Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Extension Programme
Research is at the core of the Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) programme – but communication of this research is also vital. Find out about the Extension Programme’s aims and the types of work it invests in.
Aims of the Extension Programme
The SLMACC Extension Programme focuses on communicating research findings to farmers, growers, and other primary industry professionals. It aims to:
- directly influence engagement
- encourage implementation
- create lasting changes in behaviour.
The programme has up to $1 million to fund extension projects each year.
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, 151 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 up to 1 year
- have a budget of up to $300,000.
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
- impact and innovation
- science excellence.
We encourage collaboration with:
- local government
- commercial entities
- industry groups
- catchment groups
- consider key risks
- describe how the project will be successfully delivered
- describe how you will achieve uptake or adoption of the initiative (the path to market)
- consider Māori aspirations and opportunities (such as agribusinesses, business groups, and catchment groups)
- 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
Download the 2020 SLMACC Extension application package [DOCX, 114 KB]
Submit the completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org
A contract does not need to be submitted with the application, but a contract template is available so that you can see what this will include. MPI will provide successful applicants with a contract which they will be required to sign once their milestones are finalised during the contracting phase. We recommend that the SLMACC contract is reviewed by a lawyer.
2020 SLMACC Programme contract template [DOCX, 164 KB]
Who to contact
If you have questions about the SLMACC Extension fund, email email@example.com