Assess your R&D funding eligibility

Find out if you are eligible for research & development funding through Callaghan Innovation

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Following a high-demand year for Callaghan Innovation R&D Grants, Callaghan Innovation have paused accepting new applications for R&D Project Grants, Getting Started Grants, R&D Fellowship Grants and R&D Career Grants to assess what remaining funding is available.

Use our handy guide below to determine if you would be eligible for funding, and contact us if you would like to discuss your R&D project and register your interest to stay up to date with funding and timelines.

Does your project or initiative meet the definition of R&D?

The first step is to ensure your R&D project or initiative meets the definition of 'research and development'.

Research is the process of working to gain new scientific or technical knowledge and understanding.

Development is the application of research findings (and other knowledge) to develop a new product/service.

If it does, then the next step is to determine how well your company and R&D project fits with Callaghan's specific funding criteria.

Does your project meet Callaghan Innovation funding criteria?

You will need to provide information and evidence relating to the five key areas below. Callaghan will use this information to judge how well your company and R&D project fits their funding criteria.

A clear statement that shows your business is meeting a genuine need or "pain" in the market

  • An explanation of your customers' problem
  • How the new product/service will solve that problem
  • A definition of who your customers are based on, validated feedback rather than assumptions

Evidence that your potential financial returns make the opportunity commercially viable

  • The size of your target market
  • How you'll make money from the product

Information showing that you've figured out how to get your product to market

  • What sales channels you’ll be using
  • The details of any channel partners and/or customers that are involved or already contracted

A detailed R&D project description

  • Details of the scope of work you want funding for
  • An estimate of how much it will cost to complete your project

Discussion of the resources you need for your project to be successful

  • What benefit people or tools will bring to the project
  • How you'll be funding the project.

Research & Development funding

Callaghan Innovation provide a wide range of R&D funding to add scale, depth and return to your R&D investment.

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Next steps

If you believe your project fits these criteria, or you need support to fill in some gaps, talk to our Business Growth team for guidance and support.

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