2018-12: Expressions of Interest for Stage One Scoping and Design groups (now closed)

Seeking EoIs **process now complete**

The BioHeritage Challenge is entering the design and planning phase of its new strategy and during December  2018 sought Expressions of Interest (EoI) from individuals to join Stage One scoping and design groups. 

This EoI process was also used to identify potential leaders for development and implementation of a Platform Plan for strategic science to combat kauri dieback and myrtle rust.

This process is now complete and all individuals who applied should have received notification of the outcome. Please contact us if you have not heard from us: Email or phone (03) 321 9618.

Innovation pathway: 
The scoping and design groups will construct a complete innovation pathway (Strategy, pages 5–6) that will influence investment across a wide range of organisations including research, Māori, industry, government agencies, and communities and deliver overall benefit for Aotearoa New Zealand.

What is needed from Stage 1: 
The main deliverable of each group is an Investment Prospectus that will incentivise significant cohesion and focus around priority areas to reverse the decline of biological heritage. The prospectus will need to demonstrate integration across disciplines, knowledge systems, and relevant organisations.

Influencing investment: This process is designed to ensure significant investment into critical priorities for delivery of the BioHeritage Challenge Mission.

Key Dates

  • Teams start work on SO co-design: phased from February 2019
  • Teams submit SO design to Challenge SLG: 3 to 4 months after Stage 1 groups formed

Detailed information


11 Dec: Are you using this process to find people to help scope and roll-out the new kauri dieback and myrtle rust investment?

Yes. If you’re interested in joining this programme, you need to fill out the Expression of Interest application form on this web-page, indicating your interest in this area of research.

7 Dec: What time commitment is required for scoping the SOs?
We expect approximately 5-7 days’ work over the next 3-4-months for this implementation phase to be completed. Each group will also need to meet in person two to three times over that period. Group members’ time and travel to meetings will be covered. 

In addition, extra travel may be required for some or all group members to visit other organisations. Within reason, time and travel for such one-off meetings will also be covered but will need to be planned by the SO group in advance so the Challenge has a clear indication of the overall budget for scoping each SO prior to the group starting work.

I’m not sure I can afford to commit one day per week – it’s a busy time of year!
We recommend that you call and talk to one of the Challenge Support Team or Science Leadership Group. This is a flexible process and we’re keen to work with people to find a solution.  

However, you’ll need to be realistic – our aim is to create greater impact by connecting a range of scientists, communities, and stakeholders via an Innovation Pathway. You’ll be working with a range of people with very different perspectives and backgrounds. Taking the time to fully participate in the process will be more rewarding in the long run, and will help the Challenge achieve the outcomes we want from Stage 1.

Do I need to have a project idea to apply?

No. These EoIs are for people, not projects.

How long will it take to complete the EoI application form?

Not long at all. The application form is short and succinct – a maximum of 600 words in addition to applicant details. At this early stage, we really only need you to indicate your interest in scoping an SO, tell us who you are and what contribution you could make. You do, however, need to take the time to become familiar with our Strategy and values.

Will there be other opportunities for me within the Challenge if I’m not selected to develop an SO or chosen as a leader?

Yes. More opportunities will arise as the SOs are developed. We encourage you to take part in the EoI process so we’re aware of your wider interest in the Challenge and we know who you are for future potential opportunities.

29 Nov: Exactly what is on offer and why should I do this?

The BioHeritage Challenge embodies a new way of working collaboratively in the Aotearoa New Zealand science system and this is your opportunity to be a part of it.

Together, our partners are tackling some of Aotearoa’s biggest environmental challenges, taking a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to achieve national-scale impacts and benefits.

Ultimately, our goal is to reverse the decline of New Zealand’s biological heritage by focusing on three impact areas: whakamana, tiaki, whakahou (empower, protect, restore). As we move into our second phase, we’ve established a framework focused on seven Strategic Outcomes (SOs) to ultimately deliver the three Impacts.

We need talented individuals to scope and design each of the SOs and are currently seeking Expressions of Interest (EoI) from interested individuals.

Our emphasis for the next phase of the Challenge is to actively lead better and faster pathways from science discovery through to delivering impact at regional or national scales.

If you’re excited about the Innovation System that’s central to our Strategy – and the transformational change we believe it can deliver – then the next phase of the Challenge may well be of interest to you.

What do the SO teams have to deliver?

The main deliverable is an Investment Prospectus that will incentivise significant cohesion and focus around priority areas to reverse the decline of biological heritage. The prospectus should be integrated across disciplines, knowledge systems and organisations.

SO design groups must have a strategic, impact-oriented focus on science and research activities that will deliver long-term outcomes for the benefit of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Read the EoI Terms of Reference

I’m interested in submitting an EoI. What should I do?

Potential applicants should be thoroughly familiar our Strategy and values.

Details on the EoI process are available on our website, including key deadlines and Terms of Reference.

How long will the scoping of SOs (Stage One) take?

It is a staged process and we expect that the scoping of each Strategic Outcome will take between three and four months.

Key dates are available on our website.

What happens after SOs are scoped (Stage One)?

It is envisaged that Stage Two will involve SO teams laying out detailed plans for research investments by the Challenge (see p. 29 of the Strategy).

Individuals involved in Stage One scoping and design may have the opportunity to remain involved in Stage Two, including in potential leadership roles in the Challenge.

Who is assessing the EoIs?

The BioHeritage Senior Leadership Team, including its two Directors, will assess the EoIs. They will then make a recommendation to the Challenge Governance Group and Kāhui Māori.

Will there be an even spread of institutions on the SO scoping teams?

Our focus is on building the best teams to scope each SO and, while we’re looking for a wide-range of skill sets from a diverse range of institutions, this may not equate to an even spread.

Can I apply if I’m not employed by one of BioHeritage’s 18 Challenge Parties?

Yes, this is an open EoI process and we encourage applications from all individuals with relevant skills and expertise.

What skills are you looking for?

We’re looking for a wide-range of skill sets so we can build diverse, transdisciplinary teams.

Preference will be given to impact-oriented individuals with a strategic focus on delivering outcomes for the benefit of New Zealand. Expertise from a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives is needed for Stage One. We welcome EoIs from individuals with skills in facilitation, knowledge brokering, inter- and trans-disciplinary research, social enterprise, design, project management, impact investment, and science communication.

Existing networks with end users; iwi, hapū and whānau; communities and NGOs; the philanthropic sector; business and industry; or other relevant stakeholders would be an advantage.

Applications from individuals in end-user agencies are strongly encouraged. A working knowledge of relevant national and global science and research effort would also be an advantage.

Individuals from groups that are traditionally under-represented in science and research (e.g. Māori and Pasifika) are encouraged to submit expressions of interest. Early-career researchers are also encouraged to apply. The Challenge will provide mentoring and support for these individuals.

If I’m chosen for an SO scoping team, will it be paid?

Yes. Participants’ usual rates will be covered, plus travel and associated workshop costs (where practicable within the terms of the Collaboration Agreement for the BioHeritage NSC).

Should I encourage individuals in [organisation X] to apply, or should our organisation as a whole be putting in an EoI?
We strongly encourage individuals to apply. 

Organisational representation is not essential, but understanding any networks or organisational affiliations you may have is very helpful to us and it’s useful if you provide this information.

Is there guaranteed research funding once the SO is scoped?

No. Those on the scoping teams will not automatically transition to Stage Two of the process. However, it is envisaged that individuals involved in Stage One may have the opportunity to remain involved in Stage Two (including in potential leadership roles in the Challenge).

If I have questions, who do I talk to?

Anyone on the Challenge SLG can help with requests, or you can email the Support Team or phone Challenge Research Activities Manager Andrea Airey on 03 321 9618.

Do you already have people selected for the teams?

No. This is an open call for Expressions of Interest from individuals with relevant skills and expertise who are interested in joining the BioHeritage Challenge.

Will the teams be diverse?

Yes. We are building diverse, transdisciplinary teams that includes a wide mix of skill-sets, backgrounds, perspectives and experience – from early career researchers, stakeholders, Mātauranga knowledge holders, through to senior leaders.

What’s the difference between Stage One and Stage Two?

The main deliverable of Stage One SO teams is an Investment Prospectus that will focus investment around priority areas to reverse the decline of biological heritage.

Stage Two will involve SO teams laying out detailed plans for research investments by the Challenge and others (see p. 29 of the Strategy).

Who will assess the Stage One Investment Prospectus and how will it be evaluated?

The BioHeritage Challenge’s International Science Advisory Panel (ISAP), or other relevant international reviewers, will peer review the research proposed in each Investment Prospectus. In addition, each prospectus will be evaluated according to the assessment criteria on page 25 of the Strategy. Assessment criteria will be based on the likelihood that an SO will deliver the agreed Intermediate Outcome(s), or whether it will require further refinement and identification of the right skills and roles before proceeding.

The BioHeritage Governance Group will give final approval for an Investment Prospectus for an SO to proceed to Stage Two.

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