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

The annual 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.

Applications for the 2020/21 New Zealand – China SRA funding round closed on 18 November 2020.

Results are expected to be announced in October 2021

About this Programme

We 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 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. The Call for Proposal sets out the investment priorities and assessment criteria for this funding call.

The New Zealand-China SRA 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.

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.

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

Essential documents

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Last updated: 12 February 2021