New Zealand joins Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Programme

 Wednesday, July 12, 2023

The European Union and New Zealand have today signed an agreement for the participation of New Zealand in EU Programmes.

The agreement creates a long-lasting legal framework that regulates the terms and conditions for New Zealand’s participation in European programmes, including its involvement in the governance structures and its financial contribution.

The agreement opens the doors to New Zealand’s participation in the framework programme for research and innovation Horizon Europe (2021-2027).

New Zealand and the EU will cooperate in research projects related to climate change and carbon-neutrality but also in other areas such as big data, precision agriculture, sustainable energy, earthquake research and industrial innovation.

The agreement is expected to boost bilateral cooperation in research and innovation. The EU is New Zealand’s most significant regional science and innovation partner, with more than half of New Zealand’s researchers regularly engaged in active collaborations with EU partners.

Around 4 000 businesses in New Zealand perform research and development activities, with many more engaging in innovation. New Zealand has 8 Universities, 7 Crown Research Institutes, and several independent research organisations.

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