BeSTGRID started in 2006 as a Tertiary Education Commission Innovation and Development Fund Project 2006-2008, focusing on how to create an eResearch ecosystem for New Zealand. This initial project was completed successfully in March 2008. BeSTGRID carried on as a collegial community, providing leadership and coordinating operations of research infrastructure in New Zealand.
BeSTGRID was funded from early 2009 to June 2010 by the Ministry of Research Science & Technology (now the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) eResearch to further evolve the eResearch infrastructure in New Zealand, including specialised applications and services for both Geo and Bio sciences, and lower levels of middleware.
The project will publish several reports defining plans for implementation of these applications, services, and middleware, along with a final report to outline the current and possible future eResearch infrastructure strategies.