New Zealand’s research, science and innovation relationship with the EU set to expand

Published: 11 February 2022

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has launched formal Exploratory Talks between Aotearoa New Zealand and the European Union on joining Horizon Europe.

These talks will explore the potential for New Zealand to become an Associate Member to Horizon Europe, the EU’s Europe-wide research and innovation funding programme. The programme holds a budget of approximately €95 billion, equivalent to about $157 billion NZ dollars over 7 years.

“Joining Horizon Europe would enable New Zealand researchers to apply directly for specific Horizon Europe grants as if they were in Europe, with funding going into the programme in New Zealand” says Iain Cossar, General Manager of Science, Innovation and International policy.

“The EU and New Zealand are natural partners with joint research objectives in areas like transitioning to zero carbon and reducing emissions from agriculture, responding to COVID-19 and preparing for pandemics, and developing emerging technology in areas like space” says Iain Cossar.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment look forward to this relationship continuing to grow and believe that the association will provide a great opportunity to increased scientific collaboration between New Zealand and the EU.

“This opportunity is likely to garner significant interest from New Zealand based researchers, with exciting new possibilities” says Iain Cossar.


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