MBIE Smart Ideas Grant
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The MBIE Smart Ideas Grants full proposals require the applicant to write about the benefits of the proposed research beyond academia and to provide a clearly defined and outlined implementation pathway of how those benefits will be realised.

Writing about benefits and impact requires a different approach than typical scientific writing and must be in a language that can be understood by a range of reviewers, this type of writing can be difficult to master.

We work with you to map out your benefits and clearly articulate your implementation pathway so that you can be successful in your approach to this application. Since 2017, we worked with New Zealand Researchers to secure research funding from MBIE, with a solid success rate.

Let us help you succeed.


Our review process helps you write your benefits to New Zealand and shows you the best way to structure your implementation pathway.

Clear benefits

We are experts in articulating research outputs, outcomes and impacts to ensure they shine through.


We edit not just for clarity, but to position your research in the best possible light.

What's involved:

We use the following process for our grant consult sessions and have found this to be the most valuable and time effective for researchers.  

  1. Book and pay for your consult below.
  2. We will request your draft document in word document format 48 hours before review
  3. RIA will review and track changes on the document (1 hour estimate)
  4. RIA will set up an online consult, via Zoom, to discuss the review findings with the participant and suggest changes (1 hour)
  5. Session recording and any track changes documents will be sent to the applicant
What you'll get:
  • Expert advice and guidance from one of our expert consultants.
  • Online calendar booking to lock in online consultation time.
  • Consultation reminders.
  • Zoom recording and a session report following the consult.
  • Word document with track changes
  • Optional reduced rate final review
Basic review
$450 AUD
Expert review of two sections:
Benefits to New Zealand
Implementation Pathway
Track Changes on your word document
One 1-hour online consult discussion

Full Grant Review
$850 AUD
Review main document for clarity and messaging
Initial offline review

Track changes of word documents
Two 1-hour online consults

Additional final review
Expert reviewers

Feedback from our participants

I am excited and relieved to be successful for an NHMRC investigator award.  Your session on preparing for this grant enabled me to get my head around what might be required in terms of research impact, and helped me articulate my research impact for the application.  Thanks to your workshop, I learnt this important skill.

Sarah Dunstan, Melbourne University

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Funding is highly competitive in New Zealand―for many funds only around 5% of applications are successful. So unless the application is very strong, it’s just not going to make it. But with Tamika’s help my application for a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment grant was successful. I was delighted to secure two years of funding for an engineering project to upgrade wastewater treatment in small communities around New Zealand and indeed globally.

Professor Andrew Shilton, Massey University

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