Commercial partners & investors

Scion relishes its partnerships with industry, researchers and innovators, both in New Zealand and overseas.

We have expertise in many areas in addition to forest and forest-derived products research that we can bring to partnerships, for example:

  • commercialising technology
  • licensing intellectual property
  • optimising value chains
  • securing and managing large-scale contracts.

We welcome inquiries from potential partners and investors and look forward to discussing your ideas.

Amanda Davies, Innovation Manager

Government investment

The Government’s goal is to foster economic development that will deliver greater prosperity, security and opportunities to all New Zealanders.

Through experience we know how to match and maximise available government investment in research and development projects.

Key government agencies investing with Scion:

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Aims: Build high-performing science and innovation systems that will transform New Zealand into a more diverse and technologically advanced nation.

Funds available: Contestable funding, strategic science investment funding (SSIF), ‘on-demand’ and preseed accelerator funds (PSAF) to support product commercialisation.

Ministry for Primary Industries

Aims: Maximise primary industry export opportunities, improve sector productivity, increase sustainable resource use, protect New Zealand from biological risk.

Funds available: Partnership funds with industry and research, for example Primary Growth Partnership (PGP), Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) and Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF).

Ministry for the Environment

Aims: Achieve balance between sustainable environmental management and economic growth.

Funds available: Contestable funds for waste minimisation and community environmental projects.

Department of Conservation

Aims: Manage natural and historic heritage assets for the greatest benefit and enjoyment of all New Zealanders.

Funds available: Partnership funds to protect native species, habitats and cultural heritage.

Callaghan Innovation

Aims: Accelerate commercialisation of innovative technologies.

Funds available: Partnership funds to support business innovation.

We welcome inquiries from potential partners and investors and look forward to discussing your ideas.


Roger Dungan, General Manager Strategic Partnerships & Communication