Callaghan Innovation offers a range of Research and Development Grants suitable for businesses at all stages of the company lifecycle. Whether you’re a fresh entrepreneur, an established performer or simply a business looking to bring students on board to assist in your R&D activities, these grants could enable you to add scale, depth and return to your investment.

As Nelson Tasman’s economic development agency and the Regional Business Partner for the Top of the South, we can assist you to access funding support that is suited to your business needs. To enquire further about any of the grants specified below or to discuss your options for accessing funding, please contact Mark Maguire, our Regional Business Advisor.

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Getting Started Grant

Getting Started Grant

If you’re in the early stages of R&D, the Getting Started Grant of up to $5,000 could give you a kick-start to take your product, process or service solution from development to commercialisation. Designed to help you navigate through common R&D roadblocks, from troubleshooting through to project planning, prototyping through to Intellectual Property strategies, the grant supports businesses to access technical expertise to take you in the right direction.

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Project Grant

Project Grant

The Project Grant ($5,000-$1m) is designed to help you build or expand your R&D expertise by giving your business an opportunity to push the boundaries and uncover new scientific or technical knowledge. Break new ground in an R&D project for the development of new or substantially improved devices, products, processes, systems or services. It will allow you to develop your business into a stable and substantial R&D performer, by growing your investment in R&D.

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Student 'Experience' Grant

Student 'Experience' Grant

The Student ‘Experience’ Grant of $7,200 is designed to allow businesses to bring smart, enthusiastic and fresh thinking into their R&D activities, and to allow undergraduates to gain work experience, through financing a mutually beneficial summer break internship.

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Student 'Career' Grant

Student 'Career' Grant

The Student ‘Career’ Grant ($30,000-$35,000) is an internship designed to bridge the costs of the first six months of employment, allowing businesses to add a PhD or Masters graduate to their team to stimulate innovation. The graduate is expected to support the business in solving an R&D problem in the development of a new product, process or service.

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Student 'Fellowship' Grant

Student 'Fellowship' Grant

If you have a challenging R&D problem to solve, the Student ‘Fellowship’ Grant ($30,000-$90,000) may help you along the way. Designed to provide businesses with advanced research at PhD or masters level, you’ll get access to the latest thinking and knowledge through the students’ completion of research into your specific problem.

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