Our Pacific Health Projects support high-quality Pacific health research in priority areas that will contribute towards achieving better health outcomes for Pacific peoples, families, and communities. They also build the capability of early-to-mid career Pacific health researchers. Applications with a budget of between $0.6 million and $1.2 million are welcome, but a maximum of $0.4 million per year applies.
The first-named investigator (ie. lead researcher) on a Pacific Health Project application must be of indigenous Pacific descent, as well as based in New Zealand and employed with a New Zealand host organisation. Collaborating researchers from outside New Zealand can, at the HRC’s discretion, be included as named investigators on a HRC Pacific Health Project. 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 percent.
For more information about our contract requirements, please read the HRC rules document under 'Helpful links'.
Project funding has a two-stage application process. The first stage is registration, followed by the expression of interest (EOI) stage. Applicants submit an EOI which is then reviewed by an HRC assessing committee. Top-ranked applicants will be invited to submit a full application for the second stage of the process. The proposed research in the EOI must be substantially the same as that in the full application.
Please note the following main changes for the 2020 annual funding round application process:
- In the EOI application form, named investigators will need to indicate their FTE commitment by selecting one of three 'FTE bands': 3%-10% (low FTE); 11%-40% (medium FTE); or 41%-100% (high FTE). In the full application, a defined FTE value will need to be entered for each named investigator, and this value should fall within the band that was selected in the EOI application.
- In the full application, the milestones and objectives section is now included directly after the list of named investigators in the final PDF version.
Choosing a research investment stream
If you're applying for a Pacific Health Project, you'll need to specify which one of the following research investment streams your application applies to. We can't advise you on which research investment stream to choose. We highly recommend that you review the HRC's research investment streams document under 'Helpful links' to guide your decision.
The research investment streams for the Pacific Health Projects are:
- Health and wellbeing in New Zealand - Keeping populations healthy and independent throughout life
- Improving outcomes for acute and chronic conditions in New Zealand - Improving outcomes for people with illness or injury
Please note: For the 2020 annual funding round, funding for the New Zealand Health Delivery investment stream will be delayed and run out of cycle to the other investment streams.
Got a question?
If you have a question about this funding, please email our Manager of Pacific Research Investment, Ms Tolotea Lanumata, or phone Tolotea on 09 303 5224.
2020 Pacific Project Application Guidelines
31 May, 2019 8:20am - 405KB
2020 Peer Review Manual
29 Jul, 2019 10:37am - 1MB