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Catalyst: Seeding Kohi-tātea January 2024 Call is now open.

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Royal Society Te Apārangi has opened the Kohi-tātea January 2024 Call for Catalyst: Seeding. Catalyst: Seeding facilitates new small to medium pre-research strategic partnerships with international partners that cannot be supported through other means, and with a view to developing full collaborations that could be supported through other research funding mechanisms, including those administered by the Ministry.

To keep the success rate for Catalyst: Seeding General applications high in response to an expected increase in applications, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has increased their funding for Catalyst: Seeding by $1.045 million for the 2023-2024 financial year. A total of $3.045 million is available for investment through Catalyst: Seeding in the financial year.

For detailed information on open funding opportunities, please refer to the Catalyst Seeding Guidelines available below.

Funding Available




Application(s) Required

Allowable expenses

NZ$ Funding 
(GST exclusive)



New Zealand

Travel, research expenses, expenses related to hosting workshops

Up to $80,000 in total for up to two years


  • The Proposal must be made by a New Zealand-based research organisation or a New Zealand-based legal entity representing a research organisation, unless otherwise agreed by the Society.

Closing Date

Applications to all programmes are now open.
Closing Date: Thursday 18 Paenga-whāwhā April 2024, 12:00pm Noon (NZST)

Submit an Application

  • Applications to all programmes must be made to the Royal Society Te Apārangi via the Catalyst: Portal, please contact your Research Office for a URL Link to the Catalyst: Portal.
  • Templates are available for downloading via the Catalyst: Portal, please contact your Research Office for a URL Link to the Catalyst: Portal.
  • Catalyst Seeding Guidelines
  • For inquiries, please contact International.Applications@royalsociety.org.nz