Staff Research Awards for Pilot Projects

 Staff Research Awards for Pilot Projects 

The aim of these grants is to provide seed funding to establish research projects on new EU-NZ research areas, allow academics to access key research resources and undertake fieldwork on EU related research topics. 



The available funding pool in this round is €9775 and each application may request up to a maximum of NZ$5000. 

Funding is intended as ‘seed money’ to help initiate or extend projects rather than fully fund a complete research project. Funding can be used to support the following:

  • Research Fieldwork (for example travel to undertake interviews or access data and sources not readily accessible at your home university)
  • Present at relevant conferences* combined with research fieldwork.
  • Hiring of research assistants and/or transcription for interviews

Awards cannot be used to replace or supplement academic salaries.

*Please note that travel to attend a conference only is not eligible for funding under this scheme. Travel to present at conferences  will only be considered when combined with research fieldwork. 

All expenditure for successful projects must take place between the 1st June 2013 and the 31st May 2014. All expenditure will need to be undertaken in association with EUCN rules and appropriate receipts and paperwork will need to be kept and submitted for reimbursement. 

Decisions on applications are expected by the middle of April and applicants will be notified by email. 


Eligible proposals will:

address a relevant EU research question and be aligned with the EUC Network Objectives

  • be submitted by an academic from, and support research activities at, one of the EUCN Partner Universities
  • where appropriate promote collaboration across the network or with other EU Centres outside New Zealand (own funding)

Proposals must be submitted by a project leader who is a current academic at an EUCN Partner University. 

All proposals will be submitted via the online form (website) by 5pm on Sunday 24th March 2013.


Funded research projects are expected to produce tangible research outputs including scholarly publications, conferences, reports and research symposia. 

It will be a funding requirement to present your research at either the EUCN annual conference or by a national seminar (video conference).  

Application Procedure

To apply for this grant you are required to complete the online application form.
Applications close at 5pm on Sunday 24th March 2013

  • Download the Application Word Document.
  • Fill in Application Form and save as a PDF
  • Fill in the online form and upload your saved application document. (This must be done in one step. You can not save the online form and later upload the application form).

 For all applications you will be asked to complete a budget table. For the descriptions please be as detailed as possible. 

For example: Research Assistants – total $800 – Description, 1xResearch Assistant to undertake data entry and format tables. 50 hours at $16per hour. 

Oneline Submission Form - For the Staff Research Project Awards online application form please click here.

Downloadable Application Form - download application form here.