R&D funding

Grant guidelines and FAQs

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

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.

How do I apply for a grant?

Phone 0800 4 CALLAGHAN (0800 422 552) to talk to us about how to apply for a grant.

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: 7 May 2020