R&D grants

Getting Started Grants

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Are you in the early stages of, or new to, R&D? A Getting Started Grant will give you a kick-start to help you take your product, process or service solution from development through to commercialisation.

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How can the grant help me?

The Getting Started Grant is designed to help you:

  • Launch your R&D activities to create a competitive edge
  • Navigate through R&D roadblocks – whether its troubleshooting, basic prototyping, project planning, technical feasibility studies, development of an Intellectual Property strategy or determining product specifications and user requirements
  • Access technical expertise to support you in taking your development in the right direction.

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How does it work?

Your business will:

  • Receive 40% of your eligible R&D project costs, up to $5,000 (based on a quotation)
  • Only receive funding for R&D done in New Zealand
  • Receive a one-off payment on completion of the project.

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Who can apply?

To apply for a Getting Started Grant, your business must be one of the following:

  • Registered under the Companies Act.
  • Registered under the Limited Partnerships Act.
  • A Māori incorporation or trust established under the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act, a trust set up to manage assets as part of a Treaty of Waitangi settlement, a Māori statutory body, or a business controlled by one or more of these entities.

Your business must also meet financial and due diligence requirements to qualify.

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How do I apply?

Talk to us and we’ll help you through the process. You can apply at any time.

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More information

See the Guidelines and FAQs for more details about our R&D grants.

The Getting Started grant allowed us to quickly get the required testing completed and reduced some financial risk associated with developing a new product.

Michael Lawley, Owner - Ecolnnovation

Updated: 3 December 2015