Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Adaptation Programme

Research is at the core of the Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) programme. Find out about the Adaptation Programme’s aims and the types of research it invests in.

Aims of the Adaptation Programme

The SLMACC Adaptation Programme focuses on social impacts, policy research, and the science around adaptation to climate change. It aims to:

  • improve resilience to a changing climate
  • help farmers move towards a low carbon future.

Each year the programme has $2.26 million to fund scientific projects.

Types of research

The programme invests in basic and applied research. This includes:

  • work on the impacts of climate change and adaptation to climate change
  • analysis of farm economics, life-cycles, and systems
  • policy research.

The application process

The 2020 funding round has closed.

Applications are assessed by a panel made up of government and industry experts. Final decisions are made by the Ministry for Primary Industries' investment programmes team. All applicants are notified whether their proposals were successful.

Successful applicants will then finalise their project milestones and sign SLMACC funding contracts. Projects can begin as early as 1 July 2020.

Eligibility criteria

Projects must:

  • be aligned with the themes for the funding round
  • have a duration of 1 to 2 years (dependent on the project topic)
  • have a budget between $100,000 and $400,000.

The proposed research can align with other government-funded projects, but must not duplicate their work.

Application assessment

Applications are assessed against 6 criteria to decide whether they qualify for funding, and how much they may receive. These criteria are:

  • cost and benefit
  • ability to deliver outcomes
  • alignment to research themes
  • impact
  • practicality
  • science excellence.

We encourage collaboration with:

  • local government
  • commercial entities
  • industry groups
  • farmers.

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 SLMACC Adaptation fund, email

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