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 NZ-China Biomedical Research AllianceRegistrations open
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.

2019 MSD-HRC Māori Mental Health Research RFP
The HRC and Ministry of Social Development (MSD) are seeking to fund high-quality research which will identify and evaluate new approaches that assist New Zealanders to remain connected to work when managing health conditions or disability. The funding partners invite applications for funding of up to $300,000 for a Maori Mental Health Research Emerging Leader Fellowship.

2019 HRC and CatWalk Trust partnership
The HRC and CatWalk Trust have formed a partnership to fund research in spinal cord injury. The total budget for this research initiative is $476,190 and the funding available per proposal is up to a maximum of $238,095 over three years (fully-costed, exclusive of GST).

2019 e-Asia Joint Research Programme
The e-Asia Joint Research Programme (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. In partnership with the e-Asia JRP, the HRC has $450,000 over three years available for one research project in the field of infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, or cancer..

2019 WorkSafe-HRC Research RFP
The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) and WorkSafe New Zealand (WorkSafe) have formed a funding initiative to support high-quality research and advance the strategic objectives of both organisations.

2019 MSD-HRC Research RFP
The HRC and Ministry of Social Development (MSD) are seeking to fund high-quality research which will identify and evaluate new approaches that assist New Zealanders to remain connected to work when managing health conditions or disability. The funding partners invite applications for project funding of up to $1.2 million and a duration of up to two years, and funding of up to $300,000 for a Maori Mental Health Research Emerging Leader Fellowship.

2019 Breast Cancer Register Partnership
The HRC and Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand (BCFNZ) formed a joint research initiative to fund research that leverages the BCFNZ’s investment in New Zealand’s breast cancer registers. Up to $200,000 is available over two years per proposal.

2019 Breast Cancer Research In New Zealand Partnership
The HRC, 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 a Project or Fellowship.

2019 HRC-NSFC Biomedical Research Fund
The 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.

2019 Pharmac And HRC Research Partnership
We have joined together with Pharmac to form a joint research initiative that supports innovative research and advances the strategic objectives of both organisations. This is the second request for proposals. Funding of up to $427,500 is available.