R&D grants & innovation news – Australia / NZ science and innovation agreement signed

MBIE press release, 17 Feb, 2017

A ground breaking bilateral international science agreement was signed between New Zealand and Australia at the Leaders’ meetings in Queenstown today.


The Australia – New Zealand Science, Research and Innovation Cooperation Agreement is a commitment to valuable collaboration across the innovation and science systems, and between researchers and innovative companies, on both sides of the Tasman.

This Agreement sets out a clear work programme that will provide a vital focus-point for our cooperation going forward which is fundamental to both Australia and New Zealand economic growth.

Key initial proposals in the work programme include mapping collaborative research opportunities, research infrastructure planning and investment, standards and measurement research and the exchange of experts, knowledge and expertise.

The Agreement also provides for a wide array of future initiatives such as common science priorities, working together in other international endeavours and the promotion of a trans-Tasman innovation ecosystem for talent and investment attraction.

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