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  1. Opportunities for HRC Funding 2014 Investment Processes

  2. Overview • Annual Funding Round 2014 • Career Development Awards • Research Investment Streams • Contract types & Budgets • Application & Assessment Processes • Tips for Grant Writing • Contract Responsibilities

  3. Mission: Benefiting NZ through health research • Established as a Crown Entity by the Health Research Council Act (1990) • Responsible to Minister of Health • Funding for research mainly from Vote Science & Innovation through MBIE • Supports ~ 30 organisations and ~ 2,800 researchers

  4. HRC Secretariat Dr Robin Olds, Chief Executive • Rachel Brown, Group Manager, Māori Health Research • Dr Vernon Choy, Group Manager, Investment Processes • Melanie Duncan, Group Administrator, Investment Processes • Dr Deming Gong, Project Manager, Public Health Research • Stacey Pene, Project Manager, Biomedical/Clinical Research • Katie Evans and Lucy Pomeroy are on 12 months maternity leave • Dr Tania Pocock, Group Manager, Research, Policy, Strategy & Evaluation • Dr Nuhisifa Seve-Williams, Project Manager, Pacific Health Research • Vivien Lovell, Knowledge Management & Information Systems Finance & Corporate Services, Ethics, Communications, Research Partnerships

  5. Research Investment Streams Research Policy, Strategy & Evaluation Dr Tania Pocock

  6. Research Investment Streams Research for NZ Health Delivery Immediate impact on health policy, clinical-decision-making &/or service delivery End-users involved Rangahau Hauora Māori Building Māori knowledge & capability to address Māori health issues Applied Health and Wellbeing in NZ Understanding health and preventing illness & injury Improving Outcomes in Acute & Chronic Conditions in NZ Basic

  7. Investment Signals Purpose Scope (what’s in & what’s out) Goals Priorities (only HW and IOACC) Research characteristics (RNZHD) Examples • Research areas in scope • Research better aligned with other RIS • FAQ

  8. Selection of RIS • All applications • Apply to one RIS • Where research will have greatest impact on Goals and priorities • Programmes • Can span RIS, but must state primary RIS • Not in HD • HRC will not reallocate applications • Consider registering in others if uncertain

  9. Avoid Falling into Wrong RIS • 2014 ACs may penalise proposals in wrong RIS • Max score of 1 for ‘Impact’ criterion if ‘out of scope’ • Read Investment Signals

  10. Contracts and Budgets Results from FR2013 and Budgets for FR2014

  11. Results 2013: Programmes • 24 registered • 18 applications in 7 Science Assessing Committees (SACs) • 9 considered fundable by SACs • 5 fundable by Programme Assessing Committee • 5 funded (~ 30%) • 1 HW • 4 IOACC

  12. Results 2013: Project EOI Applications • 370 EOI in 4 RIS assessed by 11 committees • 111 invited to submit full applications

  13. Results 2013: Project Full Applications • 110 applications assessed by 8 SACs • 33 Funded (30%)

  14. 2014 Funding Round Budget

  15. Programme • Objectives • Support the long-term development of a health field • Fund research with strategic, long-term vision • Budget • $5M, 5 years • Eligibility • > 3 Named Investigators with peer reviewed contracts/track record • may hold other grants • Assessed by both SAC and PAC committees

  16. Requirements for Programme Director • PRG Director with ≤1 year remaining; or • PRG director in last 5 years; or • First NI on ≥2 PRJ grants from HRC or equivalents in last 4 years; or • First NI on 1 HRC project begun in last 2 years, leading ≥ 2 First NI on PRJ grants from HRC or equivalents in the last 4 years; • ≥ 0.2 FTE to this PRG; and • Employed by a NZ organisation and residing in NZ

  17. Programme • Not available for Health Delivery RIS • Permission may be given for a Programme bid from a team not meeting the PRG criteria • consultation with HRC before registration • specific research domains; e.g. a clinical trial • HRC currently has 27 active programmes • 16 are 5 year contracts • 6 PH/9 BM/1 MH

  18. Project – two-stage application: EOI and Full • Objective: Support individuals/Teams to address well-defined research questions • Budget: ≤$1.2 M, generally for 3 years • for shorter contracts, budget at average $0.4 M pa • FR2013: Average budget = $1.0 M

  19. Emerging Researcher First Grants Full Application: 30 August – 27 September 2013 • Objective: Working expenses for emerging researchers • Budget: ≤$150,000, ≤3 years • Excludes support for a postgraduate degree • Eligibility of PI: • without a contract for research expenses of ≥$100,000 • normally no more than 6 years from attaining a postgraduate degree • Applicants must justify how they fit this category • Developing an independent research stream • FR2013 results: 10/34 applications (30%)

  20. Feasibility Study Full Application: 30 August – 27 September 2013 • Objective: Support small studies that test feasibility issues affecting a planned, larger study • Budget: ≤$150,000, 12 months • Eligibility: Public health or clinical research • FR2013: 6/31 funded (~20%)

  21. Explorer Grant Full Application: 11 October – 1 November 2013 • Objective: provide seed support for transformative research ideas at an early stage • Budget: <$150,000 working expenses, < 24 months • Eligibility: host support, RIS • FR2013: 3/116 funded

  22. Career Development Awards • Clinical Practitioner Research Fellowship (CPRF) • Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowship • Clinical Research Training Fellowship (CRTF) • Foxley Fellowship • Girdlers’ New Zealand HRC Fellowship • Māori Health Research Career Development Awards • Pacific Health Research Career Development Awards

  23. Clinical Practitioner Research Fellowship Registration/Application: 5 June – 3 July 2013 • Objective • Strengthen health care practice and health services • Support translation of research into clinical practice • Budget • $50K/year expenses, < 5 years • Eligibility • Citizens/residents been engaged in clinical practice for 10-20 years, leadership, 0.3-0.5 FTE • FR2013: 2/10 funded

  24. Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowship Registration/Application: 5 June – 3 July 2013 • Objective: • Intended to build future capability to conduct world-class research • Support research stars whose scientific fields have the potential to contribute to health/economic goals for government’s investment • Budget: ≤ $0.5M, ≤ 4 yrs • Eligibility: Citizens/residents, 4-8 years post-PhD, 0.5-1.0 FTE • FR2013: 3/13 funded

  25. Clinical Research Training Fellowship Registration/Application: 5 June – 3 July 2013 • Objectives: • support health professionals to undertake a PhD or equivalent • provide a training that will combine academic research with course clinical experience • Budget: ≤$250,000 (pro rata if <3 years) • Eligibility: Citizens/residents, medical/dental graduates, psychologists and nurses • FR2013: 7/18 funded

  26. Foxley Fellowship Registration/Application: 5 June – 3 July 2013 • Objectives • enable health professionals to undertake a sabbatical in NZ • enhance links between HRC-funded research and health care delivery and/or health policy • Budget: Salary + <$20,000 research costs, 1-2 years • Eligibility: > 0.2 FTE, health professionals with > 5 years experience Not to be used to fund a degree

  27. Girdlers’ New Zealand HRC Fellowship Registration/Application: 5 June – 3 July 2013 • Objective • provide advanced research experience • bring benefit to the health sciences in NZ • Budget: ~£45,000 pa (salary + other costs, travel), 2 years • Eligibility: citizen, PhD or equivalent, < 5 years experience

  28. HRC funding and ethical approval • Required for release of funding • Cannot be extended from one contract to another • Should be specifically linked to HRC contract number • More information www.hrc.govt.nz

  29. Research contract obligations • Final reports from past 5 years required at full application • Media/News items (Suzy Botica: sbotica@hrc.govt.nz)

  30. On-line reporting process - data • Use top menu bar to update outputs for your profile • Select research contract • Enter info: milestones, progress etc • Select outputs in main menu specific to contract

  31. Online reporting process - submission Completed: PI click to finish report • Forwarded: PI forward report to RO (PDF generated) • Signed off: RO sign off report & submit to the HRC

  32. Final reports & future impact • Includes discoveries & achievements, workforce development, outcomes & impact, dissemination & knowledge transfer • Help identify newsworthy findings & demonstrate the benefits of funding health research & continued investment • Note all outputs specific to contract – reported to Ministry (Publications, impacts on policy, conference, media) • HRC retains 3 month payments until report received • Compliance could determine future funding

  33. Submitting Your Project Expression of Interest (EOI) www.hrc.govt.nzEASY

  34. On-line submission system, EASY • Must log on • If a new user - create a user account • Research Office can reset passwords

  35. Project EOI Forms (GA214S, RHM214S) • Section 1: General Information • Section 2: Proposed Research • Section 3: CV • Section 4: Lay Summary (design method, e.g. RCT) • Section 5: Research Classifications

  36. EOI Form: GA214S Section 2 Proposed Research • HW, IOACC, HD RIS 3 pages limit + 1 page for references • Rationale for Research • Design & Methods • Research Impact • Responsiveness to Māori • Expertise & Track Record

  37. Submitting Your Full Application www.hrc.govt.nzEASY

  38. Forms and Guidelines • Programme, PA214 • Project, GA214F • Feasibility Study, FS214 • Emerging Researcher First Grant, FG214 • Career Development Award, HRC-CDA • Explorer Grant, EX214 • Budget file, HRC214budget.xls See separate guideline document for each

  39. Tips for grant writing • Think about writing your grants earlier • Ensure grants are well written, with well-structured paragraphs • Make your objectives clear, realistic and achievable • Include design and power calculation details at EOI stage • Experience with techniques/preliminary data • Include an appropriate budget and timeline • Describe your impact on RIS (only have to meet one goal) • Provide appropriate responsiveness to Māori

  40. Tips for grant writing • Good team with appropriate FTE, skills and collaborations • Sell your team more and give more background to why someone is needed • Engage with stakeholders and end-users • Clear roles of NZ NIs within a large international study • Remember SAC includes discipline specific and broadly experienced members • Read Generic Feedback after EOI stage http://www.hrc.govt.nz/news-and-media/news/generic-feedback-eoi-stage-2014-annual-funding-round • Check spelling and grammar, and have it proof read

  41. Application & assessment process for Projects External review Rebuttal 26 Feb-7 Mar 2014 EOI results: 7 Oct 2013 Registration 9 July 2013 SAC EOI 26 July 2013 GAC Full Application 20 Nov 2013 SAC HRC Board Work to Research Office due dates! Outcome June 2014

  42. Application & assessment process for Programmes External review Registration 29 Aug 2013 Rebuttal 26 Feb-7 March 2014 SAC Full Application 16 Oct 2013 PAC Outcome June 2014 GAC Board Work to Research Office due dates!

  43. Application & assessmentprocess for ERFG/FS External review (ERFG) Registration 29 Aug 2013 Rebuttal (ERFG) 14-24 Feb 2014 Full Application 27 Sept 2013 Outcome May 2014 SAC(ERFG/FS) Board Work to Research Office due dates!

  44. Science Assessing Committees (SAC) • Project EOI ~12 SAC with ~10-12 members • Project ~ 9 SAC with ~ 6-10 members • Programme 1 PAC: multi-disciplinary • Emerging Researcher First Grant • Feasibility Study • Career Development Award • Explorer Grant

  45. Grant Approval Committee (GAC) • Recommend Fundable Projects/PRG to HRC Board • Guided by • Ranked SAC scores • RIS budgets (flexible) • Split between Projects & Programmes

  46. Changes for 2014 • Eligibility for Clinical Practitioner Research Fellowship • Emerging Researcher First Grant (Eligibility, Assessment) • NIs cannot be added after due date of Project EOI registration Details all updated in Peer Review Manual and CDA Peer Review Manual and Guidelines

  47. Any queries? • Peer Review Manual/CDA Peer Review Manual 2013 • Guidelines www.hrc.govt.nz info@hrc.govt.nz Email: firstinitialsurname@hrc.govt.nz