Partnerships application and assessment information

How to apply for funding through the Research Partnerships Fund and how applications are assessed.

Who can apply

Partnerships must include at least 2 sector partners or a sector representative body and at least 1 research organisation. Applicants can be an industry or a research organisation or an entity specifically set up to represent and manage the partnership. We will only enter into an Investment Contract with a New Zealand-based legal entity.

Eligibility criteria are set out in the Partnerships Gazette Notice number 2018-go1947(external link)

See the Partnerships Scheme Call for Proposals for full application details.

Partnerships Scheme Call for Proposals [PDF, 1.2 MB]

The application process

Partnerships investment involves a 2-stage application process:

  • Stage 1: Interested parties are invited to submit a Concept. The Science Board will assess Concepts against the eligibility criteria in the Gazette notice. The Science Board will select Concepts to progress to Stage 2 and invite the successful applicants to submit a Full Proposal.
  • Stage 2: If invited to submit a Full Proposal, it will be assessed by independent assessors. The investment decisions will be made by the Science Board. Criteria for assessment are set out in the Partnerships Gazette Notice. In addition to excellence and impact criteria, the Gazette Notice sets out information on additional criteria related to governance arrangements and Vision Mātauranga.


Important dates

7 May 2018

 IMS Portal opens for Concepts

24 July 2018 | 12 noon

Closing date for Concepts

Early October 2018

We notify applicants of results and invites successful applicants to submit a Full Proposal

Early October 2018

Our IMS Portal opens for Full Proposal

7 February 2019 | 12 noon

Closing date for Full Proposals

Late May 2019

Funding decision(s) announced

July 2019

Contract begins

 NB. Dates are subject to change. 

Essential documents

Partnerships 2018 Call for Proposals [PDF, 1.2 MB] 

The information required to prepare and submit a funding proposal


Partnerships Assessment Guidelines 2018 funding round [PDF, 745 KB]

Operational instructions for Assessors assessing 2018 Partnerships proposals.

Partnerships 2018 Call for Proposals Addendum [PDF, 269 KB] 

This addendum contains amendments and additions to information in the 2018 Call for Proposals.


Partnerships 2018 Funding Round Questions and Answers [PDF, 194 KB]

Application questions and answers as at February 2019

Partnerships 2018 Investment Plan  [PDF, 300 KB]

The Partnerships Investment Plan provides the strategic context and sets out investment priorities for Partnerships.

Partnerships 2018 Gazette Notice(external link)

The grounds for the Science Board’s decisions, criteria for eligibility and assessment of proposals, and policy objectives for Partnerships funding.

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

Partnerships Investment Contract [PDF, 388 KB]

The Investment Contract template sets the terms and conditions under which funding is provided by us to the contracting organisation.

Contestable Investments Annual Reporting Guidelines for the period 2019 – 2020 [PDF, 670 KB]

Annual reporting guidelines for contestable investment funded programmes.

Contact us

For Concept and Full Proposal queries, email

For Portal queries, email or phone 0800 693 778 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm).

In this section

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Last updated: 04 February 2019