Research involving new manufacturing and medical technologies feature in the government's latest National Science Challenge programme.
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce says $32.9 million has been allocated for the projects, part of the $133.5 million that's been set aside for the science challenges over four years.
The aim is to develop innovative technologies with commercial breakthrough potential.
"New technologies emerge every day which will rapidly change and shape how we do business," Mr Joyce said.
"To take best advantage of this, we must drive New Zealand's culture of innovation forward."
Three crown research institutes and eight universities are taking part in the latest challenge, collaborating with the business sector.
Research will focus on: