The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC), with the support of the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, has joined the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD). The GACD is an alliance of the world’s largest public research funding agencies, and provides new research opportunities that target chronic diseases. GACD funds joint programmes researching lifestyle-related or chronic disease such as heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, and lung diseases. The current GACD call focuses on implementation research in mental health.

The HRC’s first initiative with the GACD is to partner with the Ministry of Health to provide up to $2 million in funding to research better strategies to support Māori and Pacific youth with mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar affective disorders.

The GACD call text and HRC-specific criteria are available below.

Researchers are required to register their intention to submit an application to the HRC-GACD fund. Registration must be completed online, via HRC Gateway. The following information must be supplied at the registration stage:

  • Research title
  • First named investigator
  • Other named investigators
  • Lay summary of the proposed research

Registrations must be submitted by 1pm, Monday, 15 May 2017.

Full applications will also be submitted via HRC Gateway, and opened at 8am on 8 May 2017. The final submission deadline for full applications is 1pm on 2 June 2017. Application forms and guidelines are available below.

Please note: the assessment of applications will be undertaken by the GACD (rather than the HRC) using the GACD assessment criteria.

For assistance regarding the HRC-GACD Mental Health Call or the application process, please contact:

Ms Tolotea Lanumata, Project Manager Pacific Health Research,, 09 303 5224

Mr Stacey Pene, Manager of Māori Research Investment,, 09 303 5225

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Registration details are now available for the HRC's first initiative under the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases: a partnership to fund research into better strategies to support Māori and Pacific youth with mental health problems.

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