Catalyst: Strategic – Space 2019

The Catalyst: Strategic Call for Proposals for investment in satellite and space vehicle technologies aims to support the development of space sector capability in New Zealand. MBIE will fund up to six proposals and up to $500,000 over three years is available to each successful applicant.

Applicants must partner with organisations from one of the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States 
  • European Space Agency (ESA)

Building collaborative relationships with organisations from these countries is an important step towards developing New Zealand’s space sector capability. This CfP is a unilateral initiative and applicants are free to determine the nature of their collaboration.

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 both public and private 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. Companies that meet this definition are welcome to apply.

However, please read the objectives and assessment criteria in the CfP carefully. This investment will support science for the public good, with the overarching objective of developing capability in the New Zealand space sector to benefit Aotearoa more broadly. Proposals that do not contribute towards satisfying these objectives will not be successful. Applicants should therefore design their proposals with these objectives and criteria in mind.

You are welcome to contact MBIE at if you have any questions about eligibility or the CfP 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, 882 KB]

You must meet the deadlines for registration and for submitting your proposal. Applications that not been 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

12 April 2019

Registrations open

6 May 2019 | 12:00pm

Closing date for registrations

27 May 2019 | 12:00pm

Closing date for proposals

June 2019 (TBC)

Investment funding decision(s) announced

31 June 2019

Contracts expected to begin

Essential documents

Catalyst: Strategic – Space 2019 registration form [DOCX, 72 KB]

The information required to prepare and submit a registration for this Call

Catalyst: Strategic Call for Proposals [PDF, 882 KB]

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

Contact us

For more information, email

Last updated: 17 April 2019