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Contracting and Variations

Information on contracting and variations for Catalyst Fund recipients.



If you have been awarded a Catalyst Fund award, you will receive notification from your Research Office.

To commence the contracting process please download the Contract Information Form and return via your Research Office to: International.Applications@royalsociety.org.nz


Contract variations

Requests for contract variations must be submitted to International.Applications@royalsociety.org.nz by the host organisation's research office. For institutions that do not have their own variation form, please use ours (Contract Variation Form) . Variations must be approved by the Society in response to significant changes to the proposed research project, milestones, or the active involvement of key personnel. 


General Catalyst contract variation advice

There is an expectation that all contracted activities will be completed before the contract completion date.  The approval of contract extensions will be limited to special circumstances:

  • that are clearly outside the control of all participating personnel, e.g. a medical emergency and/ or

  • where the Society is convinced that an extension will materially add or sustain value from the project and all project outcomes will be achieved.


The Society therefore strongly recommends that contract holders ensure that all travel exchanges have been planned well in advance to avoid delays caused by teaching schedules etc. by either New Zealand or overseas personnel.