9 December 2019 at 9:00 am

Applications now open for the New Zealand-China Tripartite Fund

Education New Zealand is pleased to announce the latest round of this long-standing research partnership.

University researchers are invited to submit proposals for the latest round, with up to $30,000 available per application to support quality, high-level research and collaboration. The fund seeks to initiate new tripartite partnerships and enable the further development of existing partnerships between a New Zealand university and two Chinese partner universities. 

Eligible Tripartite Fund subjects can be drawn from the arts; humanities; social sciences; sciences and applied sciences; including agriculture; food safety; conservation; forestry; advanced materials engineering and environmental science.

The fund was established in 2005 when the New Zealand and Chinese Ministries of Education agreed to formally support and promote tripartite relationships between Kiwi and Chinese institutions, in which a New Zealand university became the ‘third brother’ to an existing ‘two brothers’ agreement.

This agreement was a first for the education relationship between New Zealand and China, and since then many other countries have followed New Zealand’s lead.

Previous research linkages and projects have benefited both nations and highlight the growing academic and research engagement between China and New Zealand. There have been positive outcomes across a variety of research areas, including environmental protection and climate change, health and medicine, animal science, educational development, media literacy, renewable energy and the conservation of national parks. 

“The Tripartite programme highlights our commitment to the strategic education partnership between China and New Zealand,” ENZ Director – Greater China, Miranda Herbert, says. “The projects and research under the programme to date showcase and support the reputation of New Zealand universities in China through our quality of research and people-to-people ties.”

The deadline for applications is 1 March 2020, with a project start date of 1 May 2020, and end 30 April 2021.

Below is the criteria for successful applicants:


Download the application form and submit it to china@enz.govt.nz. Any queries can also be sent to this address.

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