Catalyst: Strategic – the New Zealand-China Research Collaboration Centres
Established in 2016, the New Zealand-China Research Collaboration Centres are a mechanism to align existing cooperation and build new connections between New Zealand and Chinese researchers. In 2020, their mandate was expanded to include the coordination and support of joint research projects with China.
About the Centres
The Centres were established through a 2016 Catalyst: Strategic Call for Proposals as a mechanism for aligning existing cooperation and building new connections between New Zealand and Chinese researchers and institutions.
MBIE set up the Centres in three of the bilateral priority areas agreed in the 2012-2016 Five Year Roadmap for New Zealand-China Science and Technology Cooperation:
|The New Zealand – China Food Protection Network
|The University of Otago
|The New Zealand – China Non-Communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre
|The New Zealand – China Water Research Centre
The Centres were originally funded for five years (from 2016 through to 2021) up to a total of $3.75 million (GST excluded) between the three Centres. Through coordinated, sector-wide engagements such as workshops, mentoring and science exchanges, they work to broaden and strengthen the research, innovation and commercial links between the two countries.
In 2020, MBIE allocated additional funding to the Centres of up to $4 million over four years for the coordination and support of collaborative research projects between New Zealand and China that will generate new knowledge, contributing to innovative and world-class scientific advances in their respective areas of research. Cross-institutional, multi-disciplinary teams will enable the active sharing of expertise and resources between organisations.
Public statements from the Centres
The NZ-China Food Protection Network
The NZ-China NCD Research Collaboration Centre
The NZ-China Water Research Centre