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Frequently asked questions

These FAQs are related to the application process for the 2019/20 CoREs selection round.

Additional FAQs related more generally to 2019/20 CoREs selection round can be found on the TEC website.

How much funding is available?

The government has allocated a total budget of $49.8 million per annum to CoRE funding. This will be split across up to 10 CoREs funded over 8 years (from January 2021). Note: there is not a specific cap that an individual CoRE can apply for. For additional information see the application guidelines.

Do I have to use all sections of the CV template?

The CV template provided on the portal includes section 2b “Previous research work” which was not included in the previous CoREs round. There are other standard CV templates which include additional sections 2c “Describe the commercial, social or environmental impact of your previous research work” and 2d “Demonstration of relationships with end-users”. 

For CoREs applications, we are considering sections 2b-d of the CV as optional, and these can be included by researchers if they feel that section 2a “Research publications and dissemination” is not sufficient to express their research outputs, which may be the case in certain fields/disciplines. Note that this does not alter the page limit for CVs which is a maximum of five pages per person.

Note: If you are using a non Royal Society Te Apārangi CV template, please ensure that the upper margin is adjusted to 2cm in width to allow for the addition of an application specific header to the document.

For which roles are CVs required?

CVs are required for the Director and research personnel involved in the proposed CoRE.  This includes Director, Principal Investigator (PI), Associate Investigator (AI) or Collaborators.  CVs are not required for students, technicians, or post-docs.'

Which sections can be edited after the Expression of Interest (EOI) submission deadline?

Expressions of Interest consist of sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7a, 10, 11, and 12 of the application form.

Information entered in sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12 at the close of the EOI stage (12:00pm NZST (midday), 27th August 2019) is considered final and no alterations (except for the withdrawal of research personnel) will be permitted between the Expression of Interest and the Full Application.

It is permissible to make alterations that do not include the addition of major research themes to section 7a “Programme summary” between the Expression of Interest and the Full Application. This change is to acknowledge the tight timeframe of this cores round.

Can personnel, their CVs or roles, be changed after the EOI submission deadline?

No.  These sections are considered final at the EOI deadline (12:00pm NZST (midday), 27th August 2019).  The only exception is for the withdrawal of research personnel (e.g. due to changes in circumstances).

Do I have to have final numbers of students, technicians and postdocs by the EOI deadline?

Due to the short time frames in the 2019/20 CoREs selection round, we recognise that it may be difficult to provide exact numbers of students, technicians, or post-docs to include in your application by the EOI deadline.  Therefore, it is not necessary to include the total numbers these personnel in section 12 by the EOI deadline (e.g. by adding one line per student).  All applications should include one line for each: students, technician, and/or post-doc roles that applicants intend to include in the application, and the total FTE can be updated in the Personnel FTE table (Section 13) at the full proposal deadline.

How do I include Co-Directors in the application?

A “Contact” Director needs to be added in the CoRE Director section of the CoREs portal (section 3).  Additional Co-Directors can be added in the Personnel Detail List (section 12) by selection Role: “Director”.

When are formal agreements between partners required for the CoREs application?

All partner institutions need to be identified in section 1 “Partner institutions”, though formal agreements do not need to be finalised at this stage. Section 1 is due at the EOI deadline.

However, details of formal agreements are not required until the Final deadline and these should be outlined in table 9c, in section 9 “Governance, strategic management and resources”. Copies of formal agreements are not required.