After more than $600,000 was awarded to innovative research projects tackling big challenges for the primary sector, the Food & Fibres Aotearoa New Zealand Challenge (The Challenge) is now seeking applications for new ‘on-edge’ initiatives that break new ground in the drive towards a zero-carbon economy.

These applications should be industry-led projects that will revolutionise the carbon challenge in a short timeframe and achieve zero-carbon outcomes throughout the food and fibres value chain.

The Challenge is a contestable fund for total AGMARDT funding, ranging from $200,000 up to $500,000 (including of GST), designed to simulate transformational change addressing the big challenges for the primary sector.

For more information, please download the application guidelines.

Project Priority Area

Applicants must focus on industry-led initiatives that look to achieve one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Positive environmental change and sustainability with commitment towards a zero-carbon economy.
  • Opportunities for farmers and growers to de-carbonise their farming systems.
  • Assist the food and fibres value chain to respond to changing consumer behaviours and attitudes related to zero carbon.

We want these projects to revolutionise the carbon challenge in New Zealand in a short timeframe, so they are required to start within three months of approval and be completed within three years of starting.

We strive to make a real change therefore the project outcomes must have impact within two years of completion.  This impact must be measurable and tangible, so being able to articulate what success looks like and how you will demonstrate it will be important.

 

Who can apply

The Challenge is open to any project led by New Zealand businesses, communities of interest or sector groups connected with the food and fibres sector.

Applications submitted by New Zealand individuals or research teams may be considered provided they are partnering with businesses, communities of interest or sector groups connected with the food and fibres sector that will directly benefit from outcomes of the initiative.

What else are we looking for?

Projects must demonstrate the following guiding principles:

  • Collaboration
  • Benefit the broader food and fibres sector
  • Must have a real and rapid impact
  • Must be “at the edge”
  • Improvement across the food and fibres value chain
  • Identify a logical next step with a champion to drive progress on the outcomes
  • The Applicant must be committed to, where possible, retaining the value and benefits arising from the project within New Zealand.

The project must:

  • Start within three months of being formally approval
  • Be completed within three years of starting

Outcomes must have impact within two years of completion

How to apply

Indicative Timeframes:

  • Expressions of Interest applications close 30 June 2021
  • Notification of the Trustees’ decision will be made by 23 July 2021
  • Full funding application (by invitation only) close 18 August 2021
  • Notification of the Trustees’ decision will be made by 10 September 2021