We offer funding of up to $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 an HRC project contract, however, they can't receive direct funding support for 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 project funding under the Rangahau Hauora Māori research investment stream, you'll need to apply using the 2020 Rangahau Hauora Māori Project Full application form (RHM220F). For other research investment streams, please use the 2020 Project Full application form (GA220F).
Changes to 'impact' assessment to note
The below slideshow explains changes to the HRC's Research Impact assessment criterion, which has been revised for the 2020 Project and Programme funding rounds. We have also produced some feedback for applicants, which might be helpful. You can find a short summary here.
Additional reading: Research impact assessment slideshow notes
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 email@example.com and one of our team will be in touch.
Project form and guideline documents are expected to be available after the 24 May.