Catalyst: Strategic – New Zealand-China joint research partnerships 2020/2021

The Catalyst: Strategic Call for Proposals for joint research partnerships between New Zealand and the People’s Republic of China is made in support of the New Zealand – China Strategic Research Alliance (SRA). The SRA helps to facilitate bilateral science, research and innovation collaborations between New Zealand and Chinese research organisations.

MBIE will fund up to 2 proposals with up to $300,000 over 3 years available to each successful applicant. Proposed research projects must be in one of the two bilateral priority areas: Food Science and Environmental Science

This Call for Proposals is a bilateral initiative with the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). Applicants’ Chinese counterparts must apply for their own funding through MOST’s parallel Call for Proposals.

Please read the investment priorities and assessment criteria in the Call for Proposal carefully. This investment will support joint research projects in the bilateral priority areas, with the overarching objective of developing enduring science and innovation collaboration partnership with world-class Chinese counterparts.

Catalyst: Strategic is one of the 4 funding streams within the Catalyst Fund. The Catalyst Fund supports activities that initiate, develop and foster collaborations building on international science and innovation for New Zealand’s benefit.

Who can apply

This Call is open to public research organisations. For the purposes of this investment, a research organisation is defined as an organisation that has internal capability for carrying out research, science or technology, or related activities.

You are welcome to contact MBIE at if you have any questions about eligibility or the Call for Proposals more generally.

The application and assessment process

Download the Catalyst: Strategic Call for Proposals for full details on the application, assessment and contracting process.

Catalyst: Strategic Call for Proposals [PDF, 1.2 MB]

You must meet the deadlines for registration and for submitting your proposal. Applications that were not registered prior to the due date will not be accepted. Late proposals will not be considered except in exceptional circumstances beyond the applicant’s control.

Important dates

Catalyst: Strategic
1 October 2020 Registrations open
21 October 2020 | 12:00pm Closing date for registrations
18 November 2020 | 12:00pm Closing date for proposals
May 2021 (TBC) Investment funding decision(s) announced
June 2021 (TBC) Contracts expected to begin

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Last updated: 01 October 2020