We offer funding of between $250,000 and a maximum of $1.2 million for research projects that have the potential to vastly improve our health system and the health of New Zealanders. Projects can cover a diverse range of areas, from biomedical and public health to clinical studies and Māori-focused research. Most projects have a term of three years, but we can negotiate terms of up to five years. Check out some of the past recipients of project funding.
If you're the first-named investigator (i.e. lead researcher) on a project 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 project contract, however, they can't receive direct funding support for their time or institutional costs.
For more information about our contract requirements, please read the HRC rules document under 'Helpful links'.
Project funding has a two-stage application process. The first stage is registration, followed by the expression of interest (EOI) stage. Applicants submit an EOI which is then reviewed by an HRC assessing committee. Top-ranked applicants will be invited to submit a full application for the second stage of the process. The proposed research in the EOI must be substantially the same as that in the full application.
Choosing a research investment stream
Our investment framework is made up of four research investment streams. If you're applying for a project you need to specify which research investment stream your application applies to. We can't advise you on which research investment stream to choose. We highly recommend that you review the HRC's research investment streams 2017/2018 document under 'Helpful links' to guide your decision. Our research investment streams are:
- Health and wellbeing in New Zealand - Keeping populations healthy and independent throughout life
- Improving outcomes for acute and chronic conditions in New Zealand - Improving outcomes for people with illness or injury
- New Zealand health delivery - Improving health and disability service delivery outcomes over the short-to-medium term
- Rangahau hauora Māori - Supporting Māori health research that upholds rangatiratanga and uses and advances Māori health knowledge, resources, and people
Please note: If you're applying for full project funding under the rangahau hauora Māori research investment stream, you'll need to apply using the 2018 Full rangahau hauora Māori project application form (see documents below). For all other research investment streams, please use the 2018 Full project application form (GA218F).
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 project funding, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our team will be in touch.