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How the Government can support your R&D

A wide range of R&D support is available to New Zealand businesses, whether you’re just starting out or already a significant R&D investor. Explore some of the options available to help you achieve your innovation goals.

R&D funding support

The RDTI is part of a wide range of government initiatives designed to support R&D activity at different stages of business growth.

Other available R&D funding options include Inland Revenue's R&D loss tax credit and the Callaghan Innovation Getting Started, Project and Student Grants. The RDTI takes the place of the Callaghan Innovation Growth Grant as the Government's major form of R&D funding support for businesses. The Growth Grant has been retired in the 2020/21 tax year. Different eligibility criteria apply for the RDTI.

It's important to note that the RDTI can be claimed alongside the R&D loss tax credit. It can also be claimed alongside the other R&D funding options listed below, but not for the same expenditure or for required co-funding.

Explore the downloadable infographic and other information on this page for an overview of some of the R&D funding options available to help you achieve your innovation goals.

R&D Tax Incentive

How can I get help with the cost of my R&D programme?

Getting Started Grants

Is there funding for my business to start doing R&D?

Project Grant

My business has only been doing R&D for a short time – is funding support available?

R&D loss tax credit

Can my R&D tax loss be refunded?

Student Grants

Is there funding to get short-term, skilled staff for my R&D project?
How can I access funded expertise to help with a challenging research project?
I want to add a highly skilled graduate to my R&D team, is there funding to assist?

Government support for R&D commercialisation and business innovation

Additional government support is available to help commercialise R&D outputs and to promote innovation within certain sectors of the economy. For example, NZTE offers a capability vouchers scheme to offset the costs of approved training (up to $5,000) and a low-fee business mentor service. Additionally, investment funds such as the Seed Co-investment Fund and the New Zealand Venture Fund (NZVIF) can provide extra capital to startup and early stage businesses.

It’s worth being aware that while many of these R&D commercialisation and innovation support options can be claimed alongside the RDTI, some may restrict you from claiming certain expenditure, or even altogether.

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