Catalyst: Strategic – New Zealand-China joint research partnerships 2019/2020

MBIE has announced the two successful proposals for the 2019/20 Catalyst: Strategic investment under the New Zealand–China Strategic Research Alliance (SRA).

About this programme

The New Zealand – China SRA is an annual funding programme that helps to facilitate bilateral science, research and innovation collaborations between New Zealand and Chinese research organisations. It is a bilateral initiative with the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).

MBIE supports two joint research projects each year, one each in the bilateral priority areas of Food Science and Environmental Science. New Zealand research teams were able to apply for up to $300,000 (excluding GST) over three years, with their Chinese partners applying for their own funding through MOST.

Funded projects

Lead NZ organisation Project title
Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited Rapid Detection and Control of Pathogens in Food Supply Chains
AgResearch Limited Environmental assessment of agricultural production and implications of trade between New Zealand and China

The Health Research Council administers a separate Call for Proposals under the New Zealand-China SRA, on behalf of MBIE, in the third priority area of Health and Biomedical Science. The successful project has been announced on their website:

How do antimicrobial combinations suppress development of resistance?(external link)

Public Statements of funded projects (MBIE-administered)

Important dates

Date Activity
November 2020 Projects begin
November 2023 Projects conclude

Contact us

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Last updated: 04 February 2021