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.

Business applications have closed for 2017/18. The businesses awarded R&D Experience Grants can now recruit students. To find out more see How do I Apply below.

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How can the grant help me?

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

The student is expected to help you with a discrete 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 work upon proof of your payment to the student.

We facilitate an annual request for funding applications to identify the best commercial R&D opportunities for New Zealand students.

Participating businesses are advised in August of the R&D they have funding for and how many students they can recruit.

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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)

Businesses awarded R&D Experience Grants can now recruit students. For more information, please read the information and guides below.

For Students

Businesses will advertise their R&D Experience Grant placements from August 2017. Students can find placements through:

For more information, please read the guides below.

Key dates

Date What's happening
May 2017 Business applications open
June 2017 Business applications close
August 2017 Business applicants notified of application outcome
1 December 2017 Last date for businesses to recruit a student
31 March 2018  R&D Experience student internships finish

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: 9 November 2017