2019 MSD-HRC Research RFP

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

The funding partners are seeking to fund research that will provide:

  • Evidence of effective early intervention practice, that MSD and/or others in the social sector can implement, to respond to people who develop health conditions or disability while in work, with a goal of preventing a loss of connection to the labour market and to promote overall wellbeing; and
  • An implementation framework that MSD and/or others can use to trial and evaluate new approaches that assist people to remain connected to work when managing health conditions or disability.

There are two separate funding opportunities available to apply for:

Project: the funding partners invite applications for project funding of up to $1.2 million (fully-costed, exclusive of GST) and maximum duration of two years. 

Māori Mental Health Research Emerging Leader Fellowship: mid-career researchers who have completed four to eight years of postdoctoral research, and have a demonstrated track record and potential for leadership in Māori mental health, are invited to apply for funding of up to $300,000 (exclusive of GST) for salary, salary associated costs and research expenses. The duration of the fellowship is up to two years.

It is anticipated that the contracted project and fellowship will begin as soon as practicable, with funding available for an immediate start following notification of outcomes in August 2019.

The proposed research must be within the scope of this initiative as specified in the Request for Proposals (RFP) document and must realistically be able to be completed within two years.

Please note that the project and fellowship grants for this RFP intend to support different research. As such, applicants should avoid submitting both a project and a fellowship application for the same proposed research.

Eligibility criteria

If you're the first-named investigator (i.e. lead researcher) on a partnership application, you must be 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 a HRC partnership contract, however they can't receive funding support for their institutional costs.

For more information about our contract requirements, please read the HRC rules document under 'Helpful links'.

Application process

If you’re applying for funding through this partnership you’ll need to submit a registration via HRC Gateway. You’ll then need to complete a full application using either the 2019 MSD-HRC Research RFP project application form or 2019 MSD-HRC Research RFP fellowship application form depending on which funding opportunity you are applying for. You will also need to complete a 2019 MSD-HRC Research RFP project budget form or 2019 MSD-HRC Research RFP fellowship budget form. Full applications are submitted via HRC Gateway and two hardcopies sent to the HRC.

Got a question?

If you’ve read through the documents below and the ‘How to apply for HRC funding’ section under ‘Helpful links’ and still have a question about the 2019 MSD-HRC research RFP, please email Scott Aitken, Research Investment Manager, or phone Scott on 09 282 4135.


Request for proposals

2019 MSD-HRC research RFP
29 Jan, 2019 10:22am - 495KB


2019 MSD-HRC research RFP fellowship application guidelines
29 Jan, 2019 8:42am - 474KB

2019 MSD-HRC research RFP project application guidelines
29 Jan, 2019 8:42am - 518KB

2019 MSD-HRC research RFP peer review guidelines
25 Jan, 2019 2:39pm - 367KB

Important dates

2019 8am
2019 1pm

Full applications
2019 8am
2019 1pm
Hard copy @ HRC
2019 5pm
Rebuttals Open
2019 8am
Rebuttals Close
2019 1pm
Results available