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Call now open for 2020 HRC-NSFC Biomedical Collaboration Fund

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Biomedical researcher

The Health Research Council and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) have established a funding initiative to support the development of collaborative research relationships between the two countries.

This initiative aims to establish new and/or strengthen existing collaborations in biomedical sciences between Chinese and New Zealand researchers from universities and research institutions; foster breakthroughs in biomedical research that will advance the global development of science and technology; and promote mobility and career development of researchers within joint projects.

A total funding pool of $1,000,000 (exclusive of GST) is available for allocation.
There are two separate funding opportunities available to apply for:
Stream one - Project: Funding partners invite applications for funding of up to $700,000 (fully-costed, exclusive of GST) and duration of up to three years for a research project. HRC funding will support the successful New Zealand project teams and NSFC's funding will support the Chinese project teams in the same collaboration.  

Stream two - Emerging Researcher First Grant: Emerging researchers are invited to apply for funding to facilitate collaborative research relationships with Chinese colleagues. Up to $100,000 is available for a duration of up to two years for emerging researchers (there are three available).

This Request for Proposals (RFP) applies only to the New Zealand application process; Chinese researchers must consult with the NSFC regarding their own separate application requirements and process.

It is anticipated that funding for one 3-year project and three 2-year emerging researcher collaborations will be available for a 1 December 2020 start date. 
Application process
Applicants will need to submit a registration via HRC Gateway by 1pm on Wednesday 13 May 2020. A full application will then need to be submitted via HRC Gateway by 1pm on Wednesday 27 May 2020. 

The deadline for online submission of full applications to the NSFC is 4pm, 27 May 2020 (China Standard Time). Find out more at the NFSC website for the Chinese RFP.
For more information about this RFP contact:
Fiona Kenning, HRC Research Investment Manager - International
Phone: (09) 303 5208