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NZ to collaborate with Asian partners on alternative energy

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE), along with partner funding agencies from Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, are participating in a call for proposals in the topic of ‘Alternative Energy’ through the e-ASIA Joint Research Programme.

The Ministry says the opportunity will support up to three collaborative research projects for a period of three years.

Funding available to successful New Zealand research teams is up to NZ$400,000 (excluding GST) over three years, with partner agencies providing similar levels of support to their own countries’ successful research teams.

“New Zealand researchers working in the field of alternative energy are invited to collaborate with partners from at least two of the other participating countries to develop proposals for joint research projects. These projects will achieve excellence beyond what has already been achieved within New Zealand,” MBIE said in a statement.

Detailed information about the call for proposals, including information on sub-topics and how to apply, is available on the e-ASIA website:

e-ASIA JRP(external link)

The call for proposals is now open and will close on 29 March 2024.

New Zealand research teams will need to submit a separate proposal through the MBIE’s Pitau portal between 7 February and 2 April 2024. Potential applicants can send questions about preparing proposals to

The East Asia Science and Innovation Area Joint Research Program (e-Asia JRP) is an international initiative involving public research funding organisations from the 18 East Asia Summit (EAS) member countries.

MBIE joined the e-ASIA Joint Research Programme in June 2023 as a mechanism to support New Zealand researchers to collaborate with partners in the Indo-Pacific region.

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