"Emerging Innovators Voice: response to Te Ara Paerangi

Te Ara Paerangi Future Pathways is a multi-year programme focused on the future of New Zealand’s research system. The programme seeks to start an open and wide-ranging conversation on a range of issues facing the research system, how these issues might be addressed, and how to take advantage of emerging opportunities.

Hamilton NZ, 16 May 2022

We worked alongside a cohort of ‘KiwiNet Emerging Innovator’ alumni, to put together a response to the Government’s proposed Te Ara Paerangi Future Pathways. These innovators are early and mid-career scientists from Universities, Crown Research Institutes, and independent research institutes.

Emerging Innovators represent a small percentage of scientists who have had the opportunity to traverse the Research Phase (research activity) and the Development Phase (commercialisation activity) towards creating a commercial asset. Many have insight into both as they have gone on to create a commercial asset undergoing market/product development, and achieving impact for New Zealand.

They provide a unique view of the RSI system elucidating critical gaps and opportunities to develop a well-functioning, effective, impactful sector.

This cohort has provided broad feedback which has been distilled into the three most pertinent themes effecting early to mid-stage entrepreneurial scientists who have an interest in real-world application of scientific discovery.

Thank you to all who lent their unique and valuable voice to this work.

You can read the full response below.

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