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Innovation Fund Open Now


Tender Closed
RFx ID : 29693908
Tender Name : Innovation Fund Open Now
Reference # : INvFundRFP
Open Date : Tuesday, 2 July 2024 9:00 AM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+12:00)
Close Date  : Monday, 15 July 2024 9:00 AM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+12:00)
Department/Business Unit : Policy and Trade
Tender Type : Invitation to Participate (ITP)
Tender Coverage : On behalf of procurement agent  [?]
Categories :
  • 21000000 - Farming and Fishing and Forestry and Wildlife Machinery and Accessories
  • 51000000 - Drugs and Pharmaceutical Products
  • 77000000 - Environmental Services
  • 86000000 - Education and Training Services
  • New Zealand
Required Pre-qualifications : None
Contact : Tania Brown
Alternate Physical Delivery Address  :
Alternate Physical Fax Number  :

The ambition of the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC) is for New Zealand farmers and growers to have a suite of fit for purpose tools and technologies to deliver cost-effective world leading low emissions products. Established in 2020, the Innovation Fund allows NZAGRC to distribute financing for researchers working towards agricultural GHG emissions-reduction solutions.

The competitive Innovation Fund has been awarded to multiple successful researchers throughout funding rounds held in 2020 and 2021. The 2024 round is open Monday 17th June - Monday 15th July 9am, with $2m in funding available for projects that have a focus on 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 approaches that show major promise for bringing practical, farm-level solutions closer to on-farm implementation.
Past Rounds
Four projects were successful in the 2020 round, with funding being awarded to:

Targeting methanol formation for methane, led by AgResearch
Molecular tools for methane mitigation, led by the University of Auckland
Inhibiting ruminal methane using bromoform, led by AgResearch
On-farm delivery of methane inhibitors, led by DairyNZ
Five projects were successful in the 2021 round, with funding being awarded to:

On-farm solutions: life-long methane reduction, led by DairyNZ
Electrocatalytic oxidation of methane, led by Lincoln Agritech
Targeted on-farm urine patch management, led by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research
Assessment of risks and requirements for safety of livestock supplemented with bromoform, for methane mitigation, led by Ruminant Biotech
Development of proxy methods for estimating methane emissions from ruminants, led by AgResearch