Moana Project scope achieves excellence
The Moana Project proposal was submitted to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment's (MBIE's) Endeavour Fund earlier this year and has now has passed the first of two assessment hurdles. In June, the initial assessments were released, with the Moana Project assessed as being scientifically excellent. This is great news because the Project can now be considered for full government funding.
In the next phase, the Project will be evaluated on impact.
"The Moana Project will deliver a wide range of impacts," states Science Leader Prof Moninya Roughan. "It will provide vital information about our ocean, which will improve the efficiency and reduce risks for marine-based industries. All information generated will be freely available, facilitating and enhancing research and development. The improved models will be instrumental for marine connectivity and pollution dispersal studies."
MBIE will announce the final funding decisions in September 2017.