Superu Children and Families Research Fund

In July 2017, Cabinet confirmed its decision to disestablish Superu. As a result, some of our key work programmes have been delegated or transferred to other agencies, effective from 1 November 2017.

Management of the contract for Growing Up in New Zealand and the Superu Children and Families Research Fund have been transferred to the Ministry of Social Development (MSD). To contact MSD, please email: 

So what’s left at Superu? Plenty! We continue to support Len Cook, the Families Commissioner and Chair of the Superu Board, as he advocates for the wellbeing of families and whānau. We’ll also continue our work with the broader social services sector around evaluation planning and using evidence. It’s an interesting and challenging time for the social sector, and we’ll be working hard to keep families at the forefront of the discussion. 


Information about the Fund

Applications for the second round of funding from the Superu Children and Families Research Fund (the Fund) closed on 20 October 2017.

The Fund is dedicated to funding policy-relevant research using anonymised data from the Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) study. It provides researchers with an opportunity to explore and shape social policy that supports children and their families, whānau and communities.

Superu recognises that researchers need to connect with GUiNZ data to help tackle key challenges that New Zealand children and their families face today. The Fund ensures that researchers have the access and funding they need to do this. The evidence produced as a result of the Fund will be released publicly so everyone can benefit. By helping to provide access to GUiNZ data, we aim to increase the use of evidence by people across the social sector so that they make better decisions.


Latest news

The 72 month GUiNZ external dataset will be available early in 2018. For information about the type of data collected in the 72 month dataset, here is a link to the questionnaire.


About GUiNZ

GUiNZ is a longitudinal study which aims to address policy and practice questions that are relevant at a national level. The data is collected by the University of Auckland. You can find more information about the study on our GUiNZ web page.


Who can apply

The Fund is open to government agencies, non-government organisations, academics, and public or independent research organisations with demonstrated research capability. Applicants are expected to have consulted or co-developed their thinking with the agencies or individuals they are expecting to partner or engage with in the research project.


Key dates

Description Date
Second funding round opens 22 August 2017
Applications close 20 October 2017
The assessment panel meets November 2017
The GUiNZ Data Access Committee reviews external data access applications November 2017
Grants are allocated January 2018


Current/completed research projects using GUiNZ data

Table of research projects (PDF 141 kB)


Application package

Application form (PDF, 370 kB)

Application guidelines (PDF, 198 kB)

Selection criteria (PDF, 146 kB)

Background paper (PDF, 165 kB)

Costs covered by the Fund (PDF, 130 kB)

Application process flow diagram (PDF, 256 kB)

Funding agreement (PDF, 122 kB)


Policy links

Social sector research directions

Better Public Service targets


GUiNZ data access and use


GUiNZ Data Access Protocol (PDF, 2.2 MB)

GUiNZ External Data Access Application Form (PDF, 520 kB)

GUiNZ External Data Access Application to Publish (PDF, 460 kB)

GUiNZ Data Access Workshop presentations

GUiNZ Data Dictionaries


For more information

If you have any questions about the Fund, please contact:

Date published: 
22 Aug 2017
Last update: 21 May 2018