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. There is a limit of two project applications per first-named investigator.
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 assessed and 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 2022 annual funding round application process:
For the 2022 funding round, the Māori Health Advancement score criterion is now equally weighted.
Choosing a research investment stream
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: The HRC’s annual funding round previously included a fourth investment stream focusing on New Zealand Health Delivery. However, this funding is now run out of cycle, to the opportunities utilising the above investment streams, and includes a range of different grant types in addition to project grants."
If you are applying for Project funding under the Rangahau Hauora Māori research investment stream, you'll need to apply using the 2022 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 2022 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
The below link provides more information and examples of how to incorporate this Māori Health Advancement (MHA) criterion in your research together with MHA guidelines.
Additional reading: 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.
2022 Project Expression of Interest Application Guidelines
28 May, 2021 11:04am - 379KB
2022 Rangahau Hauora Maori Project Expression of Interest Application Guidelines
2 Jun, 2021 8:32am - 430KB
Peer Review Manual
6 Sep, 2021 7:40am - 1.2MB
2022 Project Expression of Interest Form
27 May, 2021 9:07am - 784KB
2022 Rangahau Hauora Maori Project Expression of Interest form
1 Jun, 2021 4:36pm - 785KB