CRIs are members of the Centres of Research Excellence (CoRES) funded through the Tertiary Education Commission. 

Bio-Protection Research Centre

Objective: To find innovative, natural and sustainable solutions to protect New Zealand's plant-based, productive ecosystems from pests, diseases and weeds. 

CRI: AgResearch, Plant & Food Research, Scion


MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology

Objective: To build materials and devices from atoms and molecules, and develop and apply new techniques in physics, chemistry and engineering.

CRI and Crown Agent: GNS Science, Callaghan Innovation 


Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery

Objective: To improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, diabetes and infectious disease by seeding high-risk, high-reward projects not otherwise funded. 

CRIs and Crown Agent: AgResearch, Plant & Food Research, Callaghan Innovation



Objective: To develop new technologies to improve hospital, community and home-based healthcare, and nurture a MedTech business sector to help grow the economy. 

Crown Agent: Callaghan Innovation


Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

Objective: To carry out economic, cultural, social and environmental research relevant to Maori communities, to bring about positive change and transformation. 

CRI: Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research



Objective: To develop an earthquake-resilient New Zealand where thriving communities can recover rapidly after major earthquakes through mitigation and pre-disaster preparation. 

CRI: GNS Science


Te Pūnaha Matatini

Objective: To apply inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to address the most complex and critical issues of our time.

CRI: Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, NIWA


The Riddet Institute

Objective: To lead a “NZ Inc.” approach to food research targeting health and wellness, and to generate knowledge and capability that transforms the New Zealand food industry.

CRIs: AgResearch, Plant & Food Research