Policy background

The science and technology cooperation was signed in 2009 and has been instrumental  in creating stronger links between the two partners.

The roadmap sets out main actions to strengthen cooperation on both sides. Activities are regularly discussed in Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee (JSTCC) meetings. The next joint meeting is planned for 2021 in Brussels.

The EU is the most significant regional science and innovation partner of New Zealand: more than half of New Zealand’s researchers have an active collaboration with a European partner.

New Zealand also has strong bilateral research links with several EU countries.

Funding opportunities

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). It is open to the world, which means that participants from all over the world can participate in most calls. In many cases, the EU will fund at least partly the participation of the international partners.

International cooperation in Horizon 2020

Agreements and arrangements

EU-New Zealand Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement

Projects and results

Research project database

EU-funded research projects involving New Zealand

For previous framework programmes, please contact the Research enquiry service.

Examples of research projects with New Zealand

  • FRIENZ (2012-2016) was a joint initiative between the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Commission. The project facilitated new and deeper strategic research, science and innovation partnerships between Europe and New Zealand
  • PACE-NET PLUS (2013-2016) project supported the EU-Pacific policy dialogue in science technology and innovation (STI). It reinforced EU-Pacific STI cooperation on 1. health demographic change and wellbeing 2. food security sustainable agriculture marine and maritime research and the bioeconomy 3. climate action resource use and efficiency and raw materials

More stories of particularly successful EU-funded research projects involving New Zealand.


National Contact Points

The National Contact Points (NCPs) provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in Horizon 2020.

Research enquiry service

You can contact the research enquiry service to find out more about research in Europe, the EU's research and innovation funding programmes as well as calls for proposals and project funding.

European Commission

DG Research and Innovation unit H.2: International cooperation


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