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Biennial Grants and University Research Programmes

Toka Tū Ake EQC funds Biennial Grants every two years, and University Research Programmes every three years.

Funding decisions are made in accordance with the requirements of the Earthquake Commission Act 1993(external link) and areas of interest in the Toka Tū Ake EQC’s Research Investment Priorities Statement [PDF, 1.4 MB].

You can see currently funded Biennial Grant projects and University Research Programmes in our full list of current research.

University Research Programme 2024-26

Expressions of Interest (EoI) for the University Research Programme 2024-26 are now closed.

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Important Dates

 3 October 2022
  • Call for Proposals                       
  • Expression of Interest Proposals Opens 
27 October 2022
  • Two Information sessions:10.00-11.00am and 2.00 - 3.00pm
11 November 2022 5:00pm
  • Expressions of Interest Proposals close on SmartyGrants
20 January 2023
  • Applicants notified of EoI decisions and Full Proposals open on SmartyGrants
31 March 2023  5:00pm
  • Full Proposals close on SmartyGrants
26 May 2023

  • Applicants notified of Funding Decisions
1 January 2024
  • Contracts Begin

 Key Documents

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Assessment Panel for University Research Programme 2024-26

We are pleased to announce the 2024 assessment panel:

Ruth Berry

Director Building Better Homes Towns and Cities National Science Challenge at Hosted by BRANZ Ltd

Delia Tamsen

Senior Investment Manager, Contestable Investments at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Delia has extensive research experience and a strong earth science background. She worked for 13 years at GNS Science in various roles, most recently managing the Resilience to Nature's Challenges National Science Challenge before moving to the Contestable Investments team at MBIE. Delia is passionate about seeing the delivery of science outcomes into policy and practice, for the environmental, social and economic benefit of Aotearoa.

Nick Horspool

Senior Natural Hazard Risk Scientist at GNS Science.

Nick Horspool researches the impacts of natural hazards on communities and uses this knowledge to develop natural hazard risk models for a range of applications, from disaster management planning to the (re)insurance industry, with a particular focus on earthquake and tsunami perils.

Dr Angela Doherty

Principal Science Advisor at Auckland Emergency Management

Angela has an extensive background in earth sciences and hazard and disaster management. Having worked as an academic and researcher internationally, she now provides hazards and science advice to the largest emergency management authority in the country.

Caleb Dunne

Senior Advisor, Risk Reduction and Resilience at Toka Tū Ake EQC.

Originally from California, he studied and practiced as a structural and earthquake engineer before deciding that Kiwis knew a few things about disasters. He moved over in 2019 to find out just how much, and now applies his engineering background to increase the resilience of the built environment. When not thinking about disasters at work, he still thinks about them as a volunteer with Civil Defence in Christchurch as a member of NZ Response Team 14.

Prof Jon Procter
Muaupoko, Ngāi Tahu

Co-leader, Volcanoes - Massey University

Jonathan Procter is a Professor of Natural Hazards at Massey University. He has contributed to developing research that focuses on volcanic hazard simulation and working with communities to increase resilience to natural and environmental hazards.

Jonathan manages the Volcanic Risk Solutions (VRS) research group and has contributed nationally to developing new research directions in volcanology.


Toka Tū Ake EQC has now completed the Information Sessions for the URP 2024-26

Toka Tū Ake EQC has now completed the Information Sessions for the URP 2024-26 Round held on 27 October 2022.

Information from this session can be downloaded:

Information Session Slides  [PDF, 1.4 MB]
Questions and Answers [PDF, 228 KB] 

We have also recorded a session for you to view below.

Recorded Information Sessions for the URP 2024-26 Round

Our team have recorded a session for you to view in case you have any questions or queries.

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2024 Biennial Grants

The next round of applications for 2024 Biennial Grants will open in mid-2023. Successful 2022 Biennial Grants can be found in currently funded projects. 

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