Student Grants

R&D Experience Grants

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Bring smart, enthusiastic and fresh thinking into your R&D activities with support provided by undergraduate students in their summer break.

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How can the grant help me?

The R&D Experience Grant is an internship designed as work experience during the student summer break.

The student is expected to help you with an R&D project or activity.

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How does it work?

Your business will receive funding of $7,200 (plus GST) for 400 hours of full-time work upon proof of your payment to the student.

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Who can apply?

For businesses

To apply for an R&D Experience 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.

To qualify, your business must also:

  • Have an active R&D programme i.e. a R&D budget and dedicated R&D staff
  • Meet financial due diligence requirements.

For students

To be eligible for an R&D Experience Grant placement, students must:

  • Have completed their first year of an undergraduate or honours degree, a postgraduate diploma or certificate, or co-joint undergraduate degrees. If graduated, this must have been in the last 12 months.
  • Be studying science, technology, engineering, design or business at a New Zealand tertiary education institute.
  • Be a New Zealand citizen or resident or hold a relevant visa.
  • Not have been previously employed at the business.
  • Not have been previously employed in the industry under a professional arrangement unless temporary (up to 3 months).

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How do I apply?

For Business 

Business applications have closed for 2017/18. 139 businesses have been awarded R&D Experience Grants: Businesses awarded 2017/18 R&D Experience Grants (PDF, 145.7 KB)

For more information on 2018/19, please see the key dates below.

For Students

Students apply directly to businesses. Businesses will advertise their R&D Experience Grant internships from May. Students may find internships through:

For more information, please read the guides below.

Key dates

Date What's happening
31 March 2018  R&D Experience student internships finish for 2017/18
April 2018 Business applications open for 2018/19

Experience Grant guides

PDF iconGuidelines - R&D Experience Grant 2017
PDF iconGuidelines: Portal (IMS) Users - R&D Experience Grant 
PDF iconR&D Experience Grant - Quick Facts for Businesses
PDF iconR&D Experience Grant - Quick Facts for Students
PDF iconR&D Experience Grant - Funding Agreement Example
PDF iconR&D Experience Grant - Post Approval Checklist
PDF iconR&D Experience Grant - Report Example
PDF iconR&D Experience Grant - 2017 Student Details Form

More information

For more information, contact us.

Updated: 13 February 2018