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. Up to $600,000 for a three-year term (or pro rata for a shorter period) is available.
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 co-investigators on an HRC Pacific project, however, they can't receive direct funding support for their time or institutional costs.
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.
Choosing a research investment stream
Our investment framework is made up of four research investment streams. If you're applying for a Pacific health project, you'll need to specify which research investment stream 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.
Our research investment streams 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
- New Zealand health delivery - Improving health and disability service delivery outcomes over the short-to-medium term
- Rangahau hauora Māori - Supporting Māori health research that upholds rangatiratanga and uses and advances Māori health knowledge, resources and people
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.