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'.
Pacific Health Research
The primary role of Pacific health research is to generate knowledge and understanding of Pacific peoples that will improve their health outcomes
Pacific health research requires the active involvement of Pacific peoples (as researchers, advisors and stakeholders), and not just as subjects of research. Pacific health research helps to build the capacity and capability of Pacific peoples in research, and contributes to the Pacific knowledge base.
Pacific health research design, methods and approaches aim to be responsive to changing Pacific contexts, underpinned by Pacific cultural values and beliefs, and conducted in accordance with Pacific ethical standards, values and aspirations.
Career Development Awards
The HRC has a number of scholarships and fellowships designed to foster the Pacific 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 Tolotea Lanumata, DDI: (09) 303 5224.
The HRC invests annually in researcher initiated proposals in a wide variety of areas that meet the goals of the four Research Investment Streams. All streams are open to Pacific health research and researchers. Applications for new funding, Pacific Projects, is now available in addition to the awards on this page.
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.
These grants support emerging Pacific researchers who are seeking to establish independent careers in health research and who have not previously held a competitive research grant for research expenses of $100,000 or more from any source (including institutional or internal funding). Each award is limited to a maximum of $150,000 over a maximum of three years. Research proposals should represent an independent research stream, with the applicant able to undertake overall responsibility for the work to be completed. Contracts only provide research expenses so awardees require salary support from elsewhere.
Research Investment Stream information
The HRC’s investment framework includes 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, FAQs and the Research Investment Stream signals below to guide application decisions (please note: the Rangahau Hauora Māori stream does not apply for this grant):
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.1 June 2017 - 8:00am5 July 2017 - 1:00pm7 July 2017 - 5:00pm
The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) recognises that improvement in Pacific health and wellbeing continues to be one of the government's main health gain areas. The HRC contributes to improving Pacific health through funding and supporting high quality research and investing in the Pacific health research workforce.
The HRC is pleased to announce a new Pacific Career Development Award named The Sir Thomas Davis Te Patu Kite Rangi Ariki Health Research Fellowship to support high quality Pacific health research in priority areas. The fellowship will contribute towards achieving better health outcomes for Pacific people, families and communities.
This award recognises the contributions that Sir Davis LLD honoris causa, DTM and H, MBChB, MPH, MD honoris causa, has made to clinical practice and biomedical and public health research, in a distinguished career spanning 62 years in the Cook Islands, New Zealand and the United States of America. Sir Davis was born on the island of Rarotonga on June 11, 1917 and educated at King's College in Auckland. He gained his medical degree at Otago in 1945 before returning to the Cook Islands where he was the chief medical officer from 1949. After working in the Cook Islands for several years he carried out further studies at Harvard University and completed a Masters of Public Health. He worked for various sections of the USA armed forces as a research physiologist before joining the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to work on the space programme. During an academic career, that covered a wide range of scientific subjects, including biomedical aspects of the space programme, he published two books and more than 60 scientific papers. Sir Davis was knighted in 1981. He was the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands from 1978 to 1987. In 2005 the University of Otago awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
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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 Pacific and Māori populations in New Zealand. Applicants focusing on Pacific populations can apply for these awards using the standard HRC Pacific 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: 11 June 2017 - 8:00am14 July 2017 - 1:00pm18 July 2017 - 5:00pm
This fellowship provides support for outstanding graduates who have recently completed a degree at doctoral level and who propose to conduct research in any discipline related to improving the health of Pacific peoples. This provides up to four years salary support for researchers to gain further experience in their chosen fields and become established as an independent researcher.
The value of the fellowship is based on the recipient's qualifications and research experience in regards to salary levels set by the university.1 June 2017 - 8:00am14 July 2017 - 1:00pm18 July 2017 - 5:00pm
The Pacific Clinical Research Training Fellowship provides an opportunity for medical, dental and allied Pacific health professionals to undertake a PhD or equivalent qualification. A salary, university fees, and research expenses are available for up to three years full-time or four years part-time.1 June 2017 - 8:00am14 July 2017 - 1:00pm18 July 2017 - 5:00pm
Dr Neti Tamarua Herman is the first Cook Islands nurse to gain a doctorate. Neti's PhD thesis, which was funded through a HRC Pacific Health Research PhD Scholarship, lays out a new holistic model to promote the health of young people – one of the first to do so within a Cook Islands context. Read more in HRC Pacific News.
The PhD scholarship offers personal support for outstanding graduate students for three years. The research programme is generally aimed at a PhD or doctorate in any discipline related to improving the health of Pacific people.
The value of the postgraduate scholarship will normally be $25,000 per annum for three years. Course fees can be claimed (for three years) on a reimbursement basis. One $10,000 grant to cover research expenses will also be paid. There is also a $3,000 grant for mentoring costs ($1,000 per annum).1 June 2017 - 8:00am14 July 2017 - 1:00pm18 July 2017 - 5:00pm
The masters scholarship provides $10,000 of personal support for students in their final year or thesis. Additionally, $1,000 for mentoring costs and tuition fees is available.1 June 2017 - 8:00am14 July 2017 - 1:00pm18 July 2017 - 5:00pm
These awards, worth $5,000, aim to introduce research to Pacific students wanting to develop research skills with supervision and guidance from experienced senior researchers. This provides an opportunity to develop a career in health research by working on a ten week project over the summer break.1 June 2017 - 8:00am14 July 2017 - 1:00pm18 July 2017 - 5:00pm
Knowledge Translation Grants are available for dissemination of research 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 Fono, publication of a report or book, and can focus on specific elements aimed at particular ethnic-specific/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). 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. Funds of up to $5,000 are available.
Knowledge Translation Grants are not available for:
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- printing and binding 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
- topping up any shortfall in an existing HRC research contract. This is the responsibility of the host institution.