The HRC is the Crown agency responsible for managing the Government’s investment in health research. Our mission is ‘benefiting New Zealand through health research’, with a vision of improved health and quality of life for all.

The HRC is responsible to the Minister of Health, and its major funding agreement is through the Minister of Business, Innovation and Employment. The Health Research Council Act 1990 established our statutory functions as: 

  • advising the Minister and administering funds in relation to national health research policy
  • fostering the recruitment, education, training, and retention of those engaged in health research in New Zealand
  • initiating and supporting health research
  • undertaking consultation to establish priorities in health research
  • promoting and disseminating the results of health research to encourage their contribution to health science, policy and delivery, and
  • ensuring the development and application of appropriate assessment standards by committees or subcommittees that assess health research proposals

Our goals:

The HRC Strategic Plan is aligned with the goals and priorities of both Vote Health, and Vote Science and Innovation. It is currently being revised following the outcomes of the Strategic Refresh of the HRC (PDF, 1.39mb).

Our Statement of Intent

The Statement of Intent (PDF, 1.64mb) details our strategic direction and desired outcomes over the medium-term and provides performance indicators to measure our progress.

Annual reports

Our annual reports describe our financial and service performance over the past year.

The Strategic Plan for Māori Health Research

Ngā Pou Rangahau - The Strategic Plan for Māori Health Research 2010 – 2015 (PDF, 1.16mb) sets out our vision for Māori health research.