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Advisory and Assessing Committees

Public Health Research Committee

The Public Health Research Committee is a statutory HRC committee set out in the HRC Act, with members appointed by the HRC Council. The committee advises on public health research funding that's offered through a range of HRC grant types, such as Project and Programme grants and Career Development Awards.

Public Health Research Committee members are responsible for chairing Science Assessing Committees (SACs) which score applications and produce a ranked list of fundable proposals for assisting funding recommendations to the HRC Council.

The Public Health Research Committee also monitors and reports on grantees' performance.

Committee members 

  • Professor Jeroen Douwes - Chair, Research Centre for Hauora and Health, Massey University, Wellington
  • Associate Professor Polly Atatoa Carr, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato
  • Professor Sarah Derrett, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, Division of Health Sciences, University of Otago, Dunedin
  • Dr Corina Grey, Pacific Health, Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health, Auckland
  • Associate Professor Jason Gurney (co-opted member), Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington
  • Associate Professor Lisa Te Morenga, Research Centre for Hauora and Health, Massey University, Wellington
  • Dr Kirsten Smiler (co-opted member), Health Services Research Centre, School of Health, Faculty of Health, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington.

Committee Secretary: Toni Liu - Research Investment Manager

Additional: Public Health Research Committee Terms of Reference