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'.
Programmes provide support for the long-term development of a research field by a group of established researchers with an outstanding track record of achievement
Collaborative research is encouraged, and programmes should have a strategic, long-term vision that will contribute to significant improvement in health outcomes. The HRC will offer programme contracts worth up to $5 million over five years.
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The rebuttal period for programme applicants in the 2017 funding round opens at 8am on 3 March 2017, and closes at 1pm on 13 March 2017. Result letters for these programmes will be sent to research offices on 2 June 2017.
Application dates for programmes 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.
Programmes normally require three or more established researchers who are responsible for the scientific direction and quality of the research. They should have an outstanding track record of achievement in health research, a successful funding history of peer-reviewed contracts, and the intention to provide support for emerging researchers. Applicant eligibility requirements are described in the most recent guidelines document. Salaries of researchers need not be funded by the HRC, but each researcher is expected to devote a substantial portion of time to the research programme.
Research Investment Stream information
The HRC’s investment framework includes four Research Investment Streams, each described in an Investment Signal. Programme proposals must specify a primary Research Investment Stream (any except New Zealand Health Delivery). However, proposals may demonstrate contribution to goals for more than one Research Investment Stream. The HRC is unable to advise applicants on which 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:
7 August 2017 - 8:00am11 October 2017 - 1:00pm13 October 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 knowledge, resources, and people