IRANZ (Independent Research Association, NZ) has issued a timely reminder to Hon Dr Megan Woods, incoming Minister of Research Innovation and Science on the role of IRANZ and the IROs (Independent Research Organisations) they represent.

IROs are a vital part of New Zealand’s research, science and innovation (RSI) ecosystem and increase its diversity. They have a variety of community, philanthropic, and industry ownership models that are not government owned. IROs provide important targeted research and expertise in specific economic, environmental, and social areas not adequately covered by CRIs and universities. IROs are frequently part of “the best teams” required for important research programmes.

LASRA is identified as part of the Primary Processing, Food Safety, and the Environment – Ahuwhenua IRO grouping.