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We are proud to be a resource for our research community. We can help you access funding, Tikanga Māori training and help you with research statistics.

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Neurological Foundation funding applications

The Neurological Foundation is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the following grants:

Catwalk Trust Project Grant

To advance research towards a cure for spinal cord injury. Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 1 April 2021

Project Grant

The main avenue by which the Neurological Foundation sponsors research. Applicants can be scientifically or medically qualified, and the research can be clinical or biomedical. Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 1 April 2021

Small Project Grant

Intended to encourage clinicians and scientists to undertake small-scale or pilot studies that may lead to a larger project. Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 1 April 2021

Travel Grant

Intended to support recipients of eligible project, scholarship or fellowship funding from the Foundation to attend conferences, meetings, and training. While New Zealand borders are closed due to Covid-19, only online conferences or courses or domestic travel can be applied for. Applications close at 5pm on Monday 1 March 2021

Philip Wrightson Fellowship

Intended to provide personal support for outstanding post-doctoral research fellows undertaking full-time research at institutions outside New Zealand. Applications close at 5pm on Monday 3 May 2021

Senior Research Fellowship

Intended to provide personal support for outstanding post-doctoral fellows as they establish themselves as independent researchers. Applications close at 5pm on Monday 3 May 2021

Senior Clinical Research Fellowship

Intended to provide personal support for practising clinicians to carry out clinical research. Applications close at 5pm on Monday 3 May 2021

O'Brien Clinical Fellowship

Intended to support non-medical health professionals to pursue a career in clinical research. Applications close at 5pm on Monday 3 May 2021

First Fellowship

Intended to provide personal support for outstanding early career researchers so that they can complete their first post-doctoral fellowship under the close mentorship of an academic with a continuing position. Applications close at 5pm on Monday 3 May 2021

Dawn Fellowship

Providing personal support for scientists or clinicians to carry out research into Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, peripheral neuropathy, Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Applications close at 5pm on Monday 3 May 2021

VJ Chapman Fellowship

Intended to support medical graduates to pursue a career in academic neurology, neurosurgery, or neuropathology. Applications close at 5pm on Monday 3 May 2021

Applications can be made through the Neurological Foundation grants portal.

Statistics Consultations

If you are considering research, our Research Office offers free one-on-one statistics consultations with a qualified statistician to support you throughout your project. Funding is provided for CCDHB staff doing a clinical audit and/or research project.

Consultations are held monthly, usually on a Friday from 10am-2pm, for 30 or 60 minutes, depending on your needs. You can book as many meetings as you need.

Some of the things we cover are:

  • Getting your design right and your project off to a good start
  • Help and advice as your project progresses
  • Assistance at the end when you have lots of great data to analyse and present

You must book in advance. Email res-research@ccdhb.org.nz  to reserve a time. Please fill in this form to give us some information about your project.

Available Grants and Funding Opportunities

COVID-19 Rapid Research Response funding opportunities available now

Applications are now open for two funding opportunities focused on responding to the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat, and strengthening New Zealand’s research capacity and response to emerging infectious disease threats.

The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) and the Ministry of Health last week announced a $3 million rapid research response fund, aimed at supporting a range of research projects that address New Zealand’s evidence needs in relation to COVID-19, while also contributing to global COVID-19 efforts.

Applicants are advised to apply for the most suitable of the two funding opportunities outlined below:

Two distinct funding opportunities available

1: 2020 COVID-19 New Zealand Rapid Response Research (Request for Proposals)

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is jointly funded by the HRC and Ministry of Health. It aims to fund research that immediately responds to the COVID-19 threat and strengthens New Zealand’s response and readiness to this outbreak threat. The focus is on research that can provide actionable evidence in the short-term (within 3 - 6 months) to inform the Ministry of Health and/or other agencies involved in the all-of-government COVID-19 response.

The objectives and scope of this funding initiative, including the government’s research areas of interest, are outlined in the RFP documents available on HRC Gateway, the HRC’s online application portal. Research should be informed by the principles of Te Tiriti O Waitangi, and careful consideration should be given to the potential impact of research on health equity and at-risk groups.

Proposals are invited from all fields of health and social science to respond to the RFP objectives. Research should be able to commence rapidly and detail how early and valuable findings will be disseminated for use by the Ministry of Health and/or other agencies.

A funding pool of $1 million (exclusive of GST) is available. The funding partners expect to fund multiple projects across a range of values within this funding pool. Proposals with a duration of up to 6 months are invited. The funding partners retain discretion to fund exemplary proposals with a duration of up to 12 months and/or up to $500,000, where warranted.

2: 2020 COVID-19 and Emerging Infectious Diseases Grant (Researcher-initiated proposals)

This funding opportunity, funded solely by the HRC, is for research that can provide evidence within a short to medium time-frame, with project durations up to 24 months. It aims to fund research relating to COVID-19 that strengthens New Zealand’s research capacity and response to emerging infectious disease threats. Proposals that are also able to generate and release some or all of their findings earlier (e.g. within 6 - 12 months of commencement) are welcome, in order to support the all-of-government COVID-19 response.

The scope of research is broad with applications encouraged across all fields of health and social science. All details, and examples of research themes, are outlined in the application form and guidelines available on HRC Gateway, the HRC’s online application portal.

Research proposals should align with the New Zealand Health Research Prioritisation Framework and demonstrate the local relevance of the work, as well as its benefits for advancing the health of Māori and Pacific peoples and reducing health inequities. Proposals should also build on, rather than duplicate, global research efforts and demonstrate a commitment to international solidarity and collaboration.

A funding pool of $2 million (exclusive of GST) is available. Within this funding pool, the HRC expects to fund multiple projects across a range of values. Proposals with a duration of up to 24 months are invited.

How to apply

In keeping with the responsive nature of these funding opportunities, the HRC will run a shortened application and assessment process which requires submission of a full application within three weeks.

Applications for these funding opportunities are now open. Applicants are first required to submit a registration via HRC Gateway by 1pm, 16 March 2020. They must then complete an application via HRC Gateway by 1pm, 23 March 2020.

Applicants will be notified of funding results on 7 April 2020, with funding available for an immediate start.
 

Questions

We advise applicants to carefully choose the most suitable funding opportunity for their proposed research, with consideration to how and when research findings could be disseminated and applied.

If you have any questions about either funding opportunity, please contact:
Scott Aitken
HRC Research Investment Manager, Research Partnerships
DDI: (09) 282 4135

Fiona Kenning
HRC Research Investment Manager, Research Partnerships
DDI: (09) 303 5208

We anticipate a strong response from the research sector and look forward to the meaningful contributions New Zealand can make in managing this global health threat.

Other funding

The University of Otago maintains a robust list of various research funding opportunities. Visit their website to learn more.

The Neurological Foundation is now accepting applications for grants. Visit their website to learn more.

Budget Advice

Advice can be provided by the Research office in collaboration with CCDHB finance department.

Tikanga Māori (Research) Training

We recommend that anyone undertaking clinical research in New Zealand receives Tikanga Māori (research) training. This teaches Tikanga Māori practices in a clinical setting and how that relates to culturally responsive research practice. The guidelines are underpinned by Māori values, protocols, concepts, views of health and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Register for this training on ConnectMe.

If you do not have access to ConnectMe, we recommend downloading the Tikanga Māori booklet.

 

 

Last updated 19 January 2021.