Applications closed

24 November 2014 update: Results for this year’s funding round have now been confirmed. Applicants are advised to contact their institutional Research contacts for further information.

The New Zealand-Germany Scientific and Technological Co-operation (STC) Agreement Programme is a sub programme of Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s Science and Innovation International Relationships Fund.  It supports the STC Agreement signed in 1977 between the Governments of New Zealand and the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) to foster closer co-operation in specific areas of science and technology between the two countries.

In conjunction with the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMEL) and German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the International Bureau of BMBF (IB-BMBF), two types of applications under this programme will be considered:

  • Single activity applications which support activities that facilitate new international linkages or new activities.
  • Applications for two-year collaborative exchanges, which involve new linkages or new activities aimed at fostering substantial projects.

A maximum of $6000 (GST exclusive) will be paid in respect of any single trip to Germany. Funding under this programme supports travel-related costs and does not fund direct research costs. Reciprocal costs for German researchers travelling to New Zealand to work on supported projects will be covered by similar German funding schemes.

In 2014, the following research fields will be given priority under this programme. These are research fields that are agreed to be mutually important, and in which both countries have complementary strengths and advantages:

  • Health;
  • Food/Agriculture/Biosciences;
  • Environment;
  • Marine and polar research; and
  • Resilient Cities (including Renewable Energy)

Please note: The New Zealand Principal Investigator (PI) and the German PI must simultaneously make applications to the respective application administrators in both Germany and New Zealand.  It is essential that collaborators have coordinated their applications accordingly in each country, and are fully aware of each other’s research intentions.

Please submit your application in PDF format to

Applications close at 5.00pm on Friday 30 May 2014.