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Lottery Health Research Te Tahua Rangahau Hauoratanga

Closing date for Lottery Health Research requests extended

Lottery Health Research grant requests may be submitted up until midnight, Friday 4 August 2017.

Please note only those people connected to an organisation online profile with us can submit a request – you will not be able to achieve this on Friday evening, so ensure you are able to apply on behalf of your organisation or university now.

Lottery Health Research provides grants to organisations for health research that will improve the health status of New Zealanders. Grants may support:

  • translational research projects
  • shared research equipment
  • post-doctoral fellowships
  • PhD Scholarships.

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.

All requests must be support by a budget or quotes and all relevant approvals.

Funding for outcomes

Organisations receiving grants are expected to show how their health research will contribute to:

  • better understanding of the causes, prevention and treatment of disorders affecting New Zealanders
  • new approaches in health and bio-medical science for the ultimate benefit of all New Zealanders
  • developing and keeping a highly skilled workforce of health and bio-medical researchers in New Zealand.

Priorities

The Lottery Health Research Committee gives priority to requests that:

  • show how the research will translate into better health outcomes for New Zealand populations, including Māori and Pasifika
  • show why the health issue is significant for New Zealand
  • addresses a unique gap in health research knowledge in New Zealand
  • includes researchers who will contribute to the New Zealand health sector over time.

For those requesting grants for Post-doctoral Fellowships and PhD Scholarships priority is given to:

  • researchers who are early in their career or entering and/or returning to the New Zealand work force
  • host organisations that how they will provide quality support, management and supervision.

For shared equipment and translational research project requests, priority is given to:

  • collaboration,  particularly with significant pieces of research equipment, which should be shared between a number or research centres/institutions
  • projects that have received support from other funders.

Ethical approval

All research must be carried out according to the ethical principles set out by the Health Research Council of New Zealand. Approval by the relevant ethical committee(s) responsible for the oversight of human and/or animal research must be sought, where appropriate.

Other approval

If the research requires approval under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 or the Biosecurity Act 1993 then the appropriate approval must be submitted to the Committee.

Grants will not be released until written evidence of the appropriate approval/approvals has been received. If either of these approvals is required but not available when the grant request is submitted, the approval should be sent to lhr@dia.govt.nz as soon as possible.

What we fund

Translational research project costs

Lottery Health Research will fund salaries and expenses for translational research projects that show the result is achievable, and will translate into better health outcomes and a community benefit for New Zealanders. 

The Committee will provide up to $120,000 over two years. Project leaders may only hold one Lottery translational research grant at a time and only submit one Lottery translational research grant request per funding round.

For a translational project grant request, you need to provide:

  • a detailed project plan
  •  CVs for each member of the research team
  • written evidence of approval from the relevant research ethical committee for their region and discipline, if applicable. 
  • a copy of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms or Biosecurity approval, if applicable.

Grant offers 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, particularly equipment needed for several research programmes. This may include new or replacement equipment and installation expenses.

For a shared research equipment grant request, you need to provide:

  • quotes from suppliers
  • indicate which is the preferred quote

Equipment purchased with the grant must become the property of the host organisation.

Grant offers 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, for those who received their PhD in the two years prior to the closing date and who will begin their fellowship in the next academic year. The Committee provides up to $80,000 per year for post-doctoral fellowships, including salary costs.

For a Post-doctoral fellowship grant request, you need to provide:

  • the CV and academic transcript of the proposed Fellow
  • written evidence of approval from the relevant research ethical committee for their region and discipline, if applicable.
  • a copy of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms or Biosecurity approval, if applicable.

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

PhD Scholarships in health research

PhD Scholarships are available to support PhD students enrolled at a New Zealand university and planning a career in health research. The Committee provides up to $40,000 per year over three years to support a PhD scholarship, made up of a stipend of $30,000, plus fees of up to $10,000 each year.

Requests for part-time scholarships will be considered, on a pro rata basis.

For PhD Scholarship grant requests, you need to provide:

  • the academic transcript of the proposed PhD Scholar
  • written evidence of approval from the relevant research ethical committee for their region and discipline, if applicable.
  • a copy of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms or Biosecurity approval, if applicable.

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

Organisations requesting grants for Post-doctoral Fellowships and PhD Scholarships in health research will be advised of the Committee’s decision before the end of the current academic year.

What we do not fund

In addition to what may not be funded by any Lottery Committee,  Lottery Health Research does not fund:

  • individuals
  • operational costs and overheads 
  • computers or tablets, unless required to run health research equipment
  • research or equipment leading to commercial benefits 
  • project leaders, scholars or fellows who are not  New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
  • conference attendances 
  • requests from overseas institutions or organisations, or for research to be carried out overseas
  • development of educational materials, unless they have a research component
  • routine laboratory equipment and equipment ordered before a grant request is made
  • research where the findings will not be made freely available
  • relocation expenses
  • the purchase of land or buildings
  • service contracts

Requesting a grant

Grant requests must be made by organisations rather than by individuals.

You will not be able to submit a grant request unless your request is linked to an organisation profile that has already been set up in our online system.

Requests from tertiary institutions: contact the research office and have your name added to your tertiary institution’s organisation profile to make any type of Lottery Health Research grant request.

Requests from community organisations or agencies: have your name added to your organisation’s profile to make any type of Lottery Health Research grant request. If your organisation does not have a profile in our online system, you will need to set one up before you can request a grant.

1. Review the information on Requesting a grant to see if your organisation meets the requirements for this Fund.

2. Find out what supporting documents must be available on your organisation profile or online at Charities Services. You must meet these requirements by the closing date also.

3. Complete a budget to submit with your request.

4. Log in to our online system to create or update your organisation’s profile, and individual profiles for the request contact people.

5. Complete either the translational research projects/equipment OR the Post-doctoral Fellowships/PhD Scholarships online request forms. You are able to save a request as a draft as many times as you like before submitting the final copy.

If a grant is offered

If your organisation is offered a grant, you will be sent an email and invited to login to review and accept an online grant agreement.

The agreement will include full details of any reporting you need to provide, a payments schedule and any special conditions for your grant.

You may accept the agreement online, or contact us if you want to discuss the reporting requirements or special conditions. However, the amount we offer is not negotiable.

All reporting is done online. You will also need to provide any other information we require. This may include a progress or final report on the income and expenditure relating to the budget sent with your grant request.

Promoting Lottery Grants Board support

If lottery grant funding is awarded, your organisation must acknowledge the Lottery Grants Board's support in any publicity materials, such as event programmes or annual reports.

Research availability

It is expected that the results of any Lottery funded research will be made publicly available, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Grant recipients are also obliged to ensure that intellectual property ownership is respected.

The Lottery Grants Board and the Committee disclaim liability for the dissemination of any research findings or other material considered to be defamatory.

Your privacy in Lotto promotions

Some organisations who receive lottery grants may agree to take part in activities led by Lotto NZ to promote their initiatives and how the funding has changed their communities for the better.

Personal information submitted as part of a lottery funding request will only be shared with Lotto NZ for publicity purposes with the permission of the grant recipients. The sharing of personal information between the Lottery Grants Board and Lotto NZ is managed by a Privacy Agreement between the two organisations.