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Want funding for innovation and sustainability projects?




At Catalyst we have a very good track record in helping companies obtain funds for innovation and sustainability projects.  We have worked with clients to access in excess of $12 million of funding from various sources.  Some of the options are outlined in this article and we will be updating this resource regularly.

Innovation

Callaghan Innovation R&D Funding

Callaghan Innovation have research and development grants available, including:

  • Research & Development Growth Grants: These on-demand, three-year grants provide 20% public co-funding for qualifying firms’ eligible R&D expenditure, capped at $5 million per annum.
  • R&D Project grants: These are primarily targeted at businesses that do not receive an R&D Growth Grant, for example, businesses with smaller research and development programmes and businesses new to R&D. Project grants typically provide 30-50% public co-funding ranging from $5k -$250k.
  • R&D Student Grants: Designed to support New Zealand undergraduate and postgraduate students to gain and develop their technical skills in a commercial research environment, while bringing capability into New Zealand businesses.

AGMARDT

AGMARDT is a not-for-profit trust that supports leadership, innovation and research capability within the agribusiness sector. They provide funding through schemes for activities including:

  • International market development
  • The development and implementation of innovative agribusiness solutions
  • Leadership and governance development
  • Support to bring key international experts and speakers in the industry to New Zealand
  • Technology transfer assistance 

National Science Challenge - Science for Technological Innovation

The National Science Challenge for Technological Innovation is putting out a call for Seed Project proposals. Seed Projects are about clever science applied to a potentially disruptive technology area. 

Any New Zealand-based researcher not involved with the Challenge whose project isn’t already funded can apply.

Each successful application will receive up to $100,000 per year for a maximum of three years.
In 2016 the Challenge will fund 8-10 projects with some or all of the following characteristics:

  • Alignment to Challenge themes (not  Portfolios or Spearheads)
  • Novel stretch science
  • Potential to Contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth
  • Social science aligned to building New Zealand’s innovation capacity

Visit the Callaghan Innovation website to find out more.

Māori Innovation and land development

Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund

This is a new $2 million per year fund, which will assist Māori collectives to gain the understanding and knowledge needed to realise the economic potential of their assets. 

The Whenua Māori Fund

The Whenua Māori Fund is now open for applications for Māori land projects that will:

  • Assess land use capability
  • Explore land potential/productivity
  • Provide education and training for owners
  • Identify land use options and improved land management practices
  • Develop business and action plans; and
  • Overcome constraints to Māori land development.

The Whenua Māori Fund will be managed by Te Puni Kōkiri.

Sustainability

Sustainable Farming Fund

The Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) invests up to $8 million a year in applied research and projects led by farmers, growers, or foresters to support projects that contribute to improving the financial and environmental performance of the land-based productive sectors. Projects can include, but are not restricted to:

  • Applied research and development
  • Demonstration projects
  • Information, knowledge and technology transfer
  • Technical investigations supporting improved use and allocation of water
  • Identifying barriers to, and options for, improved land use and management
  • Improving decision support
  • Adding value and exploring market opportunities.

Applications are annual and the funding round opens in August and closes in October.

If you would like more information about any of this funding, or how Catalyst can assist you, please contact Malcolm Garnham.

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