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New Zealand

The EU is the most significant regional partner for science and innovation in New Zealand. Over half of New Zealand’s researchers are engaged in active collaboration with a European partner. On 9 July 2023, New Zealand became associated with Pillar 2 of Horizon Europe. This entitles New Zealand to contribute to the Horizon Europe budget and enables its researchers to participate in project consortia on an equal footing with EU Member States. The EU-New Zealand science and innovation relationship is underpinned by the 2009 Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement, which has been instrumental in fostering stronger ties between the two partners. In particular, cooperation with New Zealand under Horizon 2020 was particularly active in areas such as food, agriculture and biotechnology, as well as in ICT and the environment.

New Zealand’s participation in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) is limited. New Zealand recorded the strongest participation in MSCA with just over half of the projects in the natural sciences. New Zealand’s participation in the social sciences is relatively strong. It is evident that other areas are underrepresented and do not reflect the country’s strengths or bilateral priorities.

For more detailed information on New Zealand’s R&I landscape and MSCA participation, check out the documents below.

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New Zealand factsheet Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

New Zealand R&I cooperation status: Key facts and figures