2019 Pharmac And HRC Research Partnership

We have formed a joint research initiative with Pharmac to support innovative research and advance the strategic objectives of both organisations. This partnership will augment Pharmac's focus on securing best health outcomes from pharmaceuticals (including obtaining value from new and existing treatments), and build on the HRC's investment to strengthen the use of research evidence to improve New Zealand’s health system.

Both funding partners anticipate that successful research projects will target one or more of the following research priority areas. The request for proposals (RFP) priority areas listed reflect key challenges facing Pharmac and the New Zealand health sector where research could make an important contribution.

  • improving pharmaceutical adherence
  • improving optimal use of pharmaceuticals
  • measuring the impact of Pharmac's decisions on health outcomes
  • improving the value for money from currently funded pharmaceuticals

A total funding pool of approximately $427,500 (exclusive of GST) is available. We invite applications for funding of up to $213,750 (exclusive of GST) and duration of up to 24 months. However, the full $427,500 may be provided to one exceptional proposal.

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 the 2019 Pharmac and HRC research partnership application form and budget. Full applications are submitted via HRC Gateway and a hardcopy sent to the HRC. More information is available in the requests for proposals document.

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 Pharmac and HRC research partnership, please email Isabella Cheung, Research Investment Manager, or phone Isabella on 09 280 3860.


Request for proposals

2019 PHARMAC and HRC research partnership RFP
25 Sep, 2018 12:29pm - 315KB


2018 Partnerships peer review manual
21 Sep, 2018 8:20am - 531KB

2019 PHARMAC and HRC research partnership application guidelines
25 Sep, 2018 12:31pm - 456KB

Important dates

2018 8am
2018 1pm

Full applications
2018 8am
2018 1pm
Hard copy @ HRC
2018 5pm
Results available