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'.
We allocate funding for researcher-initiated projects, Requests for Proposals and a range of career development awards.
The HRC supports research that has the potential to improve health outcomes and delivery of healthcare, and to produce economic gains for New Zealand.
We allocate the majority of funds through an annual funding round to independent research projects that are researcher initiated. Requests for Proposals are also issued when we wish to support research in a particular area. A range of awards are available to support the career development of emerging health researchers, and Māori and Pacific researchers.
Applying for funding?
If you intend to apply for funding, the HRC Rules set out the permissible use of research funding as well as the contractual requirements and processes. You may also find it useful to check out the HRC Research Contract and the latest Peer Review Manual, which sets out the overall assessment process and scoring system for each funding application type. You can find detailed information about each fund and how to apply (including application forms and guidelines) by following the links on this page. Please note that all applicants must use HRC Gateway to submit applications online.
The majority of HRC funding is awarded through the annual contestable funding round to research ideas that are researcher initiated. A competitive process ensures that high quality and relevant research is supported across four Research Investment Streams.View More
Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are calls for research in areas of strategic importance. They include, but are not limited to research that will contribute to an evidence-base for policy and planning. RFPs are released by the HRC as funding opportunities occur throughout the year. View More
Career development awards help to foster the health research workforce in New Zealand. A range of awards is available to support the career development of emerging health researchers, including Māori and Pacific health researchers undertaking postgraduate qualifications. View More
Māori health research is research that values Māori world views and builds Māori research capacity and leadership. View More
The primary role of Pacific health research is to generate knowledge and understanding of Pacific peoples that will improve their health outcomes. View More