Catalyst Fund

The Catalyst Fund supports activities that initiate, develop and foster collaborations which take advantage of international science and innovation for New Zealand’s benefit.

International science and innovation connectivity is a key contributor to achieving the vision of National Statement of Science Investment, providing an opportunity to drive increasing excellence and the potential for impact of New Zealand science.

The funding available

The Catalyst Fund consists of 4 funding streams:

  • Catalyst: Influence
  • Catalyst: Leaders
  • Catalyst: Seeding
  • Catalyst: Strategic

Outline of the funding framework: Advancing global science partnerships for NZ [PDF, 282 KB]

The current Catalyst Fund investment opportunities available are:

A number of Catalyst Fund programmes are also administered by the Health Research Council and the Royal Society of New Zealand, on our behalf. Information about these programmes can be found on the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Health Research Council websites:

Funded programmes

A Catalyst: Strategic funding call focused on joint research partnerships between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea closed in January 2018. Three New Zealand teams, in the areas of digital and ICT, health and biotechnologies, and biotechnology, received a combined total of NZ$1,135,000 over a 3-year period with their Korean counterparts.

Contact us

For more information, email

Last updated: 20 December 2019