Science roadmap signed with China

Published: 29 June 2023

New Zealand and China have signed a renewed 5-year roadmap for science and technology that prioritises joint research on food, health and the environment.

The 2 countries also confirmed their continued support for the annual scientist exchange programme that has been in place since 2009. This enables up to 10 New Zealand and 10 Chinese researchers to visit their partners in the other country.

New Zealand and Chinese scientists have been cooperating for more than 40 years.

The roadmap is the third between China and New Zealand and was signed on 28 June as part of Prime Minister Chris Hipkins’ visit to China. It covers collaborative activities from 2023 to 2027 and sets priority areas for cooperation.

Under the roadmap, New Zealand and China will focus their joint research around projects in 3 areas: food science, health and biomedical sciences, and environmental science.

Projects will be considered through the annual Strategic Research Alliance funding round, with China and New Zealand each agreeing to commit at least RMB10 million (NZD2.3 million) a year.

Developing and maintaining strong international science partnerships is key to New Zealand’s ability to solve its national challenges. China is a significant investor in science and research with world-class research infrastructure and expertise that complements New Zealand’s.

China-New Zealand 5-Year Roadmap 2023-2027 [PDF, 717 KB]