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.

This initiative aims to establish new and/or strengthen existing collaborations in biomedical sciences between Chinese and New Zealand researchers from universities and research institutions; foster breakthroughs in biomedical research that will advance the global development of science and technology, and promote mobility and career development of researchers within joint projects.

A total funding pool of $1,000,000 (exclusive of GST) is available for allocation. There are two separate funding opportunities available to apply for.

Stream one - Project: Funding partners invite applications for funding of up to $700,000 (fully-costed, exclusive of GST) and duration of up to three years for a research project. HRC funding will support the successful New Zealand project teams, and NSFC's funding will support the Chinese project teams in the same collaboration.

Stream two - Emerging Researcher First Grant: Emerging researchers are invited to apply for funding to facilitate collaborative research relationships with Chinese colleagues. Up to $100,000 is available for a duration of up to two years for emerging researchers (there are three available).

This RFP applies only to the New Zealand application process; Chinese researchers must consult with NSFC regarding their own separate application requirements and process.

It is anticipated that funding for one 3-year project and three 2-year emerging researcher collaborations will be available for a 1 December 2020 start date. The HRC's strong focus on peer review and contestability will ensure successful applicants deliver the highest-quality research outcomes.

Application process

Applicants are required to submit a Registration via HRC Gateway by 1pm, Wednesday 13 May 2020. A full application will then need to be submitted via HRC Gateway by 1pm, Wednesday 27 May 2020. More information is available in the Request for Proposals document and other documents below. NSFC Timeline: The deadline for online submission of full applications to NSFC is 4pm, 27 May 2020 (China Standard Time). Find out more at NFSC website for the Chinese RFP.

Got a question?

For more on the eligibility criteria and how to apply, please read the documents below. If you still have a question about this initiative, please contact Fiona Kenning, Research Investment Manager - International, or phone her on 09 303 5208.


Request for proposals

2020 HRC-NSFC Biomedical Collaboration Fund Request for Proposals
12 Mar, 2020 11:18am - 306KB


2020 HRC-NSFC Biomedical Collaboration Fund Assessment Criteria
12 Mar, 2020 10:50am - 147KB

2020 HRC-NSFC Biomedical Collaboration Fund Emerging Researcher Guidelines
12 Mar, 2020 11:26am - 425KB

2020 HRC-NSFC Biomedical Collaboration Fund Project Guidelines
11 Mar, 2020 11:24am - 403KB

Important dates

2020 8am
2020 1pm

Full applications
2020 8am
2020 1pm
Rebuttals Open
2020 8am
Rebuttals Close
2020 1pm
Results available