Recent investments

New Zealand/Australia research collaborations

Three successful New Zealand-Australia research collaboration projects were announced in June 2017. The projects will receive a combined total investment of $4.46 million over three years.

Funding of these partnerships reinforces the commitment Government made to support valuable collaboration with Australia across the trans-Tasman innovation and science system through the New Zealand – Australia Science, Research and Innovation Cooperation Agreement, which was signed in February 2017.

The projects are:

  • The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research and others, in collaboration with the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries and others, will undertake research on key New Zealand plant species’ susceptibility to Myrtle Rust.
  • The University of Auckland, in collaboration with Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, will investigate links between genes, environment, molecular physiology and health through early- and mid-life to improve the health of our children.
  • Massey University and others, in collaboration with CSIRO, will explore turning metal-organic frameworks into disruptive technologies and applications including new catalysts for eliminating nitrous oxide greenhouse gas emissions.


Read summaries of the successful proposals [PDF 229KB]

New Zealand-China Research Collaboration Centres

An investment of $3.75 million over five years for three New Zealand-China Research Collaboration Centres was announced on 30 June 2016. Each centre will receive up to $250,000 (GST exclusive) per year.

Through this investment, MBIE is supporting New Zealand research organisations to engage with China in certain science and innovation priority areas.

The successful applicants were:

  • Lincoln University, hosting the New Zealand-China Water Research Centre
  • Massey University, hosting the New Zealand-China Food Protection Network – a Collaborative Centre for Food Safety and Security
  • The University of Otago, hosting the New Zealand-China Non-Communicable Diseases Collaboration Centre.


The objective of centres is to maximise the collaboration opportunities with China for the New Zealand science sector. They will do this through the creation and sharing of knowledge, insights, networks, and multi-institutional research and commercial partnerships.

Read summaries of the successful proposals [PDF 280KB]

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