How to apply
Under 'Funding' in the HRC Gateway navigation bar above, you'll find a drop-down list of all our funding opportunities. Check out the information on the type of funding you wish to apply for (e.g. 2022 Projects listed under Researcher initiated proposals). These pages include a summary of the funding available, eligibility criteria, a brief description of the application process, and application opening and closing dates.
Guidelines and other documents
Next, read the guidelines for the funding type that you're looking at applying for to find more detailed information about the funding parameters, eligibility criteria, the requirements for submitting an application, and how we assess applications.
Read the various documents on this page, such as the HRC's rules document and peer review manual, to learn more about our contractual requirements and processes.
Determine if you need ethical approval for your research and, if so, where to apply. We believe that ethical approval is best sought before you submit an application to the HRC, but we accept that this may not always be possible. All HRC-funded research must have, where necessary, ethical approval from the appropriate regulatory agencies before the research begins though.
Start your application process on HRC Gateway. First, you'll need to create your application on HRC Gateway - and have it signed off by your research office. Please complete your online application at least several days before the HRC closing date to allow for your research office to process it.
If you have any questions about the HRC application process, please contact one of our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital signature options
Digital signature options for HRC contracts and variations
22 Sep, 2021 11:32am - 156KB
HRC research contract
This is the detailed contract that we use for applicants who are successful in gaining HRC funding.
14 Sep, 2021 12:56pm - 77KB
HRC research ethics guidelines
Research that uses animal or human participants, animal or human materials, personal information, or involves clinical trials, requires special consideration. This document provides guidance on what requires ethical approval and the approval process.
10 May, 2021 12:42pm - 639KB
This HRC rules document sets out the permissible use of HRC research funding and our contractual requirements and processes. If you're applying for any HRC funding, you should read these rules carefully.
26 Sep, 2019 7:12am - 225KB
Māori health advancement guidelines
Māori health advancement, in the context of health research funded by the HRC, is defined as positive contributions to, and improvements of, Māori health and wellbeing, and/or reduction in health inequity.
5 Aug, 2019 2:21pm - 604KB
Māori health research guidelines
These guidelines are designed for researchers undertaking biomedical, public health or clinical research involving Māori participants or research on issues relevant to Māori health.
22 Sep, 2017 3:50pm - 1.5MB
NZ standard CV template
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the HRC, the Royal Society of New Zealand, and the Heart Foundation use a common CV template, which can be used in all funding applications. It standardises the type of information asked for and eliminates the need for researchers to reformat their CV each time they apply to a different funder. Use this template if you're applying for HRC funding that requires a CV in the application.
6 Sep, 2017 12:11pm - 30KB
Pacific health research guidelines
The main purpose of this document is to provide a guide for HRC-funded health research that involves Pacific populations residing in New Zealand.
22 Sep, 2017 4:40pm - 1.8MB