2020 COVID-19 New Zealand Rapid Response Research RFP

The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) and the Ministry of Health have invested in a rapid research response fund to support a range of research projects that will address New Zealand’s evidence needs in relation to the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat, while also contributing to global COVID-19 efforts.

Two distinct funding opportunities are available:

  • 2020 COVID-19 New Zealand Rapid Response Research (Request for Proposals)
  • 2020 COVID-19 and Emerging Infectious Diseases Grant (Researcher-initiated proposals)

This page contains information to apply for the 2020 COVID-19 New Zealand Rapid Response Research RFP. To apply for the COVID-19 and Emerging Infectious Diseases Grant, please see the 2020 COVID-19 and Emerging Infectious Diseases Grant.

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is jointly funded by the HRC and Ministry of Health. It aims to fund research that immediately responds to the COVID-19 threat and strengthens New Zealand’s response and readiness to this 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.

The objectives and scope of this funding initiative, including the government’s research areas of interest, are outlined in the RFP document. Research should be informed by the principles of Te Tiriti O Waitangi, and careful consideration should be given to the potential impact of research on health equity and at-risk groups.

Proposals are invited from all fields of health and social science to respond to the RFP objectives. Research should be able to commence rapidly and detail how early and valuable findings will be disseminated for use by the Ministry of Health and/or other agencies.

A funding pool of $1 million (exclusive of GST) is available. The funding partners expect to fund multiple projects across a range of values within this funding pool. Proposals with a duration of up to 6 months are invited. The funding partners retain discretion to fund exemplary proposals with a duration of up to 12 months and/or up to $500,000, where warranted.

Eligibility criteria

If you're the first-named investigator (i.e. lead researcher) on an 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 named investigators on an HRC contract. However, the HRC will not contribute to the overhead of the overseas investigator, and the total proportion of contract budget allocated to overseas investigators must not exceed 20 per cent.

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

Application process

We advise applicants to carefully choose the most suitable COVID-19 funding opportunity for their proposed research, with consideration to how and when research findings could be disseminated and applied.

If you’re applying for funding through this RFP, you’ll need to submit a registration via HRC Gateway. You’ll then need to complete an application using the 2020 COVID-19 NZ Rapid Response Research Application Form. You will also need to complete the 2020 COVID-19 Budget. Applications are submitted via HRC Gateway and two hard copies 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 2020 COVID-19 NZ Rapid Response Research RFP, please contact:

  • Fiona Kenning, Research Investment Manager, Research Partnerships 09 303 5208 or fkenning@hrc.govt.nz
  • Scott Aitken, Research Investment Manager, Research Partnerships 09 282 4135 or saitken@hrc.govt.nz.

Documents

Request for proposals

2020 COVID-19 NZ Rapid Response RFP
2 Mar, 2020 9:24am - 299KB

Guidelines

2020 COVID-19 NZ Rapid Response Research Application Guidelines
2 Mar, 2020 9:24am - 448KB