Three new strategic science platforms announced

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By Milthon Lujan

New Zealand.- The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today announced $35.4 million over six years for three new strategic science platforms undertaking research to improve the performance of New Zealand’s seafood, shellfish aquaculture, and hide and skin processing industries.

“These new platforms are funded through MBIE’s Strategic Science Investment Fund (SSIF) which supports long-term research in priority areas critical to the future of New Zealand’s economy, environment and wellbeing,” says Danette Olsen, Manager, Strategic Investments.

A SSIF platform supports capability important to New Zealand by bringing together scientists, resources, expert knowledge and the facilities needed to deliver on long-term research goals.

“All three platforms will improve New Zealand’s international competitiveness through local research and innovation, and will ultimately strengthen sustainability of our seafood, aquaculture and hide industries by the creation of higher value products for export.”

Platforms will be hosted by the independent research organisations Cawthron Institute and the Leather and Shoe Research Association (LASRA).

The Seafood Safety Platform, aimed at eliminating product recalls and ensuring market access for New Zealand’s seafood will be hosted by the Cawthron Institute and will receive $3 million per year for six years.

The Shellfish Aquaculture Platform, also hosted by Cawthron, will receive $2 million per year for six years to undertake research aimed at enhancing, growing and securing New Zealand’s shellfish aquaculture industry.

The third new SSIF platform will be hosted by LASRA and will address the quality, performance and sustainability New Zealand’s valuable hide and skin processing industry. The platform has been granted $0.9 million per year for six years.

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Source: MBIE

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