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Recipients July 2019

Catalyst: Seeding

Funding round overview


Number of received proposals

Number of funded proposals




Dumont d'Urville 28 2

JSPS Joint Research Project







Catalyst: Seeding General

NZ PI Institution Project Title Funding (GST Excl) Months Collaboration Partners Collaborator Institutions Collaborator Countries
Professor Pablo Gregorini Lincoln University Designing future pastoral landscapes                             80,000 24 Professor Frederic Leroy, Professor Ermias Kebreab, Professor Lynn Huntsinger, Associate Professor Susanne Vetter Vrije Universiteit Brussel, University of California, Davis, University of California Berkeley, Rhodes University BELGIUM, USA, USA, SOUTH AFRICA
Professor Georg Zellmer Massey University An arc-trench link in the formation of cataclysmic eruption deposits of the Taupo Volcanic Zone? 80,000 24 Associate Professor Susanne Straub, Professor Claudine Stirling Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, University of Otago USA
Dr Matthieu Vignes Massey University NIM³D: network inference, modelling and mining of monogenic diseases 64,950 24 Professor Stephen Robertson, Dr Élisabeth Remy, Dr Anaïs Baudot University of Otago, Aix-Marseille University, Aix-Marseille University NEW ZEALAND, FRANCE, FRANCE
Associate Professor Kathleen Mountjoy The University of Auckland NZ-USA Melanocortinome Team discovering endogenous melanocortin hormones that prevent obesity 80,000 24 Professor Joel Elmquist, Professor Brad Lowell University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Harvard Medical School USA, USA
Professor Merryn Tawhai The University of Auckland Computational models to provide mechanistically driven biomarkers for pulmonary hypertension 80,000 24 Associate Professor Raul Estepar, Professor Jim Wild Harvard Medical School, University of Sheffield USA, UNITED KINGDOM
Dr Peng Du The University of Auckland A High Throughput Platform for Analysing Gastrointestinal Bioelectrical and Motility Data at Micro-scale 80,000 24 Professor Dr A Rudd Chinese University of Hong Kong HONG KONG
Professor Peter Smith Victoria University of Wellington UAV Communications: Mobility Modeling, Optimisation and System Design 67,400 24 Professor Carl Dettmann, Associate Professor Justin Coon, Professor Halim Yanikomeroglu University of Bristol, University of Oxford, Carleton University UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED KINGDOM, CANADA

New Zealand – Japan Joint Research Project


New Zealand PI Institution Project Title Funding (GST Excl) Months Japan
Dr Carlos Campos Cawthron Institute VIRO-Flow: understanding virus infectivity in sewer overflows to better estimate health risks in recreational waters 49,230 24

Professor Hiroyuki Katayama, University of Tokyo,

Dr Joanne Hewitt, ESR, New Zealand, 

Dr Akihiko Hata, Toyama Prefectural University

Dr Yusuke Hioka The University of Auckland Extreme acoustic sensing based on small-data-driven machine learning and its rescue application 60,000 24 Professor Hiroshi Saruwatari, The University of Tokyo
Professor Paul Donaldson The University of Auckland Roles for the mechanosensitive channels (TRPV1 and TRPV4) in the initiation of presbyopia 60,000 24

Dr Yosuke

Nakazawa, Keio University

Dumont d’Urville NZ-France Science & Technology Support Programme


New Zealand PI Institution Project Title Funding (GST Excl) Months France
Professor Brent Copp The University of Auckland Restoring the activity of drugs against resistant bacteria 80,000 24 Dr Jean Michel Brunel, Aix Marseille Université; Dr Marie-Lise Bourguet-Kondracki, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
Associate Professor Nancy Bertler Victoria University of Wellington MARICE – MARine and ICE core reconstruction of East Antarctic sea ice variability over the past 2,000 years 78,000 24 Dr Johan Etourneau, Université de Bordeaux