Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE)

Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment

Investment funds

We invest in science through contestable funding rounds. This investment supports programmes which build high-performing science and innovation systems that will transform New Zealand into a more diverse, technologically advanced and smart nation.

Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund

Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund invests in the development of skilled people and organisations that undertake research supporting the themes and outcomes of our Vision Mātauranga policy.

Commercialisation Partner Network

The Commercialisation Partner Network (CPN) builds the capability to turn science findings into commercially viable products.

Catalyst Fund

Supporting activities that initiate, develop and foster collaborations which take advantage of international science and innovation for New Zealand’s benefit.

Curious Minds

Through Curious Minds, the Government support activities, projects and programmes that work with communities, businesses and educators to boost engagement between science, technology and society. Curious Minds encourages all New Zealanders to ask good questions, solve local problems and uncover innovative science and technology solutions for a brighter future.

Endeavour Fund

The Endeavour Fund plays a unique role in the science system through an open, contestable process with a focus on both research excellence and impact.

Envirolink Scheme 

The Envirolink Scheme funds Crown research institutes, universities and private research organisations to provide regional councils with advice and research on environmental projects

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Capability Fund

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Capability Fund seeks to support research organisations to identify and break down barriers to attracting, retaining and growing an equitable, diverse and inclusive workforce.

Extreme weather science response

The government reallocated $11.31 million for urgent scientific research and data collection to support the response to and recovery from the early-2023 extreme weather events in the North Island

Expanding the Impact of Vision Mātauranga – 2023 investment plan

The Expanding the Impact of Vision Mātauranga initiative aims to attract and grow Māori talent in the research, science and innovation sector enabling Māori to better navigate and participate in the research system.

National Science Challenges

The National Science Challenges were established in 2014 and aim to tackle the biggest science-based issues and opportunities facing New Zealand.


Supporting high-quality research aimed at increasing the competitiveness and sustainability of New Zealand’s economy.

PreSeed Accelerator Fund

Funding commercialisation projects from publicly funded research.

Regional Research Institutes Initiative

The Regional Research Institute (RRI) initiative established new, independently governed, private or private not-for-profit regional research institutes.

Strategic Science Investment Fund

The Strategic Science Investment Fund (SSIF) funds strategic investment in research programmes and scientific infrastructure that have long-term beneficial impact on New Zealand’s health, economy, environment and society.

Provincial Growth Fund

Aimed at: Businesses in regional New Zealand (excludes Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch).

How to get it: Follow the instructions on the Provincial Growth Fund webpage.

The Government is investing $3 billion over three years in New Zealand’s regions through the Provincial Growth Fund. The fund invests in a range of projects and initiatives, including commercial and quasi-commercial projects that have wider regional benefits.

The fund aims to grow New Zealand’s regions so all New Zealanders can participate in an economy that is sustainable, inclusive and productive.

Guide to the Provincial Growth Fund [PDF, 1.3MB](external link)— Kānoa, Regional Economic Development & Investment Unit

Provincial development unit(external link) — Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

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