The Callaghan Innovation, a Crown entity of New Zealand was established in February 1, 2013 with a main motto of making New Zealand business more innovative. Its Headquarters is located at Gracefield, Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Later the Crown Research Institute Industrial Research Limited was merged into it. Dr Mary Quin became the CEO of Callaghan Innovation in May 2013. Later on the 6th of January 2014 the carbohydrate chemistry and high temperature superconductor departments were ceded to Victoria University being renamed the Ferrier and Robinson Research Institutes respectively. This resulted in a transfer of 55 staff. Callaghan Innovation is a government agency created to help improve your chances of turning research and development into market success. It has a range of services to make your road to success easier, faster and less risky. It works with businesses of all sizes, who share the ambition of challenging what is possible. It goes to the heart of what we are about. Callaghan Innovation’s functions are to: Foster an environment that encourages and supports businesses to improve their growth and competitiveness through science and technology-based innovation and related activities. Promote and facilitate networking and collaboration among businesses and between RS&T providers and businesses to assist businesses to undertake, or benefit from, science and technology-based innovation and related activities. Facilitate the transfer of knowledge and technology between RS&T providers and businesses. Undertake research and development. Provide services to businesses that contribute to Callaghan Innovation’s main objective. Allocate and administer RS&T funding. Invest in persons or projects that may assist businesses to undertake, or benefit from, science and technology based innovation and related activities. It performs any additional function that the Minister directs under section 112 of the Crown Entities Act 2004. Supporting the development of technology platforms: 6 2012 No 94 Callaghan Innovation Act 2012 Part 2 s 15. Encouraging the exchange of staff, students, or other individuals between RS&T providers and businesses. Assisting businesses to identify and access grants and other assistance programmes that are intended to support science and technology-based innovation and related activities. Providing information to businesses about potential new technologies or scientific discoveries and assisting businesses to use them, develop them, or exploit them commercially. Providing training and advice to assist businesses to undertake science and technology-based innovation and related activities which includes how to access and manage technology or intellectual property. Providing product analysis, process testing, calibration and certification, or other related measurement services. The main services provided by this Innovation are: 1. Technology and Product Development. They have experienced advisors to help your business navigate each step and specialist scientists and engineers to deliver tailored research and development solutions. 2. Access to Experts. They identify the expertise you need and use our unparalleled connections to act as innovation brokers, giving you access to the right advisor, partner, mentor or technology provider. 3. Innovation Skills. They offer a range of programmes, training and workshops to help your business improve its performance, eliminate inefficient processes and activities, and increase customer satisfaction. 4. Business Collaborations It works with hundreds of innovative New Zealand businesses, helps you to engage with potential partners on technology issues and opportunities, and form mutually beneficial collaborations. 5. R&D Grants They offer a range of R&D grants. Getting Started Grants- for businesses entering the innovation system. Project Grants- for businesses new to R&D. Growth Grants- for the more experienced R&D performer. Student Grants- which provide access to undergraduate and postgraduate students to assist in your R&D projects. • Callaghan Innovation’s researchers have worked on imaging to help grade fruit. Helped ensure sorters meet European safety standards by testing and verifying lights used to photograph fruit.