We invest in a broad range of research on issues important to New Zealand, and support the development of health research careers. Our mission is 'benefiting New Zealand through health research'.
Emerging Researcher First Grants
Emerging Researcher First Grants provide research funds for emerging researchers who are seeking to establish independent careers in health research
Research proposals should represent an independent research stream in which the applicant will undertake overall responsibility for the research. There is no salary component available and up to $250,000 is available over three years for research expenses.
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The rebuttal period for emerging researcher grant applicants in the 2017 funding round begins at 8am on 15 February 2017, and closes at 1pm on 28 February 2017.
Application dates for these grants in the HRC's 2018 funding round are now available below. Application forms and guidelines will be available closer to the application opening date. If you would like a copy of the 2017 forms for guidance, please contact us.
These grants support emerging researchers who are seeking to establish independent careers in health research and who have not previously held a competitive research grant for research expenses of $100,000 or more from any source (including institutional or internal funding). Each award is limited to up to $250,000 over three years for research expenses. Research proposals should represent an independent research stream, with the applicant able to undertake overall responsibility for the work to be completed. Contracts only provide research expenses so awardees require salary support from elsewhere.
Research Investment Stream information
The HRC’s investment framework includes four Research Investment Streams, each described in an Investment Signal. Project applicants must specify which Investment Signal their application responds to. The HRC is unable to advise applicants on which investment stream they should select for their proposal. Applicants should review the Investment Signals General Guidelines, Frequently Asked Questions document, and the Research Investment Stream signals below to guide application decisions:
21 July 2017 - 8:00am16 August 2017 - 1:00pm18 August 2017 - 5:00pm
- 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
- New Zealand Health Delivery - Improving health and disability service delivery outcomes over the short-to-medium term
- Rangahau Hauora Māori - Supporting Māori health research that upholds rangatiratanga and utilises and advances Māori health knowledge, resources and people