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Lottery Health Research Te Tahua Rangahau Hauoratanga

Kaupapa / Purpose
Whakatakanga / Mission
Relationship with Māori
What we fund
Funding priorities
What we do not fund
Requesting a grant

Requests for Lottery Health Research grants must be made in the new online system. There are two online request forms available, one for translational research projects or shared research equipment requests and one for Post-doctoral fellowship or PhD Scholarship requests.

Kaupapa / Purpose

The Lottery Health Research Committee (Committee) provides funding for research projects that will improve the health status of New Zealanders.

Whakatakanga / Purpose

The health status of New Zealanders is improved through research.

Relationship with Māori

E whakatau ana te Tahua Rangahau Hauoratanga i ngā hiahia me ngā tūmanako o te Māori me o rātou kawa.

Lottery Health Research recognises the aspirations and needs of Māori, and their protocols.

What we fund

Translational research project costs

Translational Research projects that show the desired result is achievable, and that the result will translate into better health outcomes and a community benefit for New Zealanders. The Committee will fund:

  • salaries; and
  • expenses.

The Committee will generally fund up to $120,000 for translational research projects over a two year period. Project leaders may only hold one translational research grant at a time and only submit one translational research grant request per funding round. Grant offers will lapse after 12 months if the research project has not started.

Shared research equipment costs

Lottery Health Research will contribute costs towards shared research equipment, including items of equipment justified by the needs of several research programmes and may include new or replacement equipment and installation expenses.

The equipment to which a grant contributes must become the property of the host organisation. Grant offers will lapse after 12 months if the equipment is not purchased.

Post-doctoral fellowships in health research

Post-doctoral fellowships are available for a maximum of two years. Applicants must have received their PhD within two years prior to the closing date and they need to be able to commence the fellowship in the next academic year. The Committee will provide up to $75,000 per year as a post-doctoral fellowship.

Requestors will receive the Committees’ funding decision on post-doctoral fellowships and PhD scholarships in health research before the end of the current academic year.

Grant offers will lapse after 12 months if the post-doctoral fellowship has not started.

PhD scholarships in health research

PhD scholarships are available for PhD students who are enrolled at a New Zealand university and are planning a career in health research. The Committee will provide up to $40,000 per year over three years for a PhD scholarship. This is made up of a stipend of $30,000, plus fees of up to $10,000 each year.

Requestors will receive the Committees’ funding decision on post-doctoral fellowships and PhD scholarships in health research before the end of the current academic year.

Grant offers will lapse after 12 months if the PhD scholarship has not started.

Funding priorities

Across all of its funding, the committee gives priority to requests for grants for research projects that will:

  • show the desired result is achievable
  • translate into better health outcomes for New Zealanders;
  • address a significant health issue in New Zealand;
  • address a unique gap in health research knowledge in New Zealand
  • include researchers who will continue to contribute to the New Zealand Health Sector;

 In addition for Post-doctoral fellowships and PhD scholarships priority will be given to those which also:

  • include researchers who are early in their career or entering and/or returning to the New Zealand work force;
  • show it is well managed and has quality support and supervision from the host organisation;

For shared equipment and translational research priority will be given to requests which also:

  • are a collaboration (this is particularly important in the case of significant pieces of research equipment, which are expected to be shared between a number or research centres/institutions); and
  • have received support from other funders.

What we do not fund

The Lottery Health Research Committee does not fund:

  • overheads; 
  • computers;
  • research or equipment leading to commercial benefits; 
  • project leaders, scholars or fellows who are not a New Zealand permanent resident or citizen;
  • conference attendance; 
  • applications from overseas institutions or organisations; 
  • development of educational materials unless they have a research component;
  • equipment that has been ordered before a grant application is made;
  • research where the findings will not be made freely available; 
  • relocation expenses;
  • research carried out overseas; 
  • the purchase of land or buildings; and 
  • capital investment or trust funds.

 

Requesting a grant