Researcher initiated proposals

We award the majority of our funding through our annual contestable funding round to research ideas that come from researchers themselves.

A competitive process ensures that high quality and relevant research is supported across four research investment streams, which include biomedical, clinical, public health, health services, Māori health and Pacific health research sectors. We don't fund research that is not relevant to health outcomes or which is primarily operational or management focused.

Current funding

2020 Projects
Project funding is available for individuals or small research teams to address well-defined health research questions. Researchers should aim to make a significant improvement in, or develop knowledge that contributes to, health outcomes. Up to $1.2 million is available over three years for each successful proposal.

2020 ProgrammesRegistrations open
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.

2020 Feasibility StudiesRegistrations open
Feasibility Studies support research up to a maximum of $250,000 for two years in the fields of population health, clinical, Māori and Pacific health research (biomedical research excluded). They are intended to be for situations where there is already strong evidence to justify a full study, but where critical practical information is needed first to make the potential full study feasible.

2020 Emerging Researcher First GrantsRegistrations open
These grants support emerging researchers who are seeking to establish independent careers in health research. Up to a maximum of $250,000 for three years is available. 

2020 Explorer GrantsOpening soon
Researchers from any health discipline are invited to apply for one of the HRC’s Explorer Grants. Proposals must describe the transformative, innovative or exploratory aspects of the proposal and how it challenges conventional understanding in the field. Explorer Grants are worth $150,000 (research working expenses only) for a term of up to 24 months.