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 Sarah Baird||University of Otago|
|Dr Lisa Connor||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Dr Joep de Ligt||Institute for Environmental Science and Research|
|Associate Professor Mhoyra Fraser||The University of Auckland|
|Dr Joanna Hicks||University of Waikato|
|Professor James Murphy||Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research|
|Associate Professor Pawel Olszewski||University of Waikato|
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 Nathan Kenny||University of Otago|
|Dr Laura Gumy||University of Otago|
|Associate Professor Colleen Higgins||Auckland University of Technology|
|Associate Professor Davide Comoletti||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Associate Professor Anthony Hickey||University of Auckland|
|Dr Heather Hendrickson||University of Canterbury|
|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|
|Professor Sarah Brough||University of New South Wales|
|Dr Giuseppe Cortese||GNS Science|
|Professor John Foden||The University of Adelaide|
|Associate Professor Adam Hartland||Lincoln Agritech, University of Waikato|
|Associate Professor Leanne Morgan||University of Canterbury|
|Associate Professor Julia Mullarney||University of Waikato|
|Professor Rewi Newnham||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Professor John Townend||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Dr Phaedra Upton||GNS Science|
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.
|Professor Jacqueline Beggs (Convenor)||University of Auckland|
|Professor Margaret Barbour||University of Waikato|
|Dr Manpreet Dhami||Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research|
|Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith||University of Otago|
|Associate Professor Priscilla Wehi||University of Otago|
|Associate Professor Craig Radford||University of Auckland|
|Professor Steven Cooper||University of Adelaide / South Australian Museum|
|Dr Simon Stewart||Cawthron Institute|
|Associate Professor Matthew Stott||University of Canterbury|
|Professor Rod Connolly||Griffith University|
Including: economics; psychology (experimental, cognitive, neuro-); cognitive science; cognitive linguistics; archaeology; biological anthropology; business studies; commerce; management studies; marketing; communication science and demography.
|Professor Chellie Spiller (Convenor)||University of Waikato|
|Associate Professor Paul Corballis||University of Auckland|
|Associate Professor Tamlin Conner||University of Otago|
|Professor Helena Cooper-Thomas||Auckland University of Technology|
|Professor Paul Dalziel||Lincoln University|
|Associate Professor Bridgette Masters-Awatere||University of Waikato|
|Associate Professor Matthew Roskruge||Massey University|
|Emeritus Professor Peter Sheppard||University of Auckland|
|Dr Isabelle Sin||Motu|
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|
|Professor Brendon Bradley||University of Canterbury|
|Associate Professor Peng Cao||University of Auckland|
|Professor Nicole Kessissoglou||University of New South Wales|
|Dr Jerome Leveneur||GNS|
|Dr Hin Lim||University of Waikato|
|Associate Professor Khoon Lim||University of Otago|
|Professor Melissa Knothe Tate||Blue Mountains Interdisciplinary Innovation Institute|
|Dr Filicia Wicaksana||University of Auckland|
Including: English; languages; history; religion; philosophy; law; classics; linguistics; literature; cultural studies; media studies; art history; film.
|Professor Cynthia White (Convenor)||Massey University|
|Dr Anita Brady||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Professor Tim Dare||University of Auckland|
|Associate Professor Carwyn Jones||Te Wānanga o Raukawa|
|Dr Nēpia Mahuika||Massey University|
|Dr Daniel Osland||University of Otago|
|Associate Professor Sarah Shieff||University of Waikato|
|Professor Elizabeth Toomey||University of Canterbury|
Including: pure mathematics; applied mathematics; statistics; operations research; logic; computer science; information systems; and software engineering.
|Professor Stephen MacDonell (Convenor)||AUT and University of Otago|
|Professor Jennifer Brown||University of Canterbury|
|Professor Stephen Cranefield||University of Otago|
|Professor Rod Downey||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Professor Rod Gover||The University of Auckland|
|Dr Jessica Kasza||Monash University|
|Professor Andrew Mathas||University of Sydney|
|Associate Professor Michael Norrish||Australian National University|
|Associate Professor Sarah Wakes||University of Otago|
|Professor Alan Fekete||University of Sydney|
Including: materials science; physics; chemistry; biophysics, chemical biology and biochemistry.
|Professor Penny Brothers (Convenor)||The University of Auckland / Australian National University|
|Associate Professor Jane Allison||The University of Auckland|
|Dr Chris Bumby||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Professor Matthew Davis||The University of Queensland|
|Professor David Lupton||Monash University|
|Professor Sarah Masters||University of Canterbury|
|Professor Elizabeth New||University of Sydney|
|Dr Jonathan Squire||University of Otago|
|Associate Professor Frederique Vanholsbeeck||The University of Auckland|
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|
|Associate Professor Karyn Paringatai||University of Otago|
|Associate Professor Sharon Harvey||Auckland University of Technology|
|Professor Roslyn Kerr||Lincoln University|
|Associate Professor Sophie Bond||University of Otago|
|Professor Michael Cameron||University of Waikato|
|Professor Marc Wilson||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Distinguished Professor Steven Ratuva||University of Canterbury|
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.
|Professor Holly Thorpe (Convenor)*||University of Waikato|
|Dr Lisa Uperesa||University of Auckland
|Dr Apisalome Movono||Massey University|
|Professor Te Kani Kingi||Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi|
|Dr Marcela Palomino-Schalscha||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Professor Sarah Riley||Massey University|
* 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 2023 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.