R&D funding

Grant guidelines and FAQs

General information about our R&D Grants, including business eligibility and what information will be made public.

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Current grants application pause

Following another high-demand year for Callaghan Innovation R&D Grants, we are nearing the end of our total funding budget. As with grant schemes across Government, we have a set amount of funding allocated. 

While we work through current applications in progress, we have paused accepting any new applications for R&D Project Grants, Getting Started Grants, R&D Fellowship Grants and R&D Career Grants. This will give us a good idea of what remaining funding will be available.

In the meantime, your customer manager is still able to discuss your R&D activities and future intentions with you. 

New applications

If you want to apply, but do not have an application ‘In Progress’ in our system, you will not be able to apply until we reopen (our IMS portal is closed to new applications). However, you can register your interest below and we will be in touch when we have more information on available funding and timelines.

Register your Interest for R&D Grants

Applications in Progress

Whilst we can’t guarantee funding availability, if you have an application ‘In Progress’ in our online IMS portal, we ask that you continue to work with us to get your full and well-qualified applications in as soon as possible. It is critical that your application is well rounded, complete and explains the R&D aligned with the definition criteria as set out in our guide available on our website.

‘Submitted' applications 

Applications that have been ‘submitted’ in our portal will continue to be assessed as planned.

R&D Tax Incentive

Have you considered if your business is eligible for the R&D Tax Incentive (RDTI)? 

The RDTI is a 15% tax credit on the money you invest in eligible research and development (R&D) in New Zealand. Some overseas costs may also be claimed. 

The regime is in its third year and has, and will be, undergoing regular improvements with new options and access settings. Find out how to get your business set up to benefit by visiting the RDTI website.

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FAQs - October application pause

What is happening?

While we work through current applications in progress, we have paused accepting any new applications for R&D Project Grants, Getting Started Grants, R&D Fellowship Grants and R&D Career Grants.

What does this mean?

You won’t be able to start a new R&D grant application in our IMS application portal during this period.

What grants does this apply to?

This pause in new applications applies to R&D Project Grants, Getting Started Grants, R&D Fellowship Grants and R&D Career Grants. 

Applications for Tech Incubator Repayable Grants, and the R&D Tax Incentive via Inland Revenue will continue as usual. 

What if I have already started my application in the IMS system, but not submitted it?

You can continue with your application as it is not a ‘new’ application, but please note that we cannot guarantee funding availability. It is critical that the R&D is explained and meets the R&D definition criteria as set out in our guide available on our website. 

What if I intended to apply but hadn’t started an application in the IMS system?

You will be unable to apply during this pause period. 

Please fill out this Registration of Interest form and we will be in touch when we have more information on available funding and timelines. 

When will I be able to apply again?

We need to work through current applications in progress before we have an idea of  remaining funding available. 

Please fill out this Registration of Interest form and we will be in touch when we have more information on available funding and timelines. 

When will there be more budget?

These measures are related to our 2021/22 budget. The Government Budget is currently developing its 2022/23 budget. 

 

General grant information

Is my business eligible for R&D funding?

In addition to meeting specific criteria for each 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.

Typically government organisations are not eligible for R&D grants. Universities, Polytechnics, Crown Research Institutes, Public health entities, Crown entities, local government as well as State owned enterprises and other companies where Government is a major shareholder are not eligible for Callaghan Innovation’s R&D grants. Please refer to the Ministerial Direction for full eligibility criteria.

What information will be made public about the grant my business receives?

Callaghan Innovation will not release any confidential information unless we are obliged to under the Official Information Act or by other laws, or to provide an answer to parliamentary questions. We will advise you of requests for information to the extent permitted by law.

Details of the businesses that receive an R&D grant from Callaghan Innovation are published on the Grant Recipients page of this website. The name of the business receiving the grant, the title of the project being supported, the grant type and value, and the grant start and end dates are published. Ministerial releases may also include these details.

General grants guides

2020 Ministerial Direction - Criteria for Assessing Proposals for Growth Grant Funding

2020 Ministerial Direction – Amendment Notice for Growth Grant Funding (30 April 2020)

2018 Ministerial Direction - Criteria for Assessing Proposals for Project and Student Grant Funding

Further information

For more specific information about each R&D Grant we administer, including guidelines and FAQs, visit the relevant website page: 

 

Updated: 21 October 2021