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'.
Researchers from any health discipline are invited to apply for one of the HRC’s Explorer Grants. Proposals must describe the transformative, innovative or exploratory aspects of the proposal and how it challenges conventional understanding in the field. Explorer Grants are worth $150,000 (research working expenses only) for a term of up to 24 months.
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Application dates for explorer grants 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, please contact us.
Did you apply for an explorer grant in the 2017 funding round? Result letters for these grants will be sent out to research offices on 28 March 2017.
These grants will provide seed support for transformative research ideas at an early stage, before an application for greater investment through standard funding mechanisms. Explorer Grants are available in any health research discipline and are worth $150,000 (research working expenses, which may include salary for casual staff) for a term of up to 24 months.
The proposal must advance ideas considered to be transformative, innovative, exploratory or unconventional, and have potential for major impact. An impact on knowledge is valid, and the idea doesn’t have to be immediately applicable in terms of a health outcome.
Assessment will focus on the research idea and the identity of applicants won’t be disclosed to the assessing committee. To be eligible for assessment, proposals must be supported by the host organisation and identify which Research Investment Stream and goal(s) their research is addressing.
Research Investment Stream information
Proposals must identify which of the HRC Research Investment Streams and goal(s) their research is addressing; however, a detailed explanation isn’t required. Applicants should review the Research Investment Stream signals below, the Investment Signals General Guidelines for each of these streams, and the frequently asked questions document.
- 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
The selection of successful proposals is not the same as that for other HRC contracts. All proposals that meet the eligibility criteria will be assessed for compatibility with the scheme’s intent; proposals won’t be scored or ranked. All proposals that are considered eligible and compatible will be considered equally eligible to receive funding, and a random process will be used to select proposals to be offered funding. In the last funding round, nine Explorer Grants were funded. A full description of the assessment process to determine eligibility, compatibility and which applications will receive funding can be found in Appendix 1 of the Guidelines document.4 October 2017 - 8:00am1 November 2017 - 1:00pm3 November 2017 - 5:00pm