COVID-19 research database

In response to COVID-19, New Zealand’s research, science and innovation sector is undertaking research activity.

To make sure the sector is well coordinated, able to share ideas and work together, the New Zealand Research Information System team is coordinating a central source of data about COVID-19 research and funding.

This version of the database was updated on Thursday, 7 April 2022.

COVID-19 research database [XLSX, 167 KB]

New Zealand’s COVID-19 research response

MBIE’s Science and Innovation team has produced 2 COVID-19 Research Response reports. These reports analyse external bibliometric data as well as the research activity and funding recorded in the COVID-19 research database to provide insights into New Zealand’s research response.

COVID-19 Research Response Report – August 2022

Case studies mentioned in the August 2022 report

Web version of the August 2022 report

Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID-19 Research Response – August 2022 [PDF, 1.7 MB]

COVID-19 Research Response Report – July 2020

New Zealand's COVID-19 research response – July 2020 [PDF, 253 KB]


The New Zealand Research Information System (NZRIS) team, based at MBIE, is undertaking this work on behalf of the research, science and innovation sector. The data collected aligns with standards set by NZRIS, so that once NZRIS is up and running, the COVID-19 related research data can be incorporated into NZRIS.

Data is provided by researchers and organisations. This means that the data in this spreadsheet belongs to the researchers and organisations who have submitted it. The NZRIS team is simply coordinating the collection of the data so that it is easy to find in one place. As it contains information provided voluntarily by researchers and organisations willing to share details on their work, it is by no means comprehensive. Some fields may be blank either because the data was not available or the submitter chose not to provide it. Note that MBIE is not responsible for the accuracy of the data, and we will direct enquiries about specific research activities to the organisation or researcher that provided the data.

The initial database was developed and supported by Universities New Zealand. Universities New Zealand, research funders such as the Health Research Council, and key government agencies such as the Ministry of Health and Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet are all supporting this work.

Last updated: 14 March 2023