Catalyst: Strategic – New Zealand-China joint research partnerships

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.

We will fund up to two proposals with up to $300,000 over three 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 four 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

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  
11 October 2019 Registrations open
29 October  2019 | 12:00pm Closing date for registrations
2 December 2019 | 12:00pm Closing date for proposals
March 2020 (TBC) Investment funding decision(s) announced
April 2020 (TBC) Contracts expected to begin

Essential documents

Catalyst: Strategic Call for Proposals [PDF, 1.5 MB] The information required to prepare and submit a funding proposal
National Statement of Science Investments 2015-2025 [PDF, 1.8 MB]  The New Zealand Government’s science investment strategy
Vision Mātauranga Policy [PDF, 359 KB]  The policy framework for unlocking the innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources, and people for the benefit of New Zealand
Catalyst Fund Contract [PDF, 131 KB] The Investment Contract template sets the terms and conditions under which we provide funding to the contracting organisation

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