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First grants from 2020/21 Digital Government Partnership Innovation Fund announced

Nine innovation projects across 6 government entities have been awarded grants from the 2020/21 Digital Government Partnership Innovation Fund to progress digital and data innovation in the public sector.

Funding recipients

The Ministry for the Environment, Ministry of Health, Stats NZ, NZ Police, Public Sector Commission and the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) have all been awarded significant grants from the Innovation Fund.

Further awards may be made in 2021.

A cross-agency panel selected the projects based on their innovative vision, potential to produce positive system outcomes, and their alignment with the Strategy for a Digital Public Service.

Collaboration as part of a unified public service

The fund is not just about getting innovative ideas up and running. It also provides valuable insights around where system innovation is taking place.

“It’s a unique opportunity for agencies to build skills and share experiences while testing new ideas for joining government up behind the scenes.”

Colin Holden, GM System Strategy and Initiatives for Digital Public Service branch at DIA

For more information about the grants see the Innovation Fund recipients 2020/21.

About the Digital Government Partnership Innovation Fund

The Digital Government Partnership Innovation Fund is an annual contestable fund that invests in digital and data innovation.

The fund provides an opportunity for government organisations to collaborate and invest in early-stage, cross-agency pilots and prototypes.

The fund is administered by the Digital Public Service (DPS) branch at Te Tari Taiwhenua, Department of Internal Affairs.

Find out more

For more information about the Innovation Fund and application criteria, including guidance for applicants, visit Digital Government Partnership Innovation Fund.

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