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]

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:

Recently funded initiatives (MBIE-administered)

Catalyst: Strategic – NZ-Singapore Data Science Research Programme 
A 3 year bilateral programme with Singapore, which jointly funds Data Science research projects in areas of mutual importance.

Catalyst: Strategic – NZ-Singapore Future Foods Research Programme
A 3 year bilateral programme with Singapore, which jointly funds Future Foods research projects in areas of mutual importance.

Catalyst: Strategic – MethaneSAT atmospheric science project
A science project to investigate applications of the satellite’s data for New Zealand.

Catalyst: Strategic – NZ-China joint research partnerships 2019/20
An annual Call for Proposals for joint research projects with China in Food Science and Environmental Science.

Catalyst: Strategic – The Cyber Security Research Programme
A joint programme with Australia, with the aim to develop high quality research in cyber security and also to support the cyber security industry. 

Catalyst: Strategic – Space 2019
An investment in space sector capability.

Catalyst: Strategic – NZ-Korea joint research partnership
A bilateral programme supported by MBIE and the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT), which jointly funds 3 new projects every three years in areas of mutual importance.

Catalyst: Influence – Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science
$600,000 over five years from June 2020 has been provided to the International Science Council to support the work (being led by the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi) of the Council’s Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science.

Catalyst: Influence – NZ-Australia Biobridge
The University of Auckland has received $180,000 to build a Biobridge to connect New Zealand and Australia’s healthtech ecosystems to effectively grow and scale their joint expertise globally. Austrade, the Consortium for Medical Device Technologies (CMDT) and the MedTech Centre of Research Excellence (MedTech CoRE) are involved.

Contact us

For more information, email internationalscience@mbie.govt.nz.

Last updated: 01 October 2020