Requests for proposals

Requests for proposals (RFPs) usually focus on key priority areas and are often intended to support targeted, outcome-focused research. The majority of RFPs are issued through our Partnership programme.

Current funding

2020 Achieving Equitable Access to Medicines RFPApplications open
The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) and PHARMAC formed a partnership in 2016 to support innovative research and advance the strategic objectives of both organisations. The funding partners invite applications for funding of up to $218,500 (exclusive of GST) for 24-month projects and for funding of up to $109,250 (exclusive of GST) for 12-month projects.

2020 NZ and China (NSFC) COVID-19 Collaboration FundApplications open
The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) have established this funding initiative to address the global threat of COVID-19 and to support the development of collaborative research relationships between the two countries. HRC has a fund of $1,000,000 (exclusive of GST) available for allocation to New Zealand-based researchers.

2020 Maternity Services Research Request for ProposalsApplications open
The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) and the Ministry of Health (Ministry) have formed this funding initiative to invest in health research that will contribute evidence to help achieve equitable maternal and infant health outcomes. Two separate funding opportunities are available to apply for: Research projects and Knowledge translation grants. Both opportunities will be funded within a total funding pool of $1.5 million (exclusive of GST). The funding partners expect to fund a portfolio of research project and knowledge translation grants at a range of values within this funding pool. Proposals with a maximum duration of 2 years are invited.

Recent funding

2020 ACC-HRC Achieving equity for ageing Māori RFP
The Health Research Council of New Zealand and the Accident Compensation Corporation have formed a partnership to invest in research that will address inequity in the healthcare system and contribute to improved health outcomes for ageing Māori. A funding pool of $1.5 million is available to fund research projects of up to 24 months duration.

2020 Breast Cancer Research in New Zealand Partnership
The Health Research Council, Breast Cancer Cure and Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand established the Breast cancer research in New Zealand initiative to fund innovative research into breast cancer in New Zealand. Up to $250,000 is available over two years for each project.

2020 COVID-19 New Zealand Rapid Response Research RFP
The HRC and Ministry of Health are seeking to fund high-quality research that immediately responds to the COVID-19 outbreak threat. The focus is on research that can provide actionable evidence in the short-term (within 3 - 6 months) to inform the Ministry of Health and/or other agencies involved in the all-of-government COVID-19 response.

2020 HRC-NSFC Biomedical Collaboration Fund
The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) have established a funding initiative to support the development of collaborative research relationships between the two countries. A total funding pool of $1,000,000 (exclusive of GST) is available for allocation, with opportunities to apply for Project funding or an Emerging Researcher First Grant.

2020 National Breast Cancer Register
The HRC and Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand (BCFNZ) formed a joint research initiative to fund research that leverages the BCFNZ's investment in the Breast Cancer Foundation National Register. Up to $200,000 is available over two years per proposal.

2020 NZ-China Biomedical Research Alliance
The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) is seeking applications from New Zealand-based researchers (individuals or teams) with demonstrated collaborations and linkages with China-based researchers. Funding of up to $405,000 (exclusive of GST) is available for one research project, over three years.

2020 HRC Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases Cancer Call
The Health Research Council of New Zealand is seeking applications for implementation research for the primary and/or secondary prevention of cancer within Māori and/or Pacific populations, as part of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases’ (GACD) joint call. A total funding pool of $2,000,000 is available. This initiative is supported by the Ministry of Health and the Cancer Control Agency.

2020 e-ASIA Joint Research Program
The e-ASIA JRP initiates and supports multilateral joint research programmes in the East Asian region. It aims to develop a vibrant and collaborative research community in science and technology; promote innovation in the East Asian region; and contribute to the region’s economic development.

2020 Enhancing New Zealand’s Clinical Trials RFP
The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) have formed a funding initiative to facilitate the development of a sustainable, nationally coordinated and equitable clinical trials enterprise in New Zealand. A maximum funding of up to $800,000 is available.

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. The maximum value of this grant is $1,000,000 for each Project Grant and $250,000 for each Community Action Grant.

2020 PDH-HRC Postdoctoral Fellowships
Precision Driven Health (PDH) and the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) have formed a joint funding initiative to help foster the health research workforce of New Zealand and support innovative research through the provision of postdoctoral fellowships. Funding of up to $240,000 (exclusive of GST) is available per postdoctoral fellowship, for a duration of up to two years.