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Research Acceleration Programme

Request for Stage I proposals is open all year.
Request for Stage II proposals is now open for the 6th March deadline.

The RAP is a contestable acceleration programme for very early-stage medical device and digital health technology projects working towards clinical application and commercialisation. 

This programme will identify, de-risk and curate opportunities for innovative health technologies, with an emphasis towards those addressing accessibility and inequity issues. The objective is to create a high-value deep tech pipeline for the investment community. 

This initiative is funded by MBIE for $2.7 million per year for 3 years and hosted by the University of Auckland on behalf of the CMDT partners. 

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STAGE I

STAGE II

STAGE III

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$10K - $20K

$100K

$40K - $80K

DE-RISKING IDEAS

PROOF OF CONCEPT

FUNDING AVAILABLE PER PROJECT:

ACCELERATION

CONCEPT SEEDING

COLLABORATION & IDEATION​

PHASE:

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SCALE-UP FUNDING & SUPPORT

I

Collaboration & Ideation

Stage 1 RAP funding supports the formation of new collaborative relationships between researchers, clinicians, companies and/or partnerships with Māori and Pacific communities.

This is an open call for proposals and submission can be made at any time. Proposals are reviewed every two months and awarded within 2 weeks.

$10k - $20k

II

Concept Seeding

Stage II RAP funding identifies concepts with the potential to be viable for clinical application and commercialisation.

There are two calls for proposals (RfP) in January and June. These will be awarded in April and September respectively.

$40k - $80k

III

Acceleration

Stage III RAP acceleration funding is to support projects to refine proven concept and prototypes including small scale clinical trials and preparation for commercial readiness.

Applications for this fund are by invitation. There is an interview process prior to submission of a proposal. Awards will be made in May and October.

$100k

FAQ's

Do I have to complete the entire RAP funding pathway?

You can enter the pathway either at stage 1 or stage 2, however, to apply for stage 3 funding you must have successfully completed stage 2.

 

Can I apply for seed funding more than once?

Yes, you can apply for stage 1 and 2 funding more than once, however, it would require a strategy as to why you are coming back a second time, particularly for stage 2.

 

How many collaborations are required for this programme?

For stage 1 and stage 2 funding, you must have a collaboration of at least 2 organisations with one of them being a member of the CMDT.

For stage 3, a single organisation can apply alone.

 

Can I bring international collaborators?

Yes, we do encourage international collaboration. Your international collaborators will need to bring their own funding to support their side of the project.

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