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Callaghan Innovation R&D Solutions

Our engine room of leading scientists and engineers, dedicated to solving tough technical problems through research and development (R&D) and innovation.

How can R&D Solutions help your business?

R&D Solutions is the one-stop shop to boost your competitive advantage through technology, and help you become an innovation leader in your market.

We help Kiwi businesses to commercialise novel products, processes or services faster for a better ROI, through tailored R&D services ranging from expert advice to end-to-end development of products or processes. We work with and provide support options for businesses of all sizes.

Callaghan Innovation’s scientists and technical experts offer businesses a free one-hour consultation to explore support options tailored to specific innovation projects and business needs. Simply click on the Contact Us button below, complete the short sign-up form and we’ll contact you to arrange your consultation session. We look forward to helping you accelerate your innovation!

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Empowering innovators

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Why businesses work with us

  • Access to our 200+ success-driven, world-class scientists and engineers
  • Hands-on support to solve tough technical challenges
  • Products and prototypes are tested and developed using our cutting-edge R&D equipment and software tools in our state-of-the-art pilot plants and laboratories
  • We have satisfied clients: we help hundreds of businesses every year and 97% of our customers said work was completed to a high standard
  • We use the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) model to make continual modifications before building a final product, minimising risk and project cost

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Our R&D Solutions core capability areas

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Who is Callaghan Innovation R&D Solutions for?

If you’ve got a tough technical problem to solve so that you can innovate and commercialise – and you want support from proven experts in the field – R&D Solutions can help.

Get in touch with our technical experts today for a free no-obligation discussion about your business needs. Or, if you don’t yet know what specific support you need, our experts can help you explore support options to suit.

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How has R&D Solutions helped Kiwi businesses?

We’ve already helped thousands of NZ businesses solve their technical challenges and launch scalable tech innovations. Examples of our work include:

Developed large-scale extraction processes for high-value cosmeceutical ingredients

Increased productivity and removed risk from mussel processing by developing an advanced robotic processing system

Improved staff utilisation and factory output by supporting Industry 4.0 adoption

Developed IoT-enabled irrigation, leading to a new Kiwi venture

Identified the cause of window failure in a high-rise building and prevented replacement of 1800 windows

Developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system for a novel cancer diagnostic product for improved patient outcomes

What our customers have to say

We’ve already helped thousands of NZ businesses to solve their technical challenges and launch scalable tech innovations. Examples of our work include:

Case Study – Advanced Materials

Heating up world food production

A Callaghan Innovation-developed process that recovers carbon dioxide from the burning of forestry waste and feeds it to plants is set to boost global fruit and vegetable supply.

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Case Study – Integrated Biotechnologies

From horses to humans

BioBrew is bringing the benefits of its successful animal probiotic to the people, with some key technical assistance from Callaghan Innovation.

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Case Study – Advanced Manufacturing

Very cool runnings

Christchurch firm Fabrum Solutions has turned a Kiwi-invented cryocooler technology into a burgeoning export industry.

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Case Study – IoT & Data Solutions

NZ tech disrupts air cargo industry

A Kiwi collaboration is turning global aviation logistics on its head, finally giving airlines the ability to track cargo in real time.

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Case Study – Advanced Materials

Cold roads ahead

Research proving it’s possible to make chip sealed roads without using dangerous hot bitumen will be key to the future of roading.

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We work with hundreds of customers each year, and we can help your business too!

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R&D Solutions: Callaghan Innovation's Engine Room

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Our Teams

We have more than 200 of NZ’s leading scientists and engineers, operating from five locations and through a regional partner network in a further 12 locations throughout Aotearoa.

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Our Mission

Our experts work to accelerate NZ innovators’ success by providing tailored R&D services for tough technical challenges.

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Our COVID-19 Support

Our engineers and scientists have actively supported NZ’s COVID-19 crisis response, with initiatives including testing, vaccine research, sanitiser production and screening technology.

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Our Support Options

R&D Solutions supports businesses on a fee-for-service basis. Services can also be co-funded through R&D funding: R&D Tax Incentive, Getting Started Grants, Project Grants and Student Grants.

Our experts are on hand to help solve your R&D problems.

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Other Callaghan Innovation support

We have a range of other support to help activate your innovation and accelerate your success. This includes R&D funding, some of which can help co-fund R&D Solutions services.

R&D Tax Incentive

R&D Tax Incentive

A 15% tax credit on the money a business invests in eligible research and development (R&D) in NZ.

R&D Tax Incentive

R&D Tax Incentive

A 15% tax credit on the money a business invests in eligible research and development (R&D) in NZ.

Project Grants

Project Grants

For businesses new to R&D or to enable businesses to take on larger or more challenging R&D projects.

Project Grants

Project Grants

For businesses new to R&D or to enable businesses to take on larger or more challenging R&D projects.

Student Grants

Student Grants

For businesses engaging students to help develop commercial solutions and helps students develop technical skills within a commercial business.

Student Grants

Student Grants

For businesses engaging students to help develop commercial solutions and helps students develop technical skills within a commercial business.

Getting Started Grants

Getting Started Grants

To help businesses launch their R&D journey to enable a new or novel product, process or service.

Getting Started Grants

Getting Started Grants

To help businesses launch their R&D journey to enable a new or novel product, process or service.

Innovation Advisors and Sector Specialists

Innovation Advisors and Sector Specialists

Support to introduce businesses to relevant services and opportunities through our local, regional and global connections, as well as tailored mentoring and advice.

Innovation Advisors and Sector Specialists

Innovation Advisors and Sector Specialists

Support to introduce businesses to relevant services and opportunities through our local, regional and global connections, as well as tailored mentoring and advice.

Incubators and Accelerators

Incubators and Accelerators

Concentrated support for startups through a network of expert partners and a range of programmes for different stages, sectors and regions.

Incubators and Accelerators

Incubators and Accelerators

Concentrated support for startups through a network of expert partners and a range of programmes for different stages, sectors and regions.

GlycoSyn

GlycoSyn

Through discovery, development and GMP manufacturing, Callaghan Innovation’s GlycoSyn produces complex active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for pre-clinical and clinical drug development programmes.

GlycoSyn

GlycoSyn

Through discovery, development and GMP manufacturing, Callaghan Innovation’s GlycoSyn produces complex active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for pre-clinical and clinical drug development programmes.

KiwiStar Optics

KiwiStar Optics

Callaghan Innovation’s specialist optics design and manufacturing company, KiwiStar Optics, customises solutions for the astronomy, instrumentation, defence and surveillance markets.

KiwiStar Optics

KiwiStar Optics

Callaghan Innovation’s specialist optics design and manufacturing company, KiwiStar Optics, customises solutions for the astronomy, instrumentation, defence and surveillance markets.

Scale-Up New Zealand

Scale-Up New Zealand

Callaghan Innovation’s free online networking platform, showcasing innovative NZ businesses, investors and hubs and enabling connections to realise opportunities.

Scale-Up New Zealand

Scale-Up New Zealand

Callaghan Innovation’s free online networking platform, showcasing innovative NZ businesses, investors and hubs and enabling connections to realise opportunities.