wellington PCB $300,000.00
Novel organic metal halides for perovskite sensitised solar cells VUW1421 Dr J Halpert Victoria University of Wellington PCB $300,000.00
Educating for emigration? Searching for appropriate education policy in the Pacific Islands VUW1422 Professor JD Overton Victoria University of Wellington SOC $710,000.00
Re-placing commodity dependence: alternative sustainable and ethical value chains in the resource periphery VUW1423 Professor WE Murray Victoria University of Wellington SOC $710,000.00
Rape, silencing and objectification: a socio-cultural analysis of barriers to rape reform VUW1424 Associate Professor J Jordan Victoria University of Wellington SOC $610,000.00
Kernels of hope: following coconut commodities from the Pacific to the West VUW1425 Dr AK Henderson Victoria University of Wellington SOC $300,000.00
Sounding the heart: the mechanics of cardiac elastography UOA1429 Professor Alistair Young The University of Auckland EIS $770,000.00