Previous budgets

Information on 2018 and 2017 Budget announcements for science and innovation-related funding.

Budget 2018

Through Budget 2018 the Government invested $1.1 billion of funding over 4 years for research, science and innovation. This grew the total Government investment by 26% from $1.58 billion in 2017/18 to $1.99 billion in 2019/20.

Budget 2018 funding invested in new initiatives that stimulated increased business expenditure on R&D, invested in critical research, science and innovation infrastructure, and leveraged our international science relationships.

Budget 2018 Initiatives 18/19 19/20 20/21 21/22 Total
R&D tax credit $70m $280m $320m $350m $1020m
Measurement Standards Laboratory $2.5m $5.3m $4.2m $4.9m $16.9m
National Research Information System $3.9m $2.4m $2.2m $1.6m $10.1m
Science Cooperation with Singapore $12.0m $15.0m $15.0m $15.0m $57.0m
Total new funding $88.4m $302.7m $341.4m $371.5m $1104.0m

Budget 2018 demonstrated the Government’s commitment to lifting R&D spending to 2% of GDP by 2027. This package was the Government’s first investment in an inclusive, adaptive and resilient economy, underpinned by science and innovation.

Read the Science and Innovation Briefings on Budget 2018, 2 November 2017 - 15 May 2018 [PDF, 5.3 MB], released consistent with the Official Information Act.

Our initiatives receiving increased funding

Tax incentive

Through Budget 2018 the Government’s new R&D tax incentive received $1.02 billion over 4 years. This funding enabled the Government to deliver a 15% tax credit on eligible expenditure over $50,000 for businesses doing R&D in New Zealand. The credit is available for eligible expenditure incurred from 1 April 2019. Read more about the R&D tax incentive(external link).

Measurement Standards Laboratory (MSL)

The Government invested $16.9 million over 4 years in revitalising the Measurement Standards Laboratory. This was made up of $8.33m of new operational funding and $8.59m of new capital funding over 4 years. The funding supported MSL to maintain and adapt its metrology services so that it continues to support New Zealand’s businesses to grow, diversify and export.

Science Cooperation with Singapore

$57 million was set aside for joint research programmes in data science and future food science, supporting delivery of a new bilateral ‘Enhanced Partnership’ with Singapore. Funding is being made available now to enable negotiations with Singapore to be concluded.

National Research Information System

$10.1 million was budgeted for development of the National Research Information System (NRIS), an information hub where people can easily find information about research, science and innovation in New Zealand.

Learn more about NRIS.(external link)

Budget 2017

In Budget 2017, an additional $372.8 million was set aside to be invested over the following 4 years in science, skills, tertiary education, and economic development initiatives to build a stronger economic future for New Zealand.

This continued momentum from the $761.4 million investment made through the Innovative New Zealand programme in Budget 2016, and reaffirms the Government’s commitment in growing our science system, producing the 21st century skills New Zealand needs, and encouraging innovation and industry investment for a stronger, more resilient economy.

The Innovative New Zealand 2017 package includes:

  • $203.1 million for science and innovation over 4 years, taking the Government’s annual science and innovation investment to $1.66 billion by 2021.
  • $132.1 million for tertiary education, skills and employment over 4 years, to ensure New Zealand has a workforce that is able to meet the needs of our growing economy and adapt to change.
  • $31.1 million in economic development funding over 4 years to improve the experience for business when dealing with government and support our role as the lead space agency.

Our initiatives receiving increased funding

Antarctic science will receive $21 million in new funding over 3 years through the Strategic Science Investment Fund (SSIF). The initiative will provide a stable funding platform for strategic, underpinning Antarctic research.

Read the Antarctic science fact sheet [PDF, 228 KB]

The Government will invest $19.5 million over 4 years in enhancing New Zealand’s earthquake, tsunami and volcano monitoring capability.

Read the hazards monitoring fact sheet [PDF, 233 KB]

An additional $6 million over 3 years will be invested in the expansion of the Innovative Partnerships Programme to deliver on its goal of attracting 10 multinational companies to undertake R&D activity in New Zealand by 2020.

Read the Innovative Partnerships fact sheet [PDF, 307 KB]

An additional $74.6 million over the next 4 years will be invested to meet the rising demand for Callaghan Innovation’s business R&D Growth Grants. This takes the total available funding to $657.2m over 4 years.

Read the Growth Grants fact sheet [PDF, 227 KB]

The Endeavour Fund will receive an increase of $81.9 million over 4 years to grow the amount of excellent research with the potential for long-term, transformative impact in areas of future value, growth or critical need for New Zealand. This boosts the total amount of available to $878.6 million over four years.

Read the Endeavour Fund fact sheet [PDF, 312 KB] 

Other initiatives that contribute to the Government’s science and innovation spend in Budget 2017

An additional $52.5m will be invested in high-performing research-based institutions through the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF). This lifts funding available through the PBRF to $315m a year to further encourage and reward research excellence and research-based teaching.

Read the PBRF factsheet [PDF, 281 KB]