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NZAGRC Innovation Fund 2021


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RFx ID : 24101923
Tender Name : NZAGRC Innovation Fund 2021
Reference # : NZAGRC Innovation Fund 2021
Open Date : Thursday, 25 March 2021 2:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)
Close Date  : Tuesday, 13 April 2021 9:00 AM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+12:00)
Tender Type : Request for Proposals (RFP)
Tender Coverage : On behalf of procurement agent  [?]
Categories :
  • 70121600 - Livestock industry
  • 70121700 - Livestock management
  • New Zealand
Exemption Reason : None
Required Pre-qualifications : None
Contact : NZAGRC
Alternate Physical Delivery Address  : NZAGRC, Grasslands Research Centre, Tennent Drive, Palmerston North 4442
Alternate Physical Fax Number  :

FOCUS for the 2021 Funding Round

The NZAGRC Innovation Fund seeks Expressions Of Interest (EOIs) that address the following research area:
• Reduction of methane and/or nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural activities in New Zealand.

Successful applications must develop novel approaches and/or significantly strengthen current research avenues that show major promise for bringing practical, farm-level solutions closer to on-farm implementation.


• A total of $4 million (NZD) is available.

• Individual projects will have a maximum value of $800,000 and a maximum duration of 2 years, starting 1 July 2021.

• Applications are invited from New Zealand based research providers, organisations and companies.

• A two-stage process will be followed:
o Stage 1: submission of EOIs and shortlisting by a Technical Assessment Panel (TAP)
o NZAGRC staff work with approved shortlisted applicants to develop contract-ready research proposals.

• The specially constituted TAP will evaluate EOIs and make recommendations to the NZAGRC Director on which projects should move to Stage 2. The NZAGRC Director will decide which projects move to Stage 2, taking the TAP recommendations into account along with the existing NZAGRC
funding portfolio and broader New Zealand funding landscape.

• Research projects should be conducted in a manner that ensures the widest possible benefit to New Zealand. Therefore, unless there are strong reasons to protect Intellectual Property, it should be made publicly and freely available.

• Co-funding is strongly encouraged for all applications, and applications involving industry should have significant co-funding.