Applications for Callaghan Innovation Student Grant funding are due in before 30 September.

Venture Taranaki, in partnership with Callaghan Innovation, is offering support for Taranaki businesses to employ an undergraduate to work on a technical/science project for 3 months over their summer break.  The grant pays for their wage in full (set at $18 ph) for 10 weeks.  

Funding is available for businesses to engage with a science, technology, engineering, IT or design student who has not yet graduated from a NZ University.  The funding is intended to give New Zealand’s future innovators a head start in their careers by developing their technical skills in a commercial environment. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for your business to connect with our up-and-coming innovators, take advantage of some fresh thinking and undertake some valuable R&D with minimal risk.  You do not have to have a student lined up when you apply – this can be sorted out once you know if your application has been approved.  Venture Taranaki has a number of linkages through our local universities, so we are able to provide support if you require help finding an appropriate student for your project. 

Applications are reviewed on a fortnightly basis, so you will not have to wait long for an answer.   Applications are due before the 30th September.   Contact Zara Ryan ( or Nick Field ( to find out more.