New Regional Research Institutes announced
Late last month, the New Zealand Research Institute of Viticulture and Oenology (NZRIVO) was selected to become
“The NZRIVO, which will be based in Marlborough, will undertake new research activity and collaborate with other domestic and international research institutions to support the growth and continuing success of New Zealand’s wine and viticulture industry,” says Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce.
Mr Joyce also announced a second Regional Research Institute on 15 November, the Centre for Space Science Technology (CSST). CSST, which will be based in Alexandra, Central Otago, will undertake research to explore the use of space-based measurements and satellite imagery unique to
“It will establish an international satellite data exchange and collaborate with leading researchers and businesses, both here and abroad, to design, build, and launch New Zealand’s first fleet of cube satellites,” says Mr Joyce.
IRANZ would like to congratulate both the NZRIVO in
Further funding rounds for RRIs are in progress, so IRANZ is eagerly anticipating more good news on further RRIs.
A third shortlisted proposal by Earth+Vantage, based in Southland, which proposed undertaking research using real time satellite and ground-based data to lift primary industry productivity was unsuccessful in its application but will have the option to put forward a proposal for the second round of funding. An additional sum of $2.3 million has also been set aside for technical collaboration between CSST and Earth+Vantage if this proves possible.
Regional Research Institutes were announced in Budget 2015. In Budget 2016, the Government set aside $40 million of additional funds to support the initiative, bringing the total funding in contingency to $65 million over four years.
Proposals are invited from groups of businesses, researchers and private investors who are seeking to collaborate to establish regional institutes that will deliver commercially focused and industry-relevant research to their region and
“During the initial funding round, a number of credible and exciting proposals were received from all across
“Our regional economies have different resources and strengths. These institutes will focus on scientific research relevant to a particular region, with a strong emphasis on the effective transfer of research into new technologies, new firms, and new products and services.”
It is expected that two or three additional institutes will be established over the next four to five years in areas outside
For more information about RRIs please see: http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/sectors-industries/regions-cities/regional-research-institutes.