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As part of its commitment to supporting collaborative research, in 2013/14 the Government held a selection round for CoREs. The 2013 Budget allocation increased the fund by 10%, bringing the total amount of annual funding to just under $35 million. The CoREs funding is for operational costs and operational expenditure only.
The TEC contracted the Royal Society of New Zealand to run an independent, fully contestable selection process and provide the TEC with recommendations in early April 2014 on funding for Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs). The Royal Society of New Zealand provided similar support in previous CoREs selection rounds, and is recognised for its independence and understanding of research provision. The TEC Board of Commissioners made the final decisions in May 2014.
The CoREs that were successful through the 2013/14 selection round are:
The fully contestable nature of the 2013/14 CoREs funding round meant current CoREs were required to reapply alongside potential CoREs. The Royal Society of New Zealand considered all applications against the same four published selection criteria and based on the evidence provided in those applications. Research excellence was by far the most heavily weighted criterion considered in the selection process. Applications had to demonstrate a high level of research excellence and if they did not reach the threshold they did not progress through the selection round.