Our Explorer Grants provide seed support for researchers with transformative, innovative, exploratory or unconventional research ideas that have a good chance of making a revolutionary change to how we manage health in Aotearoa New Zealand. These grants are available in any health-related field (e.g. clinical, kaupapa Māori, Pacific health, basic, behavioural, social, public health, and translational sciences) and are worth $150,000 for a term of up to 24 months.
Your principal domicile and place of employment must be Aotearoa New Zealand to be eligible for a 2024 Explorer Grant. This requirement applies to all first named investigators. Your application must also have the support of your host institution.
There is a limit of 2 Explorer Grant applications per first named investigators.
You can find more information about our eligibility criteria in the application guidelines document below.
How do I apply?
First, you’ll need to ensure that you have an up-to-date profile on HRC Gateway. You will then need to complete an online registration form via HRC Gateway to signal your intention to apply for a 2024 Explorer Grant. Following registration, you’ll need to submit a full application online via HRC Gateway using the 2024 Explorer Grant Application Form. Both the application form and application guidelines are available below.
There are four Explorer Grant categories to choose from (you must select one):
- Rangahau Hauora Māori – supporting Māori health research that upholds rangatiratanga and uses and advances Māori knowledge, resources and people.
- Pacific – making significant improvements in, or developing knowledge contributing to, Pacific health outcomes.
- Health Delivery – having the potential to directly inform changes to health delivery policy, practice or systems, and demonstrating a clear connection to a healthcare need.
- General – supporting excellent ideas and innovations proposed by researchers, designed to improve health and wellbeing outcomes, equitably, for New Zealanders.
Your application will be assessed by subpanels within the HRC’s Explorer Grant Assessing Committee to see if it meets the criteria of being both transformative, viable, and advancing Māori health. Unlike with any of our other grants, the assessment process for Explorer Grant applications is anonymous and all applications that meet the criteria are equally eligible to receive funding. A random number generator prioritises these applications.
Important points to note
Guidance on the Māori Health Advancement (MHA) assessment criterion and examples of how to incorporate this in your research can be found here: Māori Health Advancement.
The description of Māori health advancement should be considered relative to the scope and context of an Explorer Grant. In particular, consider how this is framed given the anonymised nature of the explorer grants and that information on who is involved on the research team, and/or who key relationships are with won’t be able to be provided.
Got a question?
If you’ve read through the documents below and under the ‘Helpful links’ section on the right and still have a question about our Explorer Grants, please send an email to email@example.com and one of our team will be in touch. Alternatively, you can phone us on (09) 303 5200.
2024 Explorer Grant Application Guidelines
19 Sep, 2023 4:59pm - 374KB
2024 Peer Review Manual
4 Dec, 2023 5:45pm - 417KB