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Māori health research funding opportunities

All HRC funding rounds are open to Māori health research and researchers. In addition, we have dedicated funding for Māori health research through our Rangahau Hauora Māori research investment stream and the opportunities below. For all upcoming funding opportunities, refer to our Funding Calendar.

Community-led research funding - Ngā Kanohi Kitea Community Advancement Fund 

Health research isn’t just the domain of academics – it’s often driven by communities. Our revamped Ngā Kanohi Kitea Community Advancement Fund is an opportunity for iwi, hapū, other Māori organisations, and Māori researchers or research teams to undertake self-identified health research that can make a direct and significant difference to the health and wellbeing of their communities.

While we have provided community research funding through Ngā Kanohi Kitea grants since 2010, this revised fund is more responsive to community needs. The scope of the fund has increased, allowing communities to access funding to build research capability skills, relationships, networks and development opportunities that they need to get started on their health research journey. There is also funding for research projects to help communities answer questions that are directly relevant to them, as well as funding to facilitate knowledge sharing and the uptake of research findings.

The following grants are available through the Ngā Kanohi Kitea Community Advancement Fund:

Ngā Kanohi Kitea Training Grant

This training grant provides funding support for individuals or groups looking to gain or develop skills, connections, or networks within a desired health research field. 

Find out more about this grant and how to apply on HRC Gateway.

Ngā Kanohi Kitea Development Grant

The development grant provides funding for individuals, researchers, community groups or organisations to help prepare for undertaking a health research project or activity. This includes gathering information, developing connections and networks, or recruiting specialist expertise to support preparation for a larger research project or activity. 

Find out more about this grant and how to apply on HRC Gateway.

Ngā Kanohi Kitea Project Grant

The project grant provides funding to support community-led research initiatives that address community-identified health and wellbeing needs. It can support collaboration or partnership with established and experienced research teams, or research organisations and larger institutions, provided the collaboration or partnership has been identified as a community priority and supports capability building and advancement of health and wellbeing within the community. 

Find out more about this grant and how to apply on HRC Gateway.

Ngā Kanohi Kitea Knowledge Mobilisation Grant

This grant provides funding for iwi, hapū, other Māori community groups or organisations, Māori researchers or research teams who already have knowledge, evidence, or outcomes from research activities. The grant can support further translation, dissemination, or uptake of research findings.

Find out more about this grant and how to apply on HRC Gateway.

Unsure which Ngā Kanohi Kitea grant is right for you? The following flowchart might help you decide.

NKK -Applicant support flow diagrams HRC NZ

Rangahau Hauora Māori research investment stream

Traditional Maori sculpture

The purpose of this research investment stream is to build an evidence base which contributes to Māori health gains. Research funded through this stream is derived from high-quality Māori health research that upholds rangatiratanga (Māori leadership) and advances Māori knowledge, resources and people. This is research that values Māori worldviews and builds Māori research capacity and leadership.

Research funded through this stream is expected to demonstrate a commitment to the core values of mana, tika, manaakitanga and whakapapa, and recognise that Māori health research teams operate within the broader context of their communities. The distinctive features of research in scope for the HRC's Rangahau Hauora Māori funding can be found in this Investment Stream document

The Rangahau Hauora Māori investment stream is applicable to all the rounds we run annually, including:

Project funding

Programme funding

Emerging Researcher First Grants

Explorer Grants

People-focused funding

We also have a number of career development awards available to specifically support the growth and development of the Māori health research workforce. See below for opportunities specific to Māori health researchers.

Māori Health Research Summer Studentships

Rangahau Hauora Training Grant

Māori Health Research Masters Scholarships

Māori Health Research PhD Scholarships

Māori Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowships

Māori Health Research Emerging Leader Fellowship

Māori Health Research Development Grant

Māori Health Research Knowledge Translation Grant