Catalyst: Strategic – New Zealand-Singapore Future Foods Research Programme

MBIE is committing up to $12 million over three years to support approximately four joint Future Foods research projects with Singapore.

Under the Government-wide NZ-Singapore Enhanced Partnership(external link), the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) is establishing a collaborative Future Foods research programme with the Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). Applicants are invited to apply for funding through the contestable Call for Proposals on this page.

The Future Foods Research Programme

This Call for Proposals (“the Call”) is a bilateral investment funded by MBIE and A*STAR, and is open to proposals that involve at least one New Zealand-based Principal Investigator (PI) and one Singapore-based PI.

The New Zealand project team may apply for up to NZ$3 million (excluding GST) of funding over three years. The Singapore project team may apply for up to SG$1.2 million (including overheads of 20%) over the same period.

The successful proposals will:

  • lead to the creation of new and world-leading knowledge in Future Foods
  • advance the development of a dynamic and world class Future Foods scientific capability for both countries that addresses major challenges for the economy, environment and society
  • support and encourage the development and exchange of scientific strengths and capabilities within each country and to allow each country to benefit from each other’s global connections to cutting edge science
  • build successful collaboration models that ensure maximum synergy in research development across teams
  • identify mechanisms aimed at transfer of knowledge to a wide range of users across New Zealand

More information on the Call, including the investment priority areas, can be found in the Call for Proposals:

Who can apply?

On the New Zealand side, applications are open to both public and private New Zealand-based research organisations. However, proposals will be assessed against their public benefits and private organisations should clearly indicate how their proposal will benefit New Zealand.

On the Singapore side, applications are open to Singapore-based public sector research performers, such as the Institutes of Higher Learning (including universities and polytechnics), A*STAR Research Institutes, and non-defence related public sector agencies (e.g. Ministries and Statutory Boards).

The application and assessment process

  1. New Zealand and Singapore applicants must jointly develop a single proposal that will be submitted through MBIEs Investment Management System (IMS).
  2. Registration is compulsory and includes the submission of a proposal outline to enable MBIE and A*STAR to identify suitable assessors.
  3. New Zealand and Singapore applicants collectively develop their full proposal, which the New Zealand applicants submit through IMS.

MBIE and A*STAR will jointly assess the proposals and anticipate funding approximately four Future Foods research projects.

Important dates

31 January 2020 Call for Proposals published
Early February IMS Portal opens
20 February 2020, 12 noon

Registrations close

Note: registrations are mandatory for this investment
16 March 2020, 12 noon Closing date for proposals
March-April 2020  Proposals assessed
May/June 2020 Results released to applicants
June/July 2020 Successful projects contracted

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Last updated: 13 February 2020