Research Strategy 2020-24

Predator Free 2050 Limited’s research strategy focusses on achieving the government’s Predator Free 2050 interim goal of a breakthrough science solution by 2025 that is capable of eradicating at least one small mammalian predator from mainland New Zealand.

The Research Strategy 2020-24 focusses on the outcomes for which breakthrough science is most needed. These were identified in the Draft Predator Free 2050 Research Strategy 2020-2024 as the achievement and maintenance of predator eradication at landscape scale in backcountry.

By driving breakthrough science for Predator Free 2050, the Research Strategy addresses a critical strategic gap in the New Zealand Research, Science & Technology system. This will be accomplished through multiple mechanisms including Capability Development, Co-Funding and Supporting Applications to other Contestable Funds, and Direct Investment of uniquely positioned key providers, supported by smaller investments into Enabling Elements for the Predator Free mission.

Current Research Projects

Predator Free 2050 Limited is currently supporting teams researching predator behaviour, carbon accounting, possum gene-editing, rat genetic control, stoat breeding, predator fertility control, predator detection and autonomous robotics, while continuing to drive the scaling-up of eradication with the technologies that we already have.

Capability Development

To date we have provided student fieldwork grants, PhD scholarships and Postdoctoral research grants. Other opportunities pending.

Co-Funding and Supporting Applications to other Contestable Funds

Co-funding requests are invited from researchers submitting funding applications for projects that will initiate in the strategy timeframe.

International collaboration

Predator Free 2050 Limited Science Strategy Manager Professor Dan Tompkins is a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Task Force on Synthetic Biology and Biodiversity Conservation.

The Task Force recently published Genetic frontiers for conservation – An assessment of synthetic biology and biodiversity conservation.

Prof Tompkins represents the Task Force on the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Synthetic Biology.