Catalyst: Seeding FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Letter of Support Template
We do not have a template for your Letter of Support. Letters should be signed by the Head of Department outlining their support toward your application.
Unaligned closing dates with Bilateral sub-programmes
Some Bilateral programme closing dates are different to New Zealand closing dates. This is a result of the Catalyst Fund being fixed to an annual calendar. Please ensure that you and your research collaborator are familiar with the closing dates operating in your respective countries for bilateral funding schemes requiring the submission of an application in each country.
Do applications need to be submitted in both countries?
Yes. Applications do need to be submitted in both countries. For New Zealand bilateral sub-programmes applications are reviewed within either Catalyst: Seeding or Catalyst: Leaders.
Do CV’s from overseas Collaborators need to be submitted in English?
Yes. All applications are reviewed together within either the Catalyst: Seeding or Catalyst: Leaders call. In order to be reviewed fairly again other applications within the round a Reviewers needs to be able to review CVs in English.
Only one CV per Organisation
Please submit the lead PI’s CV and only one per Organisation.
CV’s from collaborators attending a conference
Please do not submit CVs from all the collaborators attending a conference, just the lead PI’s CV and only one per Organisation.
Start Date of the project
All projects will commence on the 1st of the month.
Can I check my application before ‘releasing’ to the Research Office
Yes, use the Check Application button under the ‘Preview/Print’ tab in the portal.
Allowable Expenses – Catalyst: Seeding - General
Expenses allowed under this Programme include the following, in connection with the Project:
Expenses for Research Exchanges
Travel is expected to be an integral part of the Project. Expenses for flights at the lowest possible rate, accommodation, visa, travel insurance, ground transport, and meal expenses are permitted and should be based on the rules of the institution with which the individual undertaking the activity is affiliated. Research exchanges can involve both staff and PhDs.
Expenses for holding symposiums, seminars and meetings
Expenses related to organising symposiums, hosting workshops and similar events are permitted (for example, consumables, printing and binding expenses, honoraria, transportation and telecommunications fees, meeting fees (excluding expenses for alcoholic beverages)).
Expenses for research activities
Expenses for consumables and other research expenses.
Expenses not covered – Catalyst: Seeding - General
Funding for overheads, salaries, equipment purchase and depreciation, student fees, scholarships, or conference fees are not supported under this Programme.
Where are the Catalyst: Portal instructions
Catalyst: Portal instructions are available for downloading via the Catalyst: Portal, please contact your Research Office for a URL Link to the Catalyst: Portal.
Where are the current Guidelines
Guidelines can be downloaded from the Current open call page.
Where are the templates
Templates are available for downloading via the Catalyst: Portal, please contact your Research Office for a URL Link to the Catalyst: Portal.
Where do you 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.
Where is the Catalyst: Portal
Please contact your Research Office for a URL Link to the Catalyst: Portal.
If you do not have a Research Office please email us for a URL Link on International.Applications@royalsociety.org.nz