Māori health research

Māori health research values Māori worldviews and builds Māori research capacity and leadership. It should build an evidence base that contributes to Māori health gains, derived from high-quality Māori health research that upholds rangatiratanga and uses and advances Māori knowledge, resources, and people. All of our HRC research investment streams, in particular the Rangahau Hauora Māori stream, are open to Māori health research and researchers. We also have a number of career development awards available to specifically support the development and dissemination of Māori health research.

Current & recent requests for proposals funding

2022 Whakamaua and Achieving Pae Ora for Māori
The Ministry of Health (the Ministry) and the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) have formed a funding initiative to invest in an independent research project centred on Whakamaua: Māori Health Action Plan 2020-2025 (Whakamaua), that will directly inform implementation, progress and direction of Whakamaua throughout its duration, and support pae ora for Māori. A funding pool of $1.5 million (exclusive of GST) is available to fund an independent Māori-led research team to deliver the objectives set out in the RFP, throughout the five-year duration of Whakamaua.

Current & recent career development awards funding

2022 Māori Health Clinical Research Training Fellowships
Our Māori Health Clinical Research Training Fellowships provide an opportunity for Māori medical, dental and allied health professionals, who have a current clinical role, to undertake a PhD or equivalent qualification. A maximum of $260,000 is available.

2022 Māori Health Research Development Grants
These development grants support Māori health researchers in developing a project proposal that will be submitted in our annual contestable funding round. Up to $10,000 is available.

2022 Māori Health Research Knowledge Translation Grants
Our knowledge translation grants are available for dissemination of research that key stakeholders (for example, iwi, community, health providers, Ministry of Health, Te Puni Kōkiri) have identified as important for future use, including policy and health service development. Up to $5,000 is available.

2022 Māori Health Research Summer Studentships
Our summer studentships are designed to introduce research to students studying health-related courses, and for those who would like to be involved in a Māori health research project over the summer vacation. Summer studentships are worth $5,000.

2022 Māori Rangahau Hauora Training Grant
This award is intended for Māori active in their community, and with no prior research training, to undertake practical research training on a large research project. The award is worth $12,000 for up to six months research training.

2022 Māori Health Research Masters Scholarships
These scholarships are available for Māori students undertaking the research component of their master's degrees. The total value of the scholarships is $20,000 stipend + tuition fees + $1,600 tikanga allowance for a term of one year full-time or a maximum of two years part-time.

2022 Māori Health Research PhD Scholarships
The Scholarship provides three years of personal support of up to $30,000 per annum, plus course fees, up to $10,000 in total research working expenses and a $5,000 tikanga allowance for outstanding graduate students in any discipline whose proposed research programme is relevant to health.

2022 Māori Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowships
Our Māori postdoctoral fellowships provide a salary, up to $100,000 research working expenses, a tikanga allowance and an annual conference allowance for outstanding graduates who have recently completed a doctoral degree and propose to conduct health research in New Zealand (with an option to also study for part of the fellowship overseas). The term of the fellowships is up to four years full-time.