2020 COVID-19 Equity Response

This initiative is aimed at ensuring that equity in health and wellbeing is at the centre of Aotearoa New Zealand’s preparedness for, and response to, current and future infectious disease threats.

Research funded through this call will contribute to the development of policy, services, and practice that ensures equitable health and wellbeing outcomes for our diverse communities during outbreaks of infectious diseases, epidemics, and pandemics.

Two distinct funding opportunities are available:

Community Action Grants
These are intended to support communities to partner with experienced health researchers to investigate a well-defined area of health and wellbeing need identified or anticipated in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The maximum value of this grant is $250,000 (exclusive of GST) over a duration of 12 months.

Project Grants
These are intended to support Aotearoa New Zealand’s capacity and capability to respond to COVID-19 and future infectious disease threats, with a clear line of sight to how the research will drive reduction in inequities in health and wellbeing. The maximum value of this grant is $1,000,000 (exclusive of GST) over a duration of 24 months.

The scope of research is broad, with applications encouraged across all disciplines that are relevant to health and wellbeing, including the social sciences and humanities.

A funding pool of $8.3 million (exclusive of GST) is available. This includes $3.3 million (exclusive of GST) for research that is Māori-led and intended to support equitable health and wellbeing outcomes for Māori. Within this funding pool, the HRC expects to fund multiple proposals, across the two funding opportunities.

Eligibility criteria

If you are the first named investigator (i.e. lead researcher) on an application, you must be based in Aotearoa New Zealand and be employed with a New Zealand host organisation.

Collaborating researchers from outside Aotearoa New Zealand can, at the HRC’s discretion, be included as named investigators on an HRC contract. However, the HRC will not contribute to the overhead of the overseas investigator, and the total proportion of contract budget allocated to overseas investigators must not exceed 20%.

For more information about our contract requirements, please read the HRC Rules document under 'Helpful links'.

Application process

Applicants will need to submit a registration via HRC Gateway. You’ll then need to complete an application using the 2020 COVID-19 Equity Response Community Action Grant Application Form or 2020 COVID-19 Equity Response Project Grant Application Form. You will also need to complete the 2020 COVID-19 Equity Response Budget. Applications are submitted via HRC Gateway.

Investment stream

This call includes two investment streams:

Rangahau Hauora Māori: for Māori-led proposals that support equity of health and wellbeing outcomes for Māori in our preparedness for, and response to, current and future infectious disease threats.

General: for proposals that support equity of health and wellbeing outcomes in our preparedness for, and response to, current and future infectious disease threats.

When registering your application, you will need to specify which investment stream you are applying to. The Community Action Grant and Project Grant funding opportunities are available through both investment streams.

Got a question?

For more on the funding call and how to apply, please read the documents below and the ‘How to apply for HRC funding’ section under ‘Helpful links’. If you still have a question about the 2020 COVID-19 Equity Response Call for Proposals, please contact:

Stacey Pene, Director, Māori and Equity, at 09 303 5225 or spene@hrc.govt.nz

Le-Shan Pomana-Wesley, Assistant Research Investment Manager, Māori Health Research Investment at 09 303 5205 or lpomana-wesley@hrc.govt.nz.

Documents

Request for proposals

2020 COVID-19 Equity Response Call for Proposals
3 Aug, 2020 4:04pm - 372KB

Guidelines

2020 COVID-19 Equity Response Community Action Grant Application Guidelines
3 Aug, 2020 4:04pm - 478KB

2020 COVID-19 Equity Response Project Grant Application Guidelines
3 Aug, 2020 4:03pm - 501KB