2022 Programmes

Programmes provide support for the long-term development of a health research field by a group of established investigators with an outstanding track record of achievement. They should have a strategic, long-term vision that will contribute to significantly improving health outcomes for New Zealanders. Up to $5 million is available over five years. Check out some of the past recipients of programme funding.

Eligibility criteria

If you're applying as the director (or co-director) of a HRC programme, you'll need to be employed by a New Zealand host organisation, have citizenship or permanent residency status in New Zealand, and set aside at least 20 per cent full-time equivalent (FTE) of your time on the programme. There are also a number of other specific requirements that you'll need to meet (see the 2022 Programme application guidelines for all the details). The HRC welcomes proposals from programme co-directors and acknowledges the range of leadership skills and experience required to optimise the potential impact of a programme grant. In this context the eligibility requirements apply to either of the two co-directors individually or combined (see the 2022 Programme application guidelines for further details).

Application process

If you're applying for programme funding, there's a one-stage application process. However, once received, the applications are assessed in several stages; applications are scored by external reviewers, assessed by a science assessing committee and short-listed applications are assessed by the programme assessing committee. If an application passes through these stages, it will then need final approval from a grant approval committee and the Health Research Council.

Choosing a research investment stream

Our investment framework is made up of four research investment streams. If you're applying for programme funding 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 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: the Health Delivery research investment stream is not listed above as it does not apply to programmes.

Māori Health Advancement

  • From the 2020 funding round, an additional scoring criterion was added for Programme 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.

'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

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 programme funding, send an email to Katie Palastanga, Research Investment Manager.



2022 Programme Application Guidelines
19 Aug, 2021 12:52pm - 421KB

Peer Review Manual
6 Sep, 2021 7:40am - 1.2MB


2022 Programme Application Form
9 Aug, 2021 8:06am - 764KB

2022 Programme Budget
21 Jul, 2021 9:25am - 43KB