Sustainable Land Management & Climate Change Research Programme

The Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) Research Programme helps the agriculture and forestry sectors with the challenges arising from climate change. Learn about the projects the programme supports and its priorities.

2019-2020 funding round

The SLMACC funding round for 2019/20 has closed at as 14 June 2019. The results of this funding round will be available end July/August 2019.

The research programme:

  • enhances and supports adaptation to climate change
  • reduces agricultural greenhouse gases
  • encourages the establishment of forest sinks
  • manages deforestation
  • capitalises on new business opportunities arising from the world's response to climate change.

Types of research

The SLMACC Research Programme invests in targeted basic, applied and policy research, including:

  • the impacts of climate change and adaptation to climate change
  • mitigation of agricultural and forestry greenhouse gas emissions
  • cross-cutting issues, including economic analysis, life-cycle analysis, farm, catchment and systems analysis and social impacts
  • policy research to address targeted policy questions.

Climate issues facing farmers – Survey results

The impacts of climate change are projected to intensify over the coming decades - both environmentally and economically. Both domestic and international expectations about the response to climate change and sustainable use of resources have risen.

This research highlights that 63% of farmers agree or strongly agree that global human activity is contributing to climate change, a significant increase on the proportion agreeing in 2009.

Download the full report [PDF, 3.4 MB]

Celebrating 10 years of research

Read about some of the projects funded by SLMACC during the past 10 years.

Funding rounds

Each year MPI approves a number of priority topics that address 1 of the following research themes.

  1. Impacts of climate change and adaptation.
  2. Mitigation of agricultural and forestry greenhouse gas emissions.
  3. Cross-cutting issues, including economic analysis, life-cycle analysis, farm catchment systems analysis, and social impact.

The theme topics will vary each year.

The 2019-2020 SLMACC funding round

The round opened on 10 May 2019 and will close at 3pm on 14 June 2019. The theme topics are:

  • Research Theme 1: Impacts of climate change and adaptation
  • Research Theme 2: Extension of climate change research

Application form [DOCX, 77 KB]

Application guidelines [PDF, 676 KB] 

Extension template [PDF, 534 KB] 

SLMACC contract [PDF, 910 KB]

SLMACC Research Themes and Project Topics 2019 [PDF, 234 KB]

Find out more

GETS (Government Electronic Tender Service)

Who can apply for funding?

Organisations or persons with the ability to do research in their own right can apply for funding.

Collaboration and co-funding arrangements on research applications between New Zealand-based organisations is encouraged.


  • will contribute to one of a number of priority topics defined for each round (see Application Guidelines)
  • may address knowledge gaps and urgent areas of research and policy research
  • may involve the synthesis and expansion of existing knowledge
  • may contribute directly to climate change policy development

Projects can run for 1 or 2 years for the 2019/20 SLMACC funding round.

2017-2018 funding round results

Review Reports

This section has the SLMACC review reports completed in August 2018.

Research reports

MPI regularly publishes reports produced by the SLMACC Research Programme.

Case study fact sheets

Find case studies fact sheets on completed SLMACC projects.

Who to contact

If you have questions about the SLMACC Research Programme, email

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