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COVID-19 recovery and support

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This article was published on 16 November 2020

Through COVID-19 impacts this is our central reference point for new and ongoing support measures that may be of help to your business

Current COVID-19 Alert Level status

All of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1.

It's business as usual at our Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch sites. Contact tracing using QR codes at each site is encouraged.

For ongoing service status updates please check this page regularly.

You can also contact us on 0800 422 552 or


R&D support

Updated R&D Tax Incentive (RDTI) support

New RDTI refundability changes have been introduced to provide extra cashflow support to R&D-performing businesses. More loss-making businesses now qualify to have their 15% R&D tax credit refunded in cash. For further information, contact your Callaghan Innovation relationship manager or visit the RDTI Hub website.

General R&D advice and support

If you have any concerns about your R&D grants, Tech Incubator Startup Repayable Loans and general R&D programme, please contact your Callaghan Innovation relationship manager or

R&D Loan Scheme

We are not currently taking registrations for Callaghan Innovation's R&D Loan Scheme, as the current value of applications and waitlist registrations is reaching the scheme's limit. However, we are interested in tracking business R&D needs arising from COVID-19 impacts. 

We do welcome you to provide us with a picture of how your R&D has been impacted by COVID-19, along with your resulting needs, through our COVID-19 R&D Support Needs form. This will inform our ongoing planning and discussions for additional support in this space. 

We also encourage you to take a look at the other forms of R&D funding available such as Getting Started Grants, R&D Project Grants, the R&D Tax Incentive, and grants to bring on post Graduate students for R&D projects. You can find out more via our R&D Funding webpage.

Cash flow support

Leave Support Scheme

The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme is available for employers, including sole traders, to pay employees who must self-isolate as a result of COVID-19, but are unable to work from home.

Visit Work and Income NZ for details and to apply.

Other cashflow support
Regional Business Partner Network support 

The RBP network is a government initiative to support small and medium-sized enterprises that are looking to grow and innovate. 

Funding has been provided to the RBP Network to support businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19.  To find out more visit the Regional Business Partner website.

Find out more

There are a number of government websites that have useful information about economic recovery activity and how to access it.

  • For updates on COVID-19 support information visit the Government’s Unite against COVID-19 website.

  • also provides information on COVID-19 support specific for NZ, and The Kiwi Business Boost helps with business information and support, including COVID-19 guidance, tailored to your business needs.

  • ATEED’s Digital Assessment Tool will help you identify your website, marketing and people & digital needs, and understand the path to digital success.

  •, Chambers of Commerce, RBPs and other local support agencies are running a series of webinars for businesses. 


Other Callaghan Innovation support & initiatives

Capital Education workshops & resources

Businesses considering a capital raise in the current environment may find our free Capital Education resources helpful. This series of videos, backed up with online workshops, are designed to  help businesses understand the equity capital raising process in NZ. No matter what age or stage your company or innovation is at, these resources offer expert advice on how to raise the capital needed to build a thriving business - even in a post-COVID-19 environment.

Innovation Skills programmes

To help businesses come out of this crisis stronger, in addition to our current Innovation Skills programmes, we are looking at scoping, developing and/or piloting new programmes to address capability gaps in product development and product-market fit. Updates on upcoming programmes and workshops will be available on the News and Events page.

Our current Innovation Skills programmes that can help businesses accelerate or pivot are:

Connect to the COVID-19 response

Over 200 businesses on our networking platform, Scale-Up NZ, now feature a “coronavirus” tag, identifying them as having COVID-19 response capability. Businesses can also connect with potential investors and organisations that provide innovation skills training, to help with changing business models.

Events update

Some of our events have been moved online as part of the response to COVID-19. For all Callaghan Innovation and industry events updates please visit the COVID-19 events updates page.