We offer funding of up to $1,200,000 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 are 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 named investigators on a HRC Project 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 percent.
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.
Please note the following main changes for the 2021 annual funding round application process:
For the 2021 funding round, an additional scoring criterion has been added for Projects assessment, Māori Health Advancement.
In the EOI application form, named investigators will need to indicate their FTE commitment by selecting one of three 'FTE bands': 3%-10% (low FTE); 11%-40% (medium FTE); or 41%-100% (high FTE). In the full application, a defined FTE value will need to be entered for each named investigator, and this value should fall within the band that was selected in the EOI application.
In the full application, the milestones and objectives section is now included directly after the list of named investigators in the final PDF version.
Choosing a research investment stream
Our investment framework is made up of four research investment streams. If you are applying for a Project you need to specify which research investment stream your application applies to. We cannot advise you on which research investment stream to choose. We highly recommend that you review the HRC's research investment streams 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
Rangahau Hauora Māori - Supporting Māori health research that upholds rangatiratanga and uses and advances Māori health knowledge, resources, and people
“Please note: For the 2021 annual funding round, funding for the New Zealand Health Delivery investment stream will run out of cycle to the other investment streams."
If you are applying for Project funding under the Rangahau Hauora Māori research investment stream, you'll need to apply using the 2021 Rangahau Hauora Māori Project EOI and full application forms. For the Health and Wellbeing and the Improving Outcomes for Acute and Chronic Conditions research investment streams, please use the 2021 Project EOI application form.
'Pathway to impact' assessment
The below link provides information on the HRC's Research Impact assessment criterion for the Project and Programme funding rounds. We have also produced some feedback for applicants, which might be helpful.
Additional reading: Research impact assessment slideshow notes
Māori Health Advancement
For the 2021 funding round, an additional scoring criterion has been added for Projects assessment: Māori Health Advancement.
For more information and examples of how to incorporate this criterion in your research please follow the link Māori Health Advancement.
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.
2021 Project Application Guidelines
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2021 Rangahau Hauora Māori Project Application Guidelines
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2021 Projects Expression of Interest Scoring Criteria
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Peer Review Manual
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2021 Project Expression of Interest Form
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2021 Rangahau Hauora Maori Project Expression of Interest Form
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