Applying for Greenhouse Gas Inventory Research 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 the next funding round will open mid-2021.

To request an application form for the Greenhouse Gas Inventory Research (GHGIR) Fund, email

What to include in your GHGIR 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. 

How we assess funding applications

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

  1. Alignment to the emissions reporting needs of agriculture, forestry, and other land uses.
  2. Value for money.
  3. Ability to deliver outcomes.
  4. Alignment to research priorities.
  5. Impact.
  6. Practicality.
  7. Science excellence.

We encourage collaboration between multiple research organisations.

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.

Greenhouse gas research funding round timetable

Each funding round is made up of 5 stages:

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

Who to contact

If you have questions about the GHGIR Fund, email

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