Emerging Food and Beverage Innovation Fund

High-Value Nutrition is investing in excellent, high-impact science to develop high-value foods with validated health benefits to drive economic growth

Overview

The Emerging Food and Beverage Innovation Fund provides a range of funding opportunities for Emerging F&B research projects that are closely aligned to our Strategy and Mission to develop high-value foods with validated health benefits to drive economic growth.  

In addition to the primary objective for the Contestable Fund, the specific objective for the Emerging Food and Beverage Innovation Fund is to develop the innovation capacity of Emerging F&B industries and businesses. 

Available Funding

Contestable Fund Allocation$
Total$1,000,000
Emerging Food and Beverage Innovation Fund (until fully subscribed)$1,000,000

Emerging F&B research projects are also eligible for consideration in the Contestable Rounds and the Māori Food and Beverage Industry Fund where the application criteria for those funds are satisfied.

Available Grants

The Emerging Food and Beverage Innovation Fund includes a range of funding opportunities to allow for multiple entry points for Emerging F&B industry partners, products and research projects that are at different stages of development. 

The Fund also includes Development Grants to support the formation of industry clusters such as the NUKU ki te PukuTM cluster of Māori-owned F&B entities and to provide support for the early stage product development, the formation of research partnerships and the development of proposals for Seed, Feasibility, Project and Programme Grants.   

High-Value Nutrition is finalising the parameters for Scholarship and Internship Grants and is interested to receive expressions of interest from Emerging F&B businesses to host students in partnership with New-Zealand-based research organisations. 

Grant TypeIndicative FundingIndicative Term
Development< $50,000< 12 months
Scholarships and InternshipsUnder Development
Under Development

Seed< $100,000< 12 months
Feasibility< $250,000< 24 months
Project< $500,000< 24 months
Programme< $1,000,000< 36 months

All Emerging F&B research projects are required to attract a minimum of 40% co-funding from industry (cash and in-kind).  

Eligible Applicants (Development Grants)

Applications for Development Grants need to be submitted by a legal entity that meets the definition of a ‘Emerging F&B organisation’ (or legal entity representing one or more Emerging F&B organisations).   The term ‘Emerging F&B organisation’ means an entity operating in an Emerging F&B sector specifically identified in the Request for Proposals (RFP) or a sector that has one or more of the characteristics identified in the Emerging Growth Opportunities in New Zealand Food & Beverage report released as part of the New Zealand Food & Beverage Information Project:

  • unique
  • counter-seasonal
  • on-trend
  • leverage provenance.  

Eligible Applicants (Scholarships and Internships)

High-Value Nutrition is finalising the parameters for Scholarship and Internship Grants and is interested to receive expressions of interest from Emerging F&B businesses to host students in partnership with New-Zealand-based research organisations.  

Eligible Applicants (Seed, Feasibility, Project and Programme Grants)

Applications for Seed, Feasibility, Project and Programme Grants will need to be submitted by a New Zealand-based research organisation (or legal entity representing a New Zealand-based research organisation) in partnership with one or more Emerging F&B businesses. 

Application Criteria

Successful applicants will need to demonstrate: 

  • excellence (Science, Team, Vision Mātauranga) (for Seed, Feasibility, Project and Programme Grants only)
  • impact (Benefit to NZ, Implementation Pathway, Vision Mātauranga)
  • alignment to the HVN Mission and Strategic Plan
  • alignment to at least one priority health area 
  • alignment to the objectives for the Contestable Fund
  • alignment to the objective for the Emerging Food and Beverage Innovation Fund

It is also expected that applicants will demonstrate a strong commitment to working with the HVN Science Leadership Team to leverage the capabilities developed during Tranche 1.

Vision Mātauranga

As part of our commitment to the principles of Vision Mātauranga (a government policy designed to give strategic direction to research of relevance to Māori), a key focus for HVN is to work in partnership with innovative Māori-owned F&B entities looking to increase exports based on validated food-health relationships.  We are also strongly committed to the development of Māori research capability and leadership in food and beverage innovation.

Emerging F&B Industry Partnership

Applications for Seed, Feasibility, Project and Programme Grants by eligible New-Zealand based research organisations will need to demonstrate early and meaningful engagement with Emerging F&B industry partners by providing an executed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with their proposal that addresses key issues, including:

  • arrangements for management and commercialisation of intellectual property
  • Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) arrangements for any Mātauranga Māori that is proposed for inclusion in the project
  • industry co-funding (cash and in-kind) to be provided for the project
  • agreement to work with HVN to develop case studies to document the impact of the research.

Timeline

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Emerging Food and Beverage Innovation Fund will open on 20 May 2019 and will include a flexible application process, including: 

  • an ‘open call’ for the Emerging Food Innovation Fund until fully subscribed
  • the option to submit an initial Expression of Interest (EOI) for feedback from HVN on the concept and to seek support (if required) to broker relationships with research organisations
  • the option to proceed directly to full proposal where the applicant has a fully developed concept meeting the criteria of the fund and established capacity and capability to undertake the research.

How to Prepare

Support

For more information contact the HVN team at hvn@auckland.ac.nz.