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The Kathleen Spragg Agricultural Research Trust


This award was set up by the late Miss Kathleen Spragg, firstly;

  • In memory of her maternal grandfather Wesley Spragg, founder of New Zealand Dairy Association who travelled widely by horse and buggy to persuade dairy farmers to form a co-operative dairy company and,
  • Secondly, in memory of her father C R Spragg, a former agricultural student of Lincoln College, soldier, employee of Wallaceville Laboratories, meat inspector and manager of Gisborne Abattoir. He was also a pedigree Jersey breeder, and dairy produce exporter who, like many of his time, was forced to walk off his farm during the depression years.

Kathleen’s wish was to provide income to foster general research and development in soils, plants and animals, and related areas in New Zealand so the knowledge gained shall be of benefit to the pastoral industry throughout New Zealand.


Funding Objectives

The Kathleen Spragg Agricultural Research Trust was established by deed on 6th of May 2002.

The Board of Governors invite applications from scientists, technicians, advisors and consultants, or PhD students holding a relevant tertiary qualification to fund travel within New Zealand or overseas, for the purpose of acquiring further research experience and for training which would be of value to the pastoral industry of NZ.

The award is also available to enable overseas research workers to be brought to New Zealand to spend a period of time in conducting research and development.

It is also open to institutions and organisations to enable overseas experts to be brought to New Zealand to deliver lectures and/or participate in seminars relating to research and development.

A detailed budget is a pre-requisite to submit an application. 


Funding Amount and Time Frames

  • There are two granting rounds each year.  The first granting round takes place in February and the second granting round takes place in September.  
  • All applications must be completed online.
  • The current granting cycle is 4th February 2019 to 22nd February 2019.  
  • The length of the assessment process is dependent on the volume of applications and all applicants are notified of the decision. During the assessment period, trustees may request further clarification from the applicant regarding their application.


Regrettably, due to the number of applications received, we are unable to provide detailed feedback on unsuccessful applications. Please note the decision of the Trustee is final and not subject to any appeals process.



Click on the following grant button to start your application.

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