Tony Egan
"The investments we've made over many years have helped position New Zealand as a world leader in primary industries. As a Trustee of AGMARDT I am proud to be laying the foundations for this growth to continue and supporting innovative ideas through to reality." - Tony Egan

PROGRAMMES

In-Market Grants

The future of New Zealand agribusiness needs to be based on companies being forward-integrated into customer markets. In-Market Grants are designed to support businesses and industry groups to gain a deeper understanding of their markets and identify and exploit potential opportunities.

In-Market Grants provide an opportunity for applicants to:

  • gain greater knowledge and understanding of the marketplace
  • develop deeper relationships with their customers
  • successfully integrate into key markets
  • undertake market research and development
  • enable employees to gain international experience in the market place at an early stage in their careers 

In-Market Grants are available in the following areas:

  • Market research and market development plans: AGMARDT will provide funding assistance for organisations or industry groups to complete market research and market development plans when exploring potential markets for agri-food and fibre products and/or services. Support for such activities may be in collaboration with other agencies e.g. NZTE.
  • Encourage commercial or industry collaboration: Funding is available to enable organisations or industry groups to explore the prospect of developing collaborative relationships that are beneficial to the agribusiness community.
  • Executive immersion in the marketplace: AGMARDT will provide funding assistance to businesses or industry groups to place talented individuals into the marketplace for 6-12 months. This would be a shared funding arrangement with the individual or entity concerned.
  • Immersion Programme: Funding is available to place an individual with identified potential in a chosen international market place for a period, to develop their understanding and skills in the market end of the value chain.

In-Market Grants are available in the following two categories:

  • AGMARDT In-Market Grants: 
    Funding a
    vailable up to $400,000 (inclusive of GST). (There is a requirement that successful Applicants will provide matching cash funding on a dollar for dollar basis).
  • AGMARDT In-Market Immersion programme: 
    Up to five individual In-Market internships per year to the value of $50,000 (Inc. GST) each. 
    (There is a requirement that successful Agribusiness applicants will provide, as a minimum, matching cash funding on a dollar for dollar basis.)

Agribusiness Innovation Grants

Agribusiness Innovation Grants encourage and support industry sectors and businesses to develop and implement innovative solutions to assist with transformational change within agribusiness value chains.

Agribusiness Innovation Grants provide an opportunity for applicants to:

  • pursue 'on the edge' ideas that can transform a business or industry
  • gain a better understanding of world class best practices
  • speed up innovation and respond quickly to opportunities that are driven by new ideas or insight arising from the marketplace
  • facilitate linkages between innovative New Zealand researchers, producers, processors and marketers

AGMARDT provides seed funding for businesses and industry groups to develop and evaluate innovative ideas to a stage where they can attract other funding for further development through to commercialisation.

Agribusiness Innovation Grants are available in the following two categories:

  • Pre-trial/pre-research, or demonstration/investigation purposes: 
    Seed funding grants of up to $20,000 (Inc. GST) are available to applicants, without co-funding, for preliminary investigation or demonstration purposes (total project costs myst not exceed $20,000 (inc GST).
  • Research and technology development:
    Grants of up to $200,000 (Inc. GST) are available for businesses, researchers and industry groups to develop and evaluate innovative ideas to a stage where they can attract other funding for further development through to commercialisation. AGMARDT funds New Zealand based research providers to undertake new and innovative projects that will benefit the agribusiness sector. 

Investments made in Agribusiness Innovation Grants are targeted in areas that encourage and support innovative solutions in agribusiness value chains.

Post Doctoral Fellowships

Each year AGMARDT funds two Post Doctoral Fellowships for the purpose of building research capabilities within New Zealand's science community, in new and expanding areas of research within the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors. Postdoctoral Fellowships are applied for, and competed for, by would-be mentors who have identified projects and opportunities for building capability in developing fields of science in areas of interest to AGMARDT.

The closing date for applications is 5.00pm on the last business day of August of each year.

Visiting Fellowships

Visiting Fellowships enable visits by recognised international experts to New Zealand to share their global expertise with researchers, farmers, industry groups and agribusinesses. Visiting Fellows usually come to New Zealand for two to three short visits over 12 to 18 months to look at a specific area of strategic interest to agribusiness and the scientific community.

Conference Support

AGMARDT provides funding assistance to industry groups and businesses for international keynote speakers and experts (AGMARDT Speakers) to come to New Zealand to speak at conferences and forums. The aim of this is to enhance stakeholders' understanding of the marketplace, facilitate the early adoption of innovative ideas and/or improved business practices.

Travel assistance relates to international air flights and accommodation associated with the conference or forum. AGMARDT does not fund speaker fees or registration costs.

Leadership & Governance Programmes

AGMARDT supports initiatives that develop future leaders and improve the leadership and governance skills of individuals involved in agribusiness. There is limited depth of leadership and governance skills within the agribusiness sector, which has the potential to limit New Zealand's ability to take advantage of beneficial market opportunities.

Leadership & Governance Programmes are available in the following three categories:

  • Individuals:
    Funding for individuals wishing to advance their leadership or governance skills necessary to take on future leadership roles within agribusiness and beyond.
  • Industry & Wider Interest Groups:
    Funding assistance to enable industry and wider interest groups to deliver effective and relevant leadership and or governance programmes to enhance the capability and skills of individuals involved, or who are intending to take on governance roles in agribusiness.
  • Leadership Scholarship Programme:
    Scholarships are available for individuals wishing to advance their leadership or governance skills necessary to take on future leadership roles within agribusiness and beyond. 

The Scholarship provides an opportunity for individual applicants to:

    • achieve their potential through a personalised development plan
    • develop and advance their management, leadership and governance skills
    • participate in management, leadership and governance programmes that make a positive difference to agribusiness and are aligned with AGMARDT’s strategic interests