New to R&D Grant

New to R&D Grant FAQs

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FAQs and Eligibility Criteria

 

Can I still apply for a student grant?

If you have already been approved for an R&D Experience Grant for 2022-2023, you cannot receive a New to R&D Grant, but if you are approved for a New to R&D Grant you may apply for and receive a Student R&D Experience Grant in future.

 

Are companies that have received an R&D Loan eligible for this grant?

No. Your business must not have received any government funding for R&D on or since 1 July 2019.

 

Are companies that have received a Repayable Grant under the Technology Incubator scheme eligible for the New to R&D Grant?

If your business has not received any government funding for R&D on or since 1 July 2019 you may be eligible to apply; however, if you received funding prior to 1 July 2019 but continue to have an active Repayable Grant, a further review will be undertaken to assess eligibility.

 

If I have had a Getting Started Grant previously can I still apply?

Yes. If the only grant you have received from Callaghan Innovation is a Getting Started Grant, you meet all other criteria and have not received any other government funding for R&D since 1 July 2019, you are eligible to apply for the New to R&D Grant.

 

If I have had R&D Project Grant co-funding previously can I still apply?

If your business has received any government funding for R&D on or since 1 July 2019 you will not be eligible for a grant.

 

If I have a New to R&D Grant can I also apply for an Ārohia Innovation Trailblazer Grant?

Yes. Applying for, or receiving the New to R&D Grant will not prevent you from being eligible to apply for the Ārohia Innovation Trailblazer Grant.

 

If I am claiming R&D under the RDTI can I still get a New to R&D Grant?

No. Your business must not have received any government funding for R&D on or since 1 July 2019.

 

What’s the difference between the New to R&D Grant and the R&D Project Grant?

Project grants were to assist businesses with a discrete R&D project. New to R&D is all about assisting businesses that are New to R&D to develop their R&D capability. Undertaking the R&D is a secondary objective of the grant.

 

Will the New to R&D Grant be based on projects like project grants or activity like RDTI?

The New to R&D Grant will be based on approved R&D activities that have a defined outcome. However, capability development activities to enable a recipient to conduct sustainable R&D will be supported also.

 

Is the New to R&D Grant just a replacement for Project Grants?

No ,this is not a replacement for project grants. Only a portion of this grant can be used for R&D. The balance must be used to develop R&D capability. If your business does not need to develop R&D capability, you will not be eligible for the grant.

 

What is the co-funding rate?

R&D is co-funded at 20% for up to half of the maximum amount of the grant. The remaining funds must be spent on R&D capability development costs which are funded at 100%.

 

Is there a cap?

The maximum grant amount that can be received is $400,000. Half of which can be used for R&D and the other half for R&D capability development.

 

What are the rules around overseas expenditure?

Approval for overseas labour expenditure is at Callaghan Innovation's discretion and will be subject to the business demonstrating that the capability cannot be sourced in New Zealand.  Materials and consumables purchased from overseas are allowed.

 

Can I get more than one New to R&D grant?

This Grant is all about building R&D capability and so this is a once only grant. Once you have built your R&D programme, you will be provided with guidance on how to access the Research and Development Tax Incentive.

 

Do approved R&D providers need to be used as per the RDTI?

No - the work must be undertaken by the business as the intent is to build the business into a future R&D performer.

 

Can I apply if I do not need any capability development activities?

No - if you do not need any capability development, you are not eligible and should move to RDTI.

 

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Updated: 25 January 2023