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Nationwide student grants roadshow

June – August 2019

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This article was published on 19 June 2019

Helping recruit fresh skills and talent to drive innovation in your business.

June - August 2019
Nationwide. Register online now!

Are you in the market for additional staff to augment your current R&D team or access new skills to advance your product innovation? Callaghan Innovation’s Student Grants are a great way to access new expertise or take on a blue-sky project.

Callaghan Innovation is taking its Student Grants roadshow nationwide from June to August and they will provide an opportunity for you to hear directly from local businesses about the impact student engagement can have on your business.

Co-hosted by local Universities and our Regional Business Partner network, the roadshows will provide you with the following opportunities:

  • hear from local business leaders on how students have assisted their R&D programmes.
  • network with other innovative local businesses.
  • understand what support is available via Callaghan Innovation.

This event is recommended for founders, business leaders, HR and R&D managers. Multiple attendees per company are welcome.

Upcoming events and locations

Click on the location for more information and to register:

  • Christchurch, University of Canterbury, Tuesday 9 April
  • Dunedin, University of Otago, Thursday 30 May
  • Invercargill, Venture Southland, Thursday 4 July
  • Auckland, The University of Auckland Business School, Wednesday 17 July
  • South Canterbury, Chamber of Commerce, Thursday 18 July
  • Tauranga, Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday 30 July
  • Palmerston North, Massey University, Wednesday 31 July
  • Wellington, Victoria University, Wednesday 31 July
  • Gisborne, Activate Tairawhiti, Friday 9 August. Email Activate Tairawhiti to attend

Download our Student Grants brochure: Student Grants - How they work (PDF)

Missed the roadshow or no roadshow in your area?

To find out more: 

Reference/Additional Information:

Grants overviews:
Student Grants are a great way of bringing in new expertise or taking on a blue-sky project
R&D Experience Grants (Undergraduate Students): This summer internship covers the cost of 10 weeks of employment ($8,460 + GST) for students studying science, technology, engineering, design or business courses at an NZQA 7-10 tertiary level. You can apply for multiple students. Please note applications are open from 1 May to 31 August and will be assessed on an on-demand basis.
R&D Fellowships Grants (Masters & PhD Students): Engage a science, technology or engineering student to work on a research project for your company as part of their thesis. They spend part of their time with you and part time at university working on a business problem you have. We provide up to $26k p.a. stipend, as an incentive for students to join on.
R&D Career Grants (Masters & PhD Graduates): We provide up to $30k (Masters) and up to $35k (PhD) to meet the first six months of you bringing a new (science, technology, engineering, design or business) graduate Masters or PhD onboard.

Eligibility and considerations:

Company eligibility requirements: 
To apply for an R&D Experience Grant, your business must be one of the following: 
registered under the Companies Act
registered under the Limited Partnerships Act
a Māori incorporation or trust established under the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act, a trust set up to manage assets as part of a Treaty of Waitangi settlement, a Māori statutory body, or a business controlled by one or more of these entities. 


To qualify, your business must also: 
have an active R&D programme i.e. a R&D budget and R&D staff 
meet financial due diligence requirements.
Student eligibility requirements: 
Student eligibility requirements vary between the three programs – please visit Student grants for further information. 


How many students can you apply for?
Student grant eligibility numbers are based on the size of your R&D team as your ability to support them in their role is key to project success and is a core consideration in our assessment process. 

Number of Student Grants Per Business Guide 

Download full Number of Grants Per Business Guide  


How do you apply? 

As with all grant applications these are done via our online investment management system (IMS). Fellowship and Career Grants are available at any time – R&D Experience Grants are available for application from 1 May to 31 August. We will generally aim to have these turned around within three weeks of application. We encourage you to apply soon for R&D Experience Grants before all the talented students are snapped up.    
For more information please contact your Callaghan Innovation relationship manager or contact us on 0800 422 552 or