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Lottery Health Research 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 supported by a budget or quotes and all relevant approvals.

Ngā kaupapa matua / 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.

Ngā kaupapa kāore e tautokona ā-pūtea / What we don't 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
  • publication fees
  • research or equipment leading to commercial benefits 
  • project leaders, scholars or fellows who are not New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
  • unnamed research staff
  • 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
  • shared equipment service contracts.

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