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'.
Māori Health Research
Māori health research is research that values Māori worldviews and builds Māori research capacity and leadership.
It is research which contributes to He Korowai Oranga (Ministry of Health, 2002) and to the Hauora theme of Vision Mātauranga. Māori health research is expected to build an evidence base which contributes to Māori health gains, derived from high-quality Māori health research that upholds rangatiratanga and uses and advances Māori knowledge, resources and people.
View a glossary of common Māori words used in a health context.
Career Development Awards
The HRC has a number of scholarships and fellowships available designed to foster the Māori health research workforce:
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Application dates for these awards 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 or have any questions about these awards, please contact Stacey Pene, (09) 303 5225.
Researcher Initiated Proposals – The HRC invests annually in researcher initiated proposals in a wide variety of areas that meet the goals of four Research Investment Streams. All streams, in particular the Rangahau Hauora Māori stream, are open to Māori health research and researchers. The HRC also has grants available to specifically support the development and dissemination of Māori health research:
If you are a recipient of a HRC Māori Health Research grant and are eligible for a tikanga allowance, you can download a tikanga allowance claim form here.
Requests for Proposals – The Ngā Kanohi Kitea Community Grants funding initiative provides an opportunity for iwi, hapū and community groups to investigate a well-defined area of Māori health need or gain.
International Collaborative Indigenous Health Research Partnership – The HRC has partnered with the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia to support research in the area of indigenous peoples' health. Applicants should also look at all the other available HRC Request for Proposals and occasionally, RFPs focusing on the health of Māori are issued through our Partnership Programme.
The HRC also administers the Preventing and Minimising Gambling Harm Career Development Awards (Māori and Pacific populations in New Zealand), which are funded by the Ministry of Health.
Summer Studentships are designed to introduce research to students studying health-related courses, and for those who would like to be involved in a Māori health research project over the summer vacation. Students should have a suitable supervisor over the tenure of the award (ten weeks). Summer Studentships are worth $5,000.1 June 2017 - 8:00am14 July 2017 - 1:00pm18 July 2017 - 5:00pm
This award is intended for Māori active in their community, and with no prior research training, to undertake practical research training on a large research project. The award is worth $12,000 for up to six months research training.1 June 2017 - 8:00am14 July 2017 - 1:00pm18 July 2017 - 5:00pm
The HRC is administering the Preventing and Minimising Gambling Harm Career Development Awards, which are funded by the Ministry of Health. Applicants are invited to apply for Masters and Postdoctoral awards to support the career development of emerging health researchers seeking to prevent and minimise gambling-related harm for Māori and Pacific populations in New Zealand. Applicants focusing on Māori populations can apply for these awards using the standard HRC Māori career development forms (Masters, Postdoctoral).
Award components: Stipend of $10,000; course fees up to $10,000; working expenses of $1,600
Term of award: 1 year
Number of awards available: 1
Award components: Stipend and working expenses up to a total of $410,000
Term of award: 4 years
Number of awards available: 1
1 June 2017 - 8:00am14 July 2017 - 1:00pm18 July 2017 - 5:00pm
Podiatrist Steve York (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) was awarded a HRC Māori Health Research Master’s Scholarship to undertake a nationally focused observational study on mortality outcomes for Māori following diabetes-related amputations. Read more about Steve's journey into research.
The Masters Scholarship provides $10,000 personal support, plus course fees and a tikanga allowance to a Māori student undertaking the research component of their Masters degree.1 June 2017 - 8:00am14 July 2017 - 1:00pm18 July 2017 - 5:00pm
The PhD Scholarship provides three years of personal support of up to $25,000 per annum, plus course fees up to $10,000 in total research working expenses and a tikanga allowance, for outstanding graduate students in any discipline whose proposed research programme for a PhD is relevant to health.1 June 2017 - 8:00am14 July 2017 - 1:00pm18 July 2017 - 5:00pm
The postdoctoral fellowship provides a salary, up to $100,000 research working expenses, a tikanga allowance and an annual conference allowance for outstanding graduates who have recently completed a doctoral degree and propose to conduct health research in New Zealand (with an option to also to study for part of the fellowship overseas). Duration is up to four years fulltime. These are awarded in the form of the following named postdoctoral fellowships:
Irihapeti Ramsden Research Fellowship in Māori Health
This postdoctoral fellowship honours the work of Dr Irihapeti Ramsden and her contribution to the field of nursing and cultural safety. It provides a salary for an emerging leader in Māori health research with a PhD or equivalent to undertake clinical or medical research with a focus on Māori nursing.
Erihapeti Rehu-Murchie Research Fellowship in Māori Health
The Erihapeti Rehu-Murchie Postdoctoral Fellowship honours the work of kaumatua Dr Erihapeti Rehu-Murchie and supports emerging leaders in Māori health research whose research focuses on topics in which Dr Rehu-Murchie was active: Māori women's and children's health; whare tapa wha (a four point holistic health model involving tinana, hauora hinengaro, hauora whanau and hauora wairua); health promotion or health policy, including Māori and indigenous human rights.
Eru Pōmare Research Fellowship in Māori Health
The Eru Pōmare Research Fellowship in Māori Health honours the legacy of Professor Eru Pomare and his contributions to gastroenterology, as well as his commitment to high academic achievement by Māori. It provides a salary for an emerging leader in Māori health research with a PhD or equivalent for clinical or medical research.
Hohua Tutengaehe Research Fellowship in Māori Health
The Hohua Tutengaehe Research Fellowship in Māori Health honours the legacy of kaumatua Hohua Tutengaehe and his contributions to te iwi Māori and the development of Māori health research that is consistent with tikanga Māori. It provides a salary for an emerging leader in Māori health research with a PhD or equivalent for research in the following areas: Māori community health development; mātauranga Māori; Te reo me ona tikanga; Te ao wairua; urban Māori; justice; or rangatahi.1 June 2017 - 8:00am14 July 2017 - 1:00pm18 July 2017 - 5:00pm
Dr Tepora Emery (Te Arawa, Tainui) has developed a suicide 'postvention' tool that can support whānau who have lost loved ones to suicide. The research was funded through a HRC Ngā Kanohi Kitea community project grant. Read more.
Developing Māori capability and knowledge is the prime focus of the Ngā Kanohi Kitea Community Grants funding initiative. These grants provide an opportunity for iwi, hapū and community groups to investigate a well-defined area of Māori health need or gain.
Ngā Kanohi Kitea Development Grant:
Up to $10,000 is available over three months to assist applicants in preparing their full project proposal. The application form and guidelines for these development grants (2017) are now available below.
Ngā Kanohi Kitea Full Project Grant:
Up to $200,000 is available over eighteen months. These grants are designed to investigate a well defined research question. The assessment committee welcomes projects of all sizes but reminds applicants that the funding applied for should be comparable to the size of the project and the potential for health gain. The application form and guidelines for these full project grants will be made available at a later date.27 March 2017 - 8:00am27 April 2017 - 1:00pm1 May 2017 - 5:00pm
Development Grants are intended to support the planning and scoping of a new research project that will be submitted in the HRC’s Annual Contestable Funding Round. The grant can be used to obtain independent and reputable expert advice during the development of a proposal, paid to cover costs of consulting with particular communities and relevant organisations, and/or accessing resources critical to proposal development.
The objective of the Development Grant fund is to support Maori health researchers in developing a project proposal for the funding round via one of the four Research Investment Streams.
Applicants must provide a summary of the proposed research as well as specific details on the use of the Development Grant funds, including justification of costs and how it will contribute to the development of a research proposal. If independent and reputable expert advice is sought, the applicant must provide details of the individual’s expertise and how this links with the proposed research. The applicant is also required to fill in a New Zealand RS&T Standard CV included in the HRC-DG form.
Value - Funds of up to $10,000 are available.1 June 2017 - 8:00am14 July 2017 - 1:00pm18 July 2017 - 5:00pm
Knowledge Translation Grants are available for dissemination of research which key stakeholders (e.g. iwi, community, health providers, Ministry of Health, Te Puni Kokiri) have identified as important for future use, including policy and health service development. The HRC recognises the importance of dissemination and the various forms it can take dependent on the target audience.
Dissemination for the purpose of this grant can include taking specified information from the research and making a publication that is better suited to the needs of an intended audience. It can include a Hui, publication of a report or book and can focus on specific elements aimed at particular iwi/age or gender groups and/or at a particular health area (e.g. oral health, nutrition, cultural safety guidelines for a specific health provider centre, customary healing practices of a specified hapu or iwi). The grant can also be used to develop a health-related website/page; however, its primary purpose will need to be dissemination of health or research related information/publications that have emerged from health research undertaken.
Knowledge Translation Grants are NOT available for:
- Publication of a thesis
- Presenting results of a research project or travel to an intended conference as these should be funded as part of the original research proposal
- Tikanga expenses as a tikanga allowance is paid as part of all HRC Maori awards
- Topping up any shortfall in an existing HRC research contract. This is the responsibility of the host institution.
Value - Funds of up to $5,000 are available.1 June 2017 - 8:00am14 July 2017 - 1:00pm18 July 2017 - 5:00pm