Marsden Fund panels
Definitions of panels and details of panel members
There are ten discipline-based assessment panels which make funding recommendations to the Marsden Fund Council. The panels are made up of researchers who are experts in their field. They are appointed by the Royal Society Te Apārangi after being recommended by the Fund Council and usually serve for a maximum of three years.
On this page:
- Biomedical Sciences
- Cellular, Molecular and Physiological Biology
- Earth Sciences and Astronomy
- Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour
- Economics and Human and Behavioural Sciences
- Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences
- Mathematical and Information Sciences
- Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Social Sciences
- Social Sciences Fast-Start Panel
Research related to human health and disease in: physiology, pathology, pharmacology, molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, microbiology; neurobiology (including animals as a model species for humans); human genomics and related bioinformatics.
|Professor Colin Brown (Convenor)||University of Otago|
|Dr Monica Acosta||University of Auckland|
|Dr Sarah Baird||University of Otago|
|Professor Murray Cox||Massey University|
|Dr Joanna Hicks||University of Waikato|
|Associate Professor Roslyn Kemp||University of Otago|
|Associate Professor James Murphy||Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research|
|Associate Professor Thomas Proft||University of Auckland|
Studies related to understanding the activities that occur in cells and tissues, and their integration within living organisms across the biological, agricultural and veterinary and biochemical sciences. This includes: plant physiology; animal physiology; cell biology; plant and animal genetics; molecular biology and molecular genetics; functional genomics and related bioinformatics; microbiology excluding microbial ecology; animal and plant pathology.
|Professor Richard Newcomb (Convenor)||Plant & Food Research|
|Dr Julie Dalziel||AgResearch|
|Professor Renwick Dobson||University of Canterbury|
|Dr Heidi Dungey||Scion|
|Dr Monica Gerth||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Associate Professor Anthony Hickey||University of Auckland|
|Dr Peter Mace||University of Otago|
|Associate Professor Matthew Templeton||Plant & Food Research / University of Auckland|
Including: geology; geophysics; physical geography; oceanography; hydrology; meteorology; atmospheric science; earth sciences; astronomy and astrophysics; also cross-disciplinary topics which include substantial components in some of these areas.
|Professor Kathleen Campbell (Convenor)||University of Auckland|
|Emeritus Professor Richard Arculus||Australian National University|
|Dr Rebecca Carey||University of Tasmania|
|Dr Giuseppe Cortese||GNS Science|
|Dr Philip Barnes
|Professor Sarah Brough||University of New South Wales|
|Professor Karin Bryan||University of Waikato|
|Dr Daniel Carl Henare Hikuroa||University of Auckland|
|Dr Alix Post||Geoscience Australia|
|Professor John Townend||Victoria University of Wellington|
Studies related to the interrelationships between organisms and their environment, evolution and behaviour. This includes: animal, plant and microbial ecology; biogeography; biodiversity; phylogenetics; systematics and evolution; population biology and genetics; animal behaviour; physiological plant ecology; biostatistics and modelling. Note that proposals seeking to establish the molecular basis of processes or traits are better sent to CMP or BMS panels, unless they materially concern the evolution of those processes or traits.
|Associate Professor Janet Wilmshurst (Convenor)||Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research|
|Professor Margaret Barbour||University of Waikato|
|Dr Manpreet Dhami||Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research|
|Associate Professor Crid Fraser||University of Otago|
|Professor Chris Johnson||University of Tasmania|
|Dr Nick Matzke||University of Auckland|
|Professor Philip Seddon||University of Otago|
|Associate Professor Peter Vesk||University of Melbourne|
|Professor Qiao Wang||Massey University|
|Associate Professor Maren Wellenreuther||Plant and Food Research|
Including: economics; psychology (experimental, cognitive, neuro-); cognitive science; cognitive linguistics; archaeology; physical anthropology; business studies; commerce; management studies; marketing; communication science and demography.
|Professor Jarrod Haar (Convenor)||Auckland University of Technology|
|Associate Professor Paul Corballis||University of Auckland|
|Professor David Fielding||University of Otago|
|Professor Jennifer Hay||University of Canterbury|
|Associate Professor Val Hooper||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Professor Judith Littleton||University of Auckland|
|Professor Colleen Mills||University of Canterbury|
|Professor John Perrone||University of Waikato|
|Professor Matthew Ryan||Auckland University of Technology|
Including: fundamentals of engineering (biomedical, bioprocessing, civil, chemical, electrical, electronic, environmental, materials, mechanical and robotics); and cross-disciplinary research relating to engineering.
|Distinguished Professor Geoff Chase (Convenor)||University of Canterbury|
|Associate Professor Alys Clark||University of Auckland|
|Professor Haiping Du||University of Wollongong|
|Professor Mike Duke||University of Waikato|
|Professor Wei Gao||University of Auckland|
|Associate Professor Daniel Holland||University of Canterbury|
|Dr John Kennedy||GNS Science|
|Professor Nicole Kessissoglou||University of New South Wales|
|Professor Melissa Knothe Tate||Blue Mountains Interdisciplinary Innovation Institute|
Including: English; languages; history; religion; philosophy; law; classics; linguistics; literature; cultural studies; media studies; art history; film.
|Professor Cynthia White (Convenor)||Massey University|
|Professor Tim Dare||University of Auckland|
|Associate Professor Carwyn Jones||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Dr Cherie Lacey||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Dr Daniel Osland||University of Otago|
|Associate Professor Sarah Shieff||University of Waikato|
|Professor Elizabeth Toomey||University of Canterbury|
|Associate Professor Angela Wanhalla||University of Otago|
Including: pure mathematics; applied mathematics; statistics; operations research; logic; computer science; information systems; and software engineering.
|Professor Gillian Dobbie (Convenor)||University of Auckland|
|Professor Jennifer Brown||University of Canterbury|
|Distinguished Professor Marston Conder||University of Auckland|
|Professor Peter Forrester||University of Melbourne|
|Dr Jessica Kasza||Monash University|
|Professor Stephen MacDonell||Auckland University of Technology / University of Otago|
|Professor Alistair Moffat||University of Melbourne|
|Professor Iain Raeburn||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Associate Professor Sarah Wakes||University of Otago|
Including: materials science; physics; chemistry; biophysics, chemical biology and biochemistry.
|Professor Penny Brothers (Convenor)||University of Auckland / Australian National University|
|Professor Elisabetta Barberio||University of Melbourne|
|Professor Simon Brown||University of Canterbury|
|Dr Chris Bumby||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Professor Naresh Kumar||University of New South Wales|
|Associate Professor Nigel Lucas||University of Otago|
|Associate Professor Megan Maher||University of Melbourne|
|Professor Emily Parker||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Dr Harald Schwefel||University of Otago|
Including: sociology; Māori studies; indigenous studies; sociology; social, developmental, organisational, community and health psychology; social, cultural and human geography; social anthropology; education; urban design and environmental studies; public health; nursing; public policy; political science; socio-linguistics; architecture.
|Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley (Convenor)||Massey University|
|Dr Melani Anae||University of Auckland|
|Associate Professor Maria Bargh||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Associate Professor Sharon Harvey||Auckland University of Technology|
|Associate Professor Roslyn Kerr||Lincoln University|
|Professor Robyn Longhurst||University of Waikato|
|Dr Isabelle Sin||Motu Economic and Policy Research|
|Associate Professor Gareth Treharne||University of Otago|
|Associate Professor Melinda Webber||University of Auckland|
Because of the large numbers of applications to the Social Sciences panel in previous years, preliminary Fast-Start SOC proposals will be assessed by a second panel. Proposals invited to the full application round will be assessed along with the Standard proposals by the full Social Sciences panel.
|Associate Professor Rachel Zajac (Convenor)*||University of Otago|
|Dr Allen Bartley||University of Auckland|
|Associate Professor Bethan Greener||Massey University|
|Professor Lynda Johnston||University of Waikato|
|Professor Te Kani Kingi||Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi|
|Dr Lisa Uperesa||University of Auckland|
* Goes to Social Sciences Standard panel at full proposal stage
The Marsden Fund secretariat at the Royal Society Te Apārangi maintains a list of potential panellists. If individuals wish to signal their availability to serve on a Marsden Fund Panel in 2021 or beyond, they should contact Dr Rachel Averill at the Royal Society Te Apārangi with their contact details, affiliation, a clear preference for which panel they would be suitable for, and ideally a link to their institutional web page.
Panellists are appointed by the Chief Executive of the Royal Society Te Apārangi based on the recommendation of the Marsden Fund panel Convenor. Appointments are made on a year-by-year basis for each calendar year. Panellists must be experienced researchers in an appropriate field and may be drawn from outside New Zealand if necessary.
In considering the suitability of potential panellists, the following requirements for panel composition should be taken into account as appropriate:
- mix of discipline expertise;
- institutional balance;
- geographic representation; and
- diversity/gender balance.
Panellists may not apply as a named as Principal or Associate Investigators to the panel they are serving on in that year. The Royal Society Te Apārangi will call for nominations from interested parties. Individuals can nominate themselves or institutes can nominate staff to serve on panels. All nominations received will be passed on to the relevant Convenor for consideration.