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Funding and Support

LENScience is self-sustaining and relies completely on funding from external sources.

Funding Sources

Funding for the LENScience programmes comes from public good research and teaching grants, Government contracts and philanthropic donations.


Key supporters | Grants and 'in-kind' resources

  • The Norman F.B. Barry Foundation has provided funding to support professional learning and development (PLD)  for New Zealand teachers from 2017 to 2019.
  • The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Partnerships for International Investments Fund has provided a grant that enabled the Pacific Science for Health Literacy Partnership Programme from 2013 to 2017. This partnership between New Zealand, Tonga and the Cook Islands enabled the development, implementation and evaluation of education programmes based on our Healthy Start to Life Education for Adolescents Project model in Tonga and the Cook Islands.
  • The BUPA Foundation has provided a grant for collaborative research comparing the impact of application of the LENScience pedagogical model in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. This grant runs from 2013-2016.
  • Gravida: National Centre for Growth and Development was a major funder of LENScience, providing resource to enable the Healthy Start to Life Education for Adolescents Project and co-funding for LENScience Connect, Students as Researchers, Bio-Med Summer School and the Face-to-Face programmes.
  • The Ministry of Education supported LENScience through Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC) programme, contributing funding between 2008 and 2016 towards our Face-to-Face programmes.
  • The Sir John Logan Campbell Residuary Estate assisted with the capital development of the Sir John Logan Campbell Classroom at the Liggins Institute and contributes to the ongoing operational costs of LENScience programmes delivered within the Sir John Logan Campbell Classroom.
  • The Friedlander Foundation has provided financial support to the LENScience Bio-Med Summer School for five years through fully-funded scholarships, providing a unique opportunity for Year 13 students from low decile schools to further develop their understanding of biomedical research as they enter university.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri provided funding for the LENScience Māori and Pacific Science Initiative from 2010-2012.
  • Kordia has been providing LENScience advice and service in kind since 2008. Kordia have been responsible for successfully transmitting curriculum linked National Education events for students from Year 5-13 in addition to Professional Development workshops and seminars for teachers.
  • The Dick Roberts Community Trust provided funding to enable web-support for the LENScience Healthy Start to Life Education for Adolescents learning resources.
  • Manzana are providers of the 2Touch Interactive Whiteboard and Word Wall used by our teachers in the Sir John Logan Campbell Classroom; a whiteboard that is wide enough to accommodate multiple users and can be used as both an interactive whiteboard and marker board.

We value the growing number of supporters and donors who contribute to the LENScience educational programmes. Additional financial donations are gratefully accepted.


Supporting LENScience

LENScience is self-sustaining and relies completely on public good research grants, Government contracts and philanthropic donations to enable our programmes and our research.

If you wish to help support our programmes, we invite you to donate to LENScience through the University of Auckland website.

For information about alternative ways to donate to LENScience please email  

Note: The University of Auckland is a not-for-profit organisation.