IP and R&D funding in New Zealand

Article  \  1 Aug 2023

New Zealand has a thriving SME ecosystem which is supported by various sources of funding, grants and tax incentives for intellectual property (IP) and other intangible assets and research and development (R&D).

Navigating the landscape of available support can be challenging, so we have summarised a list of key sources below (last updated August 2023).

The Government recognises that IP plays an important role in protecting intangible assets and therefore driving innovation in New Zealand. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) have summarised funding information and opportunities available to New Zealand businesses on their website here.


IP funding

There are several IP programmes available to SMEs in New Zealand that you might be eligible for. Here is a summary that you might find useful:

  • Beyond IP to develop and implement an intangible asset strategy (40% contribution for up to $25,000 spend) from Callaghan Innovation
  • Ārohia Innovation Trailblazer Grant to fund activities involved in taking a world-leading innovation to market with a view to benefitting the wider ecosystem in New Zealand
  • Mentoring (Regional)
  • Getting Started Grant including patent FTO searches (40% contribution for up to $12,500 spend) from Callaghan Innovation) - currently paused
  • Capability Voucher (50%) from NZTE - currently paused

Each programme has its own eligibility criteria. If you are interested in funding, you will need to contact the relevant provider.


Venture raising

We work with many VC, Angel and other organisations that help to get the financial backing for brave founders to get their idea off the ground. Please contact us to let us help you find the right organisation to approach.


R&D funding

Some common R&D funding sources are outlined below:


Getting started

Get in touch to discuss what IP services you require, and what funding you may be able to pursue.