Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment: Call for Proposals for 2018 Partnerships Investment Round

Deadline:  24 July 2018

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is seeking proposals for its 2018 Partnerships investment round to stimulate sector-led investment and collaborative effort in longer term, innovative research activity with potential for transformative impact in areas of future value, growth or critical need for New Zealand, and to give effect to the Vision Mātauranga policy.

Support for sector-led research with a focus on developing emerging ideas is the dominant focus of Partnerships, which aims to maximise sector investment and build linkages between industry and research organisations as part of the proposed research programme.

In 2018, Partnerships will only fund proposals for highly innovative research with potentially transformational impacts that contribute to sustainable economic development through:

  • Growing emerging, high-tech, knowledge intensive sectors
  • Developing technologies that radically improve resource efficiency, or reduce environmental impact of (or render obsolete) an existing resource use
  • Transitioning to a low emissions economy by 2050
  • Ensuring a rich and protected environment.

Funding Information

It is anticipated that about $3.7 million per year of Partnerships funding will be invested in this investment round, committing up to $25.9 million over the next seven years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • There are no specific requirements regarding who can apply.
  • Applicants can be an industry or a research
  • organisation or an entity specifically set up to represent and manage the partnership.
  • MBIE will only enter into an Investment Contract with a New Zealand based legal entity.

Application Process

The application procedure consists of two stages:

  • Stage One: Concepts: Applicants are invited to submit a Concept.
  • Stage Two: Full Proposals: If invited to submit a Full Proposal, applicants will also be invited to attend a presentation and feedback session at MBIE.

For more information, please visit Partnerships Investment Round.

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