8 September 2015

Regional Research Institutes

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is leading an initiative announced as part of Budget 2015 which will establish Regional Research Institutes around New Zealand.

The proposed new research institutes would support innovation in the regions by maximising the unique business, technology, and economic growth opportunities in these areas.

MBIE will work with regional stakeholders over the next few months to identify where the best opportunities are to develop new institutes.

High-level criteria

Eligible regions for hosting an institute are only those outside the main population centres of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

  • New institutes must be established and maintained as private or private not-for-profit organisations with their own independent governance arrangements.
  • New institutes must perform relevant research in support of industry-led efforts to increase their R&D intensity.
  • New institutes should congregate and develop their own ‘in-house' expertise, but are also expected to facilitate and integrate researchers from other NZ institutions, or from overseas, into their mix of activity.
  • New institutes are expected to bring new research activity into the regions whilst meeting industry demand in their host region and possibly across several regions due to the nature of their industry engagement.
  • Proposals for establishing (a) new institute(s) must make a clear business case that demonstrates ongoing financial sustainability beyond initial government support.

Regional workshops

A series of public regional workshops are scheduled to take place over September-October 2015.

Hawkes Bays workshop will be held at 1pm on Wednesday, 23rd September 2015 at the:


Hawkes Bay Business Hub,
36 Bridge Street,

For more information and to RSVP please email rri@mbie.govt.nz.
Please RSVP at least two weeks prior to the event date.

For additional informatoin please visit www.mbie.govt.nz

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