Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Adaptation Programme
Research is at the core of the Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) programme. Find out about the Adaptation Programme’s aims and the types of research it invests in.
Aims of the Adaptation Programme
The SLMACC Adaptation Programme focuses on social impacts, policy research, and the science around adaptation to climate change. It aims to:
- improve resilience to a changing climate
- help farmers move towards a low carbon future.
Each year the programme has $2.26 million to fund scientific projects.
Types of research
The programme invests in basic and applied research. This includes:
- work on the impacts of climate change and adaptation to climate change
- analysis of farm economics, life-cycles, and systems
- policy research.
The programme research themes change each year. Research themes for each year’s funding round are published in March.
Download this year’s themes [PDF, 167 KB]
The application process
The 2020 funding round is open from 3 April to 1 May.
Applications are assessed by a panel made up of government and industry experts. Final decisions are made by the Ministry for Primary Industries’ investment programmes team. All applicants are notified whether their proposals were successful.
Successful applicants will then finalise their project milestones and sign SLMACC funding contracts. Projects can begin as early as 1 July 2020.
- be aligned with the themes for the funding round
- have a duration of 1 to 2 years (dependent on the project topic)
- have a budget between $100,000 and $400,000.
The proposed research can align with other government-funded projects, but must not duplicate their work.
Applications are assessed against 6 criteria to decide whether they qualify for funding, and how much they may receive. These criteria are:
- cost and benefit
- ability to deliver outcomes
- alignment to research themes
- science excellence.
We encourage collaboration with:
- local government
- commercial entities
- industry groups
- clearly describe the scientific methodology of the proposed work
- consider key risks
- identify the project’s benefits and outcomes, and describe how these will be measured
- describe how the project will be successfully delivered
- consider Māori aspirations and opportunities, where applicable
- include a realistic and appropriate budget (with a breakdown including milestones, and the budget for each stage of the work)
- include a well-considered project plan.
To assess your application, we need robust information and as much evidence as possible.
The application package
The application package can be downloaded in 2 parts:
We recommend that the SLMACC contract is reviewed by a lawyer.
Submit the completed application form to email@example.com
Who to contact
If you have questions about the SLMACC Adaptation fund, email firstname.lastname@example.org