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'.
Projects are 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. The HRC offers contracts worth up to $400,000 per year, to a maximum contract value of $1.2M.
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The rebuttal period for project 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 project grants will be sent to research offices on 2 June 2017.
Application dates for the HRC's 2018 funding round are now available below. Please note that there is now a registration closing date for projects. 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.
The HRC uses a two-stage process to assess Projects. In the first stage, applicants register their interest and submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) application. Applicants who are selected to go through to the second round are invited to submit a full application. In the 2017 funding round, we also introduced Pacific Project grants.
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:
12 June 2017 - 8:00am12 July 2017 - 1:00pm19 July 2017 - 1:00pm21 July 2017 - 5:00pm3 October 2017 - 8:00am15 November 2017 - 1:00pm17 November 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