Advanced Energy Technology platform

Through Budget 2019, the Government will invest $50 million over 7 years in a Strategic Science Investment Fund (SSIF) platform for advanced energy technologies research.

The platform’s aim

The Advanced Energy Technology platform aims to:

  • significantly lift capability in the energy sector,
  • support dynamic and world-class energy technology research,
  • enable New Zealand to strengthen existing, and build new, international research connections,
  • leverage knowledge and solutions to increase the impact and benefit for New Zealand.

We want to ensure New Zealand is well connected and continues to grow its international research linkages in this sector.

We now invite proposals for ambitious, excellent and well-defined research programmes which deliver on the Government’s advanced energy technology platform investment principles and wider Government priorities for the energy sector. Our Investment Management System(external link) will be open for applications from 20 November 2019 until 12 noon, 11 March 2020. Registration to apply for funds is compulsory.  All applicants must register in our IMS system by 18 December 2019. 

The funding available

The total funding available for a portfolio of advanced energy technology investments is up to $50 million over 7 years (exclusive of GST).

We are looking fund up to four research programmes for seven years.  Each research programme will be contracted separately.

Funding decisions

Our Deputy Chief Executive, Labour, Science and Enterprise will make the final investment decisions on which proposals will be funded.

We will notify applicants of the funding decisions and publish the decisions on our web site.

Contact us

For proposal queries, email
For technical IMS portal queries, email or call 0800 693 778 Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm