The Challenge

One of New Zealand's 11 National Science Challenges, the Science for Technological Innovation challenge (SfTI) was launched in 2015.

A 10-year, multi-million dollar investment aimed at growing a future high-tech New Zealand economy, the SfTI challenge is generously hosted by Callaghan Innovation.

Who we are

The Challenge has assembled some of New Zealand’s biggest multi-organisational teams of science and engineering researchers from our eight universities, three crown research institutes (CRIs) and an independent research organisation. All collaborate with businesses.

What we do

We develop world-leading science and technology highly relevant to New Zealand. We aim to build enduring partnerships between researchers, business, and Māori organisations. Kia kotahi mai - Te Ao Pūtaiao me Te Ao Hangarau: to come together, to join as one, the world of Science, the world of Innovation.

We support researchers to build technical capacity and encourage them to answer these questions:

  • what can my research do for New Zealand?
  • how can I proactively engage with business to understand their needs?
  • how can I develop innovative technology solutions to help firms succeed in global markets?

Our Vision

New Zealand is a vibrant and prosperous technology-driven economy, with new businesses offering high-value services and products that may not yet have been invented.

Our Mission

To enhance New Zealand’s capacity to use physical sciences and engineering for economic growth.


Our mission-led, multi-disciplinary research teams bring together some of the best physical science and engineering talent from New Zealand’s leading public and independent research organisations.

They include: