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Strategic research   Up to 400,000 NZ dollars for projects

New Zealand, Japan in food production

Japan New Zealand foodNew Zealand and Japan are seeking to strengthen joint research into "functional foods" with government funding, New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) announced.

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The New Zealand-Japan Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP) would see MBIE invest up to 400,000 NZ dollars ($336,587) each into three projects over two years.

The funding would be offered to New Zealand-based research teams with established collaborative links with Japanese research partners in one of the three fields: functionality evaluation or health applications of foods or ingredients; development of food products or processing methods; and improving food safety.

Japan is one of New Zealand's key strategic science and innovation partners and a world leader in functional foods and beverage research and development, MBIE international relationships manager Karla Falloon said in a statement.

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