Applying for GHGIR funding

Find out how to apply to the Greenhouse Gas Inventory Research (GHGIR) Fund and how we assess applications.

How to apply for GHGIR funding

Applications for 2021 open in late May 2021.

To request an application form for the GHGIR Fund, email

Applications are assessed by a panel of government and industry experts. Final decisions are made by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). All applicants are told whether they were successful after the panel meeting. Successful applicants can then finalise their project milestones and sign GHGIR funding contracts.

Projects can begin once the contract is signed.

Application process

Each funding round is made up of 5 stages:

  1. Priority setting – late April to May: MPI determines the priorities for the inventory.
  2. Funding round – May to June: Priorities are released and funding round is open to applications.
  3. Assessment – June to July: We assess the submitted applications.
  4. Results – late July: Applicants are told the results of their applications.
  5. Contracting – July to August: Contracts are signed with successful applicants. 

How we assess applications

Applications are assessed against 7 criteria to determine how well they qualify and whether they will receive funding. These criteria are:

  • alignment to the emissions reporting needs of agriculture, forestry, and other land uses
  • value for money
  • ability to deliver outcomes
  • alignment to research priorities
  • impact
  • practicality
  • science excellence.

We encourage collaboration between multiple research organisations.

What to include in your application

Applications should:

  • clearly describe the scientific methodology of the proposed work
  • consider key risks
  • identify the project's benefits and outcomes, and describe how these will be measured
  • describe how the project will be successfully delivered
  • consider Māori aspirations and opportunities, where applicable
  • include a realistic and appropriate budget (with a breakdown including milestones, and the budget for each stage of the work)
  • include a well-considered project plan.

To assess your application, we need robust information and as much evidence as possible.

Who to contact

If you have questions about the GHGIR Fund, email

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