We invest in science through contestable funding rounds. This investment supports programmes which build high-performing science and innovation systems that will transform New Zealand into a more diverse, technologically advanced and smart nation.
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The Commercialisation Partner Network (CPN) builds the capability to turn science findings into commercially viable products.
Supporting activities that initiate, develop and foster collaborations which take advantage of international science and innovation for New Zealand’s benefit.
Through Curious Minds, the Government support activities, projects and programmes that work with communities, businesses and educators to boost engagement between science, technology and society. Curious Minds encourages all New Zealanders to ask good questions, solve local problems and uncover innovative science and technology solutions for a brighter future.
The Endeavour Fund plays a unique role in the science system through an open, contestable process with a focus on both research excellence and impact.
The Envirolink Scheme funds Crown research institutes, universities and private research organisations to provide regional councils with advice and research on environmental projects.
The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Capability Fund seeks to support research organisations to identify and break down barriers to attracting, retaining and growing an equitable, diverse and inclusive workforce.
The MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowship is aimed at supporting excellent early career researchers impacted by COVID-19 in the New Zealand research science system. This is a one-off initiative and will provide support of around $10 million over two years for 30 Fellows.
The National Science Challenges were established in 2014 and aim to tackle the biggest science-based issues and opportunities facing New Zealand.
Through the New Zealand in Space Exhibition investment opportunity, we are seeking to fund an exhibition that will inspire the next generation of space professionals, showcase the benefits of New Zealand’s space activity and highlight to our young people that space is opening new career pathways for them.
From April 2020 to June 2020, we called for expression of interests for COVID-19 Innovation Acceleration Fund funding. The initial size of the Fund was $25 million (excluding GST) with an anticipated minimum proposal size of $50,000 (excluding GST) and a criteria that projects needed to achieve impact within 18 months.
Supporting high-quality research aimed at increasing the competitiveness and sustainability of New Zealand’s economy.
Funding commercialisation projects from publicly funded research.
The Regional Research Institute (RRI) initiative established new, independently governed, private or private not-for-profit regional research institutes.
The Strategic Science Investment Fund (SSIF) funds strategic investment in research programmes and scientific infrastructure that have long-term beneficial impact on New Zealand’s health, economy, environment and society.
Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund invests in the development of skilled people and organisations that undertake research supporting the themes and outcomes of our Vision Mātauranga policy.
Grants for scientific research and associated activities since 2007.