The Cognition Education Trust’s three strategic priorities are:

Building learning capabilities from birth, because of the compelling evidence of the importance of early years, the influence of parents, caregivers, family and whanau as first teachers, and our growing understanding that early emotional connectedness and language confidence are critical to engagement in learning.

  2. Increasing teacher effectiveness, because the evidence shows that effectiveness in teaching is the single most powerful influence on learning outcomes especially in years 1-10 of formal schooling

  3. Addressing inequalities, in particular to enhance learning outcomes for Māori, Pasifika,     neurodiverse and learning support students

Note: learning outcomes are defined as both the social and the cognitive skills and capabilities that are valued in our society.

The definition of “teacher” embraces a broad range of people who impact on a student’s learning outcomes, and includes members of the teaching profession, related professions, support staff, parents, family and whanau, and the wider community.


The CET is interested in innovative initiatives, interventions and projects that:

  1. Increase learners’ engagement in their learning
  2. Actively develop effective teaching and learning practice
  3. Integrate research, practice and evaluation
  4. Are replicable and/or provide evidence-based findings for dissemination other stakeholders
  5. Support purposeful collaboration; for example
  • Among teachers
  • Among parents/families/whanau
  • Among schools
  • Among organisations
  • Between schools and academic researchers
  • Between schools and stakeholders
  • Between schools and several funders


  Each year, the CET will define a particular area of interest. While this would not exclude consideration of other initiatives, interventions, and projects, the CET will be looking very closely at proposals aligned with this focus.


Re-engaging learners, their families and whanau, and members of the school’s wider community, in the learning community of their school.

Stewart Germann Grant

The Stewart Germann Grant OF $15,000  each year, was established in recognition of the long service of former Cognition Education Trust Chair, Stewart Germann.

This year, the Stewart Germann Grant application process will be amalgamated with the under $20,000 application process; but a specific award will be given to a suitable project. 


This year there are two types of grants with separate application forms:

  • Grants under/up to $20,000
  • Grants over $20,000

Applications for both funds need to demonstrate alignment with CET’s strategic granting aims and priorities.

The application process for smaller grants  aims to be as simple and flexible as possible with robust but minimal reporting requirements. 

For both funds we are giving mana and agency to recipients by  asking recipients themselves to identify what” success” looks like, in terms of the stated aims of the project/programme, and how they will assess it.

Please note, large amounts of background material are not needed ( e.g. annual reports). If more information is required, the Executive Officer will contact  you directly.

You will need to download the application forms to complete them.

Application form under $20,000

Application form over $20,000

Closing date is 5pm Friday 19 August.

Decisions will be made in October and grants paid out around 20 November.