FAQs

General BPA Presentation [2.4 Mb PDF]

Criteria for Selecting BPA Projects  [209 Kb PDF]

A One-page Guide for Additional Support for New Zealand Companies Developing Co-products [208 Kb PDF]

Questions we frequently get asked about the Bioresource Processing Alliance (BPA) funding.

1. What is the Bioresource Processing Alliance?

The BPA is an alliance between Plant and Food Research, AgResearch, Callaghan Innovation and Scion that aims to expand New Zealand’s export opportunities by adding value to biological resources. Operations and project delivery are overseen by a general manager and science leadership group made up of senior researchers across the four research partners.

2. Which sectors does the Bioresource Processing Alliance (BPA) work with?

Forestry, marine, agriculture, horticulture, dairy, wool & meat processing sectors are covered by the BPA.

3. How much funding is available through the BPA?

Funding totalling $2.5m per annum is available until 2018 for technical and industry development. A large percentage of this will be offered as co-investment into specific business opportunities or business groups.

4. How much and what type of co-funding is required from the industry partner?

Cash co-funding is required and in-kind co-funding is welcomed. The proportion of co-funding is expected to increase as the project progresses through the stages. Where in-kind co-funding is provided, the goods, services and information etc must be described and valued. It may include the industrial partner’s work to develop and launch the product/process/technology, such as the marketing, operational and business inputs.

5. Who can apply for funding?

Individual businesses, business groups, industry bodies, EDAs, local and regional councils are all eligible.

6. How will my application be assessed?

The BPA assesses individual projects based on the opportunity’s value, market potential, technical readiness, IP position, value chain integration and partner relationships, financial robustness, environmental performance and risks as well as broader benefits.  The amount and quality of information required depends on the project stage.  There may be cases where it is more appropriate for BPA to facilitate applications for R&D funding through other sources, such as Callaghan Innovation, rather than co-investment from the BPA.

7. Can I use BPA funding for our company’s technical staff?

BPA funding is intended to enable industry partners to access BPA members, technical facilities, research and processing knowledge and expertise, and scale up capabilities. The BPA also works collaboratively with New Zealand universities and industry.

8. Can students work with the BPA?

The BPA is offering both undergraduate and graduate (Masters) programmes to support its mission. Eight undergraduate internships are available annually to summer students (four within businesses and four at Crown Research Institutes). Four graduate scholarships aimed at Masters students are also available on an annual basis. Eligibility criteria and the application process are currently being developed. Please contact the BPA to register your interest.
*Please note that at this stage, there will no longer be open calls for BPA funded PhDs and Masters projects.  We recommend approaching Callaghan Innovation’s investment arm about funding these particular projects: https://www.callaghaninnovation.govt.nz/student-grants/rd-fellowship-grants or contacting the BPA to discuss alternative ways of funding projects.

9. What types of projects does the BPA fund?

The BPA funds two types of projects:

  • Product/process/technology development.
  • Undergraduate internships, and Masters and PhD scholarships.

10. What does the BPA look for in project applications for product/process/technology development?

In assessing new projects, the BPA considers:

  • The existing bioresource stream’s volume and current sales value/disposal costs.
  • The product(s)/process/technology that might be commercialised from the bioresource stream and indicative volumes and values of these.
  • How the product(s)/process/technology might be developed and commercialised.
  • If there is an industrial partner committed to commercialising the opportunity. The industrial partner could be a business, group of businesses, industry body, economic development agency, or local or regional council.
  • If the project involves collaboration between one or more BPA partners and/or a university.

11. How are product/process/technology development projects funded?

The BPA uses a stage-wise approach for development projects:

  • Stage 0: Idea development
  • Stage 1: Scoping/proof of concept
  • Stage 2: Build business case
  • Stage 3: Development
  • Stage 4: Testing and validation
  • Stage 5: Launch

12. How are the regions becoming involved?

Regionally-focused workshops are being held across New Zealand to connect industry to the resources available from the BPA. The BPA will be present to discuss sector priorities, national projects and find out from industry how best they can help. To register your interest, please contact one of the BPA representatives below.