Grant guidelines and FAQs

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

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R&D Grant Guidelines and FAQ's

R&D Fellowship Grants:

  • R&D Fellowship Grants are not currently available. This grant is under review to ensure it meets the Government's objectives for the student grant scheme
  • There is no waitlist for this grant

R&D Career Grants:

A business may only apply for one R&D Career Grant for the year ended 30 June 2023. If a business has a Career grant that was approved prior to 30 June 2022, it cannot apply for another until that Career grant has finished, at which time it may apply for one further Career grant. 

Funding is limited and grants are awarded on a first-come-first-served basis 

  • There is no waitlist for this grant
  • R&D Experience Grants:
  • R&D Experience Grants are closed for this year as funding has been allocated
  • There is no waitlist for this grant

New to R&D grant and Ārohia Innovation Trailblazer grant

Two new grants are being launched during the financial year to June 2023. 

  • The New to R&D grant is to support businesses to start their R&D journey and develop R&D capabilities. Read more here. 
  • The Ārohia Innovation Trailblazer grant is to support businesses operating at the global Innovation Frontier and to generate wider benefit to the New Zealand innovation ecosystem Read more here. 

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When will there be more budget?

The funding for the financial year 2022-2023 has been set and no further funding is available for this financial year. 

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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 (and in some cases your business must also be incorporated in New Zealand) 
  • 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.

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 the Government is a major shareholder are not eligible for Callaghan Innovation’s R&D grants. Please refer to the Ministerial Direction for the relevant grant for full eligibility criteria (see below).

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.

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Further information

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

Updated: 20 October 2022