Application and assessment information for the Mission Operations Control Centre hosting opportunity

How to apply for the opportunity to host a New Zealand Mission Operations Control Centre and how applications are assessed.

Who can apply

To be eligible for funding under this call for proposals, the applicant must:

  • be a New Zealand university
  • have the capacity and facilities to establish the MOCC on campus.

Proposals that we consider don't meet these criteria will be declined on eligibility grounds.

See the Opportunity to host a New Zealand Mission Operations Control Centre: Call for proposals [PDF, 949 KB]

Application and assessment details

All applications must be entered and submitted in our Investment Management System – a secure online portal. The information required and the assessment criteria is detailed in the call for proposals. Applications can be submitted from 15 January 2021 until 12 noon, 16 March 2021.

Go to the Investment Management System (IMS) Portal

Assessment will be performed by a panel of assessors. We will publish the names and biographies of the assessment panel members before the proposal submission closing date. Eligible applicants may also be invited to speak present to the panel. We will provide additional information to invited applicants nearer the time.

Information session

We will be holding a virtual MOCC information session for universities on 4 February 2021. At this session we will:

  • outline the vision and intent of the investment,
  • discuss the assessment criteria and application process, and
  • answer questions in an open forum together with key contacts from the MethaneSAT mission and Rocket Lab. Questions in advance are welcomed.

We strongly recommend university representatives attend this session if you are intending to apply for this hosting opportunity.

Registration is required

To register your attendance to the MOCC Information session, email: SSIF.investment@mbie.govt.nz on or before 22 January 5pm with your name, organisation and your research interest(s).

On receipt of your registration email, we will confirm your attendance and advise of further details. Limits to numbers from a single organisation may apply.

Important dates

4 February 2021 Information session
15 January 2021 until 12 noon, 16 March 2021 Submission period for proposals
23 March 2021 Assessment Panel meeting
April 2021 MBIE investment decisions announced
Negotiated, from 1 May 2021 Contract begins

NB. Dates are subject to change.

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Essential documents

Conflicts of interest

We will publish the names and biographies of the assessment panel members before the proposal submission closing date.

If you identify that an assessor has an actual, potential or perceived direct or indirect conflict of interest, email us with the following details as soon as possible so we can look into it and reassign assessors as necessary:

  • your application reference
  • your contact phone number
  • the assessor’s name or names
  • the reason for your concern.

Contact us

For proposal queries, email: SSIF.investment@mbie.govt.nz

For technical IMS portal queries, email: imssupport@mbie.govt.nz or call 0800 693 778 Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Last updated: 12 March 2021