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'.
Feasibility Studies in population health or clinical research provide support to test feasibility issues affecting a planned, larger study
Feasibility Study applications might address appropriate choice of methodologies, the likelihood of obtaining valid results, or acceptability in a population. The topic, aims and scope of the larger study must be identified. Biomedical research studies are not eligible for Feasibility Study contracts. Up to $250,000 is available over 2 years.
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Application dates for 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.
Did you apply for a feasibility study grant in the 2017 funding round? Results letters for these grants will be sent out to research offices on 15 March 2017.
Feasibility Studies are appropriate when there is strong evidence to justify a larger study, and where the nature and structure of the study is known, but where critical practical information is needed to make the potential study clearly fundable. For example, a feasibility study might be useful to generate a robust estimate of the potential effect size, the variation between groups, a sustainable recruitment rate, or the real-world incidence rate of a condition. The goal is not to determine whether the main study will 'work' but whether it is feasible to undertake the study in the first place. The fund does not support small stand-alone studies, pilot studies or the general development of a research area.
Research Investment Stream Information
The HRC’s investment framework includes four Research Investment Streams, each described in an Investment Signal. 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:
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- 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