R&D funding

2021-22 Project Grants

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Is your business new to, or trying to expand your R&D? A Project Grant can help you take on larger or more challenging R&D.

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Current funding status

Following another popular year, we have paused accepting any new R&D Grants applications. We are working through applications already in progress so that we can provide an update on funding availability.

If you want to apply for any of these, but do not already have an application ‘In Progress’ in our system, you will not be able to apply until we reopen. However, you can register your interest and we will be in touch when we have more information on available funding and timelines. To register, and for more information, visit our Grants Guidelines and FAQs webpage.

 

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How can the grant help me?

The Project Grant is designed to help you:

  • Build your R&D expertise by giving your business an opportunity to push the boundaries and uncover new scientific or technical knowledge and understanding
  • Break new ground in an R&D project for the development of new or substantially improved devices, products, processes, systems or services
  • Develop your business into a stable and substantial R&D performer
  • Grow your investment in R&D.

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How does it work?

Your business will:

  • Typically receive 40% of your eligible R&D project costs; reducing for large projects, or if the business has had a previous large grant.
  • Only receive funding for R&D done in New Zealand (unless pre-approved)
  • Receive payment in arrears (monthly or quarterly).

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Who can apply?

To apply for a Project Grant, your business must be one of the following:

  • Incorporated in New Zealand and registered under the Companies Act. Note that companies registered on the Overseas Register are not eligible for funding.
  • 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.
  • Charitable Trusts can apply for funding only if they meet the business criteria above and satisfy all other criteria.

To qualify from 13 July 2021, under the 2021-22 Project Grant settings, your business, or group of businesses if your business is part of a corporate group, must also:

  • Meet financial and due diligence requirements.
  • Not have had more than $300k R&D spend in either of the last two years (this includes domestic spend and any overseas R&D spend).
  • Not have been conducting R&D for more than 2 years (this includes in New Zealand and overseas) - ie you are new to R&D.
  • Not have received funding under a Growth Grant contract within 2 years of the Growth Grant contract maturity date.
  • Under our new settings a business cannot receive more than two project grants from Callaghan Innovation. If you have received grant funding for two project grants previously, you are no longer eligible for funding under this scheme. 

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How do I apply?

Following another popular year, we have paused accepting any new R&D Grants applications. We are working through applications already in progress so that we can provide an update on funding availability.

If you want to apply for any of these, but do not already have an application ‘In Progress’ in our system, you will not be able to apply until we reopen. However, you can register your interest and we will be in touch when we have more information on available funding and timelines. To register, and for more information, visit our Grants Guidelines and FAQs webpage.

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Have you considered the R&D Tax Incentive?

In March 2021, refreshed guidelines on what constitutes R&D expenditure under the R&D Tax Incentive (RDTI), which will appeal to a wider range of businesses. 

In addition to this, under a recent RDTI law change, Project Grant recipients may now be able to claim the RDTI for R&D expenditure that is greater than the amount specified in their Project Grant agreement. Businesses will still need to satisfy all other RDTI eligibility requirements if they are considering making a claim. For further information, read the RDTI information for Project Grant recipients fact sheet on the RDTI Hub

The Minister of Revenue has agreed to extend due dates for years one and two (2019-20 and 2020-21) of the RDTI to give businesses more time to consider how the RDTI eligibility criteria applies to their activities and to make an application. The Minister will include a due date extension to 31 August in the next tax Bill for:

  • year one (2019-20 income year) supplementary returns to 31 August 2021; and
  • year two (2020-21 income year) general approvals and criteria and methodologies (CAM) approvals.

For further information, read the 25 June 2021 news update on the RDTI Hub.

Project Grant guidelines

PDF icon Guidelines: Project Grants Funding Agreement

PDF icon Guidelines: Describing your R&D in your Project Grant Application

File Are you ready to talk about project grants?

File Project Grant 2021-22 application template

 

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FAQs

How do I calculate eligible R&D project costs?

As a starting point, consult the Eligible costs for Project Grants guideline to help clarify eligible and ineligible R&D project costs.

If I have a R&D Loan, can I apply for a project grant?

Yes you may apply for a project grant but note that you may be required to repay a portion of the loan as you cannot receive more than 100% government funding for your project

How do I describe my R&D in my application?

Check out our guide below to help you describe your R&D in order to meet the Project Grant criteria. 

How do I calculate eligible R&D project costs?

As a starting point, consult the Eligible costs for Project Grants guideline to help clarify eligible and ineligible R&D project costs.

If I have a R&D Loan, can I apply for a project grant?

Yes you may apply for a project grant but note that you may be required to repay a portion of the loan as you cannot receive more than 100% government funding for your project

Updated: 8 October 2021