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.
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.
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.
Who can apply?
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.
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).
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.
Businesses will advertise their R&D Experience Grant placements from August 2017. Students can find placements through:
- University Career Hub
- The University of Waikato Cooperative Education Unit
- AUT interNZ
- University of Auckland's MyCDES Job board
- Job advertising sites such as Seek and Trade Me
- Internship facilitators such as Summer of Tech
- Polytechnic research and enterprise offices
- The successful businesses receiving grants
For more information, please read the guides below.
|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
Guidelines - R&D Experience Grant 2017
Guidelines: Portal (IMS) Users - R&D Experience Grant
R&D Experience Grant - Quick Facts for Businesses
R&D Experience Grant - Quick Facts for Students
R&D Experience Grant - Funding Agreement Example
R&D Experience Grant - Post Approval Checklist
R&D Experience Grant - Report Example
For more information, contact us.
Updated: 15 September 2017