Research and innovation

Take charge of your business. Learn crucial skills from the Hutt's own Callaghan Innovation, and learn what support you could get from IRD

Can R&D help you gain from tax losses?

The aim of the R&D loss tax credit is to allow start-up companies (with an R&D focus) to refund tax losses caused by qualifying R&D expenditure.

To be eligible the company must:

  • be a tax resident in New Zealand
  • have a net loss in the corresponding tax year
  • have eligible R&D expenditure for the income year
  • have sufficient R&D wage intensity
  • meet the corporate eligibility criteria
  • own (solely or jointly) the intellectual property and know-how that results from the R&D activity.

Innovation skills

Local to the Hutt Valley is Callaghan Innovation - New Zealand's Innovation agency. To help your business grow through innovation, Callaghan Innovation have a bunch of tools to help you.

Scale and increase the pace of innovation of your business with programmes and workshops offered by Callaghan Innovation.

Access Callaghan's experts to guide you on a path and help your business innovate and grow.

New funding for innovation


The Government is launching two new grants aimed at strengthening support for businesses doing research, development and innovation.

Both grants will be available to customers from mid-September 2022.

Ārohia / Innovation Trailblazer Grant

Ārohia / the Innovation Trailblazer Grant will be a contestable grant which will support non-R&D innovation activities not covered by the Research & Development Tax Incentive (RDTI). It is designed to help businesses whose innovation activity is likely to build capabilities or create opportunities with wider benefits across the New Zealand innovation system. It will be targeted at businesses doing pioneering innovation or building platforms that will help other innovators.

New to R&D Grant

The New to R&D Grant will support businesses in the early stages of their R&D investment to establish an R&D programme and build their R&D capability. It will provide businesses with a smooth on-ramp to the Research & Development Tax Incentive as their R&D programme becomes established.

Register now to receive further information 

While Callaghan are still finalising the details of these grants, you can register your interest for more information through the Expression of Interest form, and they will keep you in the loop as things progress.