Māori 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 Māori Food and Beverage Innovation Fund provides a range of funding opportunities for Māori 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 Māori Food and Beverage Innovation Fund is to develop the innovation capacity of Māori F&B businesses.

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Available Funding

 

Contestable Fund Allocation$
Total$2,000,000
Māori Food and Beverage Innovation Fund (until fully subscribed)$2,000,000

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

Available Grants

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

 

 

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

Development Grants

The Fund includes Development Grants to support the formation of new industry clusters, complete early stage product development and develop proposals for Seed, Feasibility, Project and Programme Grants with research partners.   

In Tranche 1 (2014-2019) , HVN entered into a $1M collaboration with the NUKU ki te PukuTM cluster of Māori-owned F&B entities.  The collaboration, known as Tū Ora, is driven by the aspirations of NUKU ki te PukuTM and combines science, education and commercialisation in order to progress new value development.

The model allowed HVN to test a strategy for engagement and knowledge transfer that can be adopted by other Māori businesses, including small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The cluster model may also be applicable to mixed groups of Māori and non-Māori businesses who choose to work together for mutual benefit.

Scholarship and Internship Grants

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

Eligible Applicants (Development Grants)

Applications for Development Grants need to be submitted by a legal entity that meets the definition of a ‘Māori organisation’ (or legal entity representing one or more Māori organisations).   HVN will consider applications by a legal entity acting on behalf of a mixed groups of Māori and non-Māori businesses who choose to work together for mutual benefit.

The term ‘Māori organisation’ has the same meaning as set out in the Te Pūnaha Hihiko (Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund) guidelines: “A Māori organisation is defined as an organisation that identifies itself as Māori and uses (or wishes to use) research, science and technology or related activities”.

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 Māori 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 Māori 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 objectives for the Māori 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.

Māori 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 Māori 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 Māori Food and Beverage Innovation Fund will open on 20 May 2019 and will include a flexible application process, including: 

  • an ‘open call’ for the Māori 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.

Essential Documents

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