Callaghan Innovation offers the Research and Development Experience Grant which provides funding to a company for a tertiary student to work on a project over the summer break. The funding is for 10 weeks and the number of grants that a company can get is related to the number of research and development staff they employ, with the maximum being 15.

CEDA, through the Regional Business Partner Network, connected Fonterra Research and Development Centre in Palmerston North with the programme, which resulted in 15 under graduate students working on projects at the Palmerston North research facility over the university summer break. The projects are diverse, and range from food functionality, and processing plant hygiene studies through to the mechanical design of equipment used in the manufacture of dairy products.

The 15 students benefited from the experience gained in a world-class research facility where they worked with more than 300 researchers many of whom have PhDs in Food Science, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Engineering, Information Technology and Mechatronics.

Fonterra Research Centre sees the scheme as an ideal stepping stone to give undergraduate students a real-life research and development experience, and this is an example of how CEDA connects businesses with talent to help retain the exceptional students in Manawatū and showcase the career opportunities within the region.

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