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Opportunities for HRC Funding 2015. Investment Processes. HRC Overview. Mission: Benefiting NZ through health research. Established as a Crown Entity by the Health Research Council Act (1990) Responsible to Minister of Health Funding mainly from Vote Science & Innovation through MBIE.

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mission benefiting nz through health research
Mission: Benefiting NZ through health research
  • Established as a Crown Entity by the Health Research Council Act (1990)
  • Responsible to Minister of Health
  • Funding mainly from Vote Science & Innovation

through MBIE

hrc secretariat
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
  • Dr Tania Pocock, Group Manager, Research Policy, Strategy & Evaluation
  • Dr Nuhisifa Seve-Williams, Project Manager, Pacific Health Research
  • Vivien Lovell, Group Manager, Business Systems

Finance & Corporate Services, Ethics, Communications, Research Partnerships

research investment streams

Research Investment Streams

Research Policy, Strategy & Evaluation

Dr Tania Pocock

research investment streams1
Research Investment Streams

Research for NZ Health Delivery

Immediate impact on health policy, clinical-decision-making &/or service delivery

End-users involved


Hauora Māori

Building Māori

knowledge &


to address

Māori health issues


Health and Wellbeing in NZ

Understanding health and preventing illness & injury

Improving Outcomes in Acute & Chronic Conditions in NZ


investment signals
Investment Signals


Scope (what’s in & what’s out)


Priorities (only HW and IOACC)

Research characteristics (RNZHD)


  • Research areas in scope
  • Research better aligned with other RIS
  • FAQ
hrc national science challenges
HRC & National Science Challenges
  • Investment signals & general guidelines updated to include National Science Challenges (NSC)
    • HRC “encourages research that can contribute to a NSC, as well as research on other health priorities, provided it is in scope for one of our investment signals”
  • HRC funding will complement the challenges
    • Research will not be excluded because not in NSC scope
    • Research will not be prioritised because in NSC scope
    • Applications assessed on own merits using existing HRC criteria
  • Read general guidelines & investment signals for further detail
hrc national science challenges1
HRC & National Science Challenges
  • HRC will ensure NSCs get maximum value from HRC-funded research
    • From 2015, successful applicants in scope for NSC will be encouraged to engage with NSC leads
    • HRC will monitor and report outcomes for HRC-funded research in scope for each NSC
    • HRC will identify opportunities for HRC-funded research to contribute to high-level outcomes sought by NSCs
selection of ris
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
avoid falling into wrong ris
Avoid Falling into Wrong RIS
  • 2015 SACs may penalise proposals in wrong RIS
    • Max score of 1 for ‘Impact’ criterion if ‘out of scope’
  • Read Investment Signals
  • Objectives
    • Support the long-term development of a health field
    • Fund research with strategic, long-term vision
  • Budget
    • $5M, 5 years
  • Assessed by Science Assessing Committee (SAC) and Programme Assessing Committee (PAC)
  • 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
  • 29 active programmes
r equirements for programme director
Requirements for Programme Director
  • PRG Director with ≤1 year remaining; or
  • PRG director in the last 5 years; or
  • First NI on ≥2 PRJ grants from HRC or equivalents begun in the last 4 years; or
  • First NI on 1 HRC project begun in the 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
application assessment process for programmes
Application & Assessment Process for Programmes

External review


15 Aug 2014


24 Feb-5 March 2015



15 Oct 2014



June 2015



Work to Research Office due dates!

  • 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, at average $0.4 M pa
    • FR2014: Average budget = $1.0 M
  • No limit to the number of EOIs
application assessment process for projects
Application & Assessment Process for Projects

External review


24 Feb-5 Mar 2015

EOI results:

6 Oct 2014

EOI open

16 June 2014


EOI end

16 July 2014


Full Application

19 Nov 2014


HRC Board

Work to Research Office due dates!

Outcome June 2015

emerging researcher first grant
Emerging Researcher First Grant

Application: 15 August – 26 September 2014

  • Budget: ≤$150,000 working expenses, ≤3 years
    • Excludes support for a postgraduate degree
  • Eligibility of PI (New):
    • No more than 6 years from attaining a postgraduate degree (but career breaks permissible0
    • Without a contract for research expenses of ≥$100,000 (by the time of assessing committee meeting)
  • Suitability of PI (New):
    • Evidence of establishing an independent research career
    • Extent to which the proposal represents an independent research stream
    • Ability to take overall responsibility
    • Plan for developing an independent research programme
  • FR2014 results: 14/43 applications (32.6%)
feasibility study
Feasibility Study

Application: 15 August – 26 September 2014

  • Objective: Support small studies that test feasibility issues affecting a planned, larger study
  • Budget: ≤$150,000, 12 months
  • Eligibility: Public health or clinical research
  • FR2014: 13/31 funded (41.9%)
processes for emerging researcher first grant feasibility study
Processes for Emerging Researcher First Grant/Feasibility Study

External review (ERFG)


15 Aug 2014

Rebuttal (ERFG)

13-23 Feb 2015


26 Sept 2014

Outcome May 2015



Work to Research Office due dates!

explorer grant
Explorer Grant

Application: 1 – 31 October 2014

  • Objective: provide seed support for transformative, innovative ideas at an early stage
  • Budget: <$150,000 working expenses, < 24 months
  • Eligibility: host support, RIS
  • FR2014: 4/24 funded (16.7%)

Application & AssessmentProcess for Explorer Grant


1 Oct 2014

Eligible proposal assigned


31 Oct 2014

Triage of proposal

Outcome May 2015

Random order of fundable proposal

Eligibility review


new online submission system hrc gateway
New Online Submission System, HRC Gateway
  • All NIs must have an account on HRC Gateway
  • To get an account, click on ‘Sign up for HRC Gateway’

After Sign Up

  • Update your profile information
  • Create applications to any open HRC funding round
  • Access applications that list you as a NI
    • You will be emailed when your name is added to a new application
  • Follow the progress of your applications
  • See your to do list
changes in eoi application process for 2015 annual funding round
Changes in EOI Application Process for 2015 Annual Funding Round
  • Submission of applications via HRC Gateway
  • Section 1 completed online
  • No separate registration closing date
  • Sections 2-5 of GA215S/RHM215S uploaded as pdf
  • File names generated by HRC Gateway

Project EOI Forms (GA215S, RHM215S)

  • Section 1: General Information (Type of Research)
        • completed online via HRC Gateway
  • Section 2: Proposed Research
  • Section 3: CV
  • Section 4: Lay Summary
  • Section 5: Research Classifications
eoi form ga215s section 2 proposed research
EOI Form: GA215S Section 2 Proposed Research

3 pages limit + 1 page for references

  • Rationale for Research
  • Design & Methods
  • Research Impact
  • Responsiveness to Māori
  • Expertise & Track Record
project full applications
Project Full Applications
  • Written feedback to EOI applicants
  • Full applications by invitation only

At full application stage:

  • Research must be substantially similar to that proposed in EOI
  • Adjustments to lay summary allowed (based on EOI feedback)
  • NIs can be substituted, HRC must be informed
hrc funding and ethical approval
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
  • Lana Lon, Project Manager Ethics
    • llon@hrc.govt.nz
research contract obligations1
Research Contract Obligations
  • Final reports from past 5 years required at full application
  • Media/News items (Suzy Botica: sbotica@hrc.govt.nz)

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

Online Reporting Process - Submission

Completed: NI click to finish report

  • Forwarded: NI forward report to RO (PDF generated)
  • Signed off: RO sign off report & submit to the HRC

Final Reports & Future Impact

  • Includes discoveries & achievements, workforce development & knowledge transfer
  • Help identify newsworthy findings & demonstrate the benefits of funding health research & continued investment
  • All outputs specific to contract – reported to Ministry
  • HRC retains final payments until satisfactory report received
  • Compliance could influence future funding success
career development awards1
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
clinical practitioner research fellowship
Clinical Practitioner Research Fellowship

Application: 5 June – 2 July 2014

  • 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
    • FR2014: 1/2 funded (50%)
sir charles hercus health research fellowship
Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowship

Application: 5 June – 2 July 2014

  • 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 years
  • Eligibility: Citizens/residents, 4-8 years post-PhD, 0.5-1.0 FTE
  • FR2014: 3/10 funded (30%)
clinical research training fellowship
Clinical Research Training Fellowship

Application: 5 June – 2 July 2014

  • 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
  • FR2014: 8/22 funded (36.4%)
foxley fellowship
Foxley Fellowship

Application: 5 June – 2 July 2014

  • 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


Girdlers’ New Zealand HRC Fellowship

APPLICATION see website

  • 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
  • Full information available from HRC
    • Including contact with previous recipients
    • Clerk of Girdlers’ Company
    • Advice on potential research groups willing to host Fellow
    • Also see www.gtc.ox.ac.uk
changes for 2015
Changes for 2015
  • Feedback for Hercus and Clinical Practitioner Fellowships
  • Emerging Researcher First Grant (Eligibility, Assessment)

Details all updated in

CDA Peer Review Manual /Peer Review Manual and Guidelines

tips for successful grant writing
Tips for Successful Grant Writing
  • Read application guidelines, investment signals and assessment criteria (PRM)
  • Ensure you have assembled a good team with appropriate FTE, skills and collaborations (e.g. biostatistician, health economist, etc.)
  • Begin writing your application well in advance of deadlines
  • Make your objectives clear, realistic and achievable
  • Include design and power calculation details at EOI stage
  • Highlight any preliminary data or experience with research-specific techniques
  • Include an appropriate budget and timeline
tips for successful grant writing1
Tips for Successful Grant Writing
  • Ensure to link your study outcomes with RIS goals
  • Demonstrate appropriate responsiveness to Māori
  • Demonstrate engagement with stakeholders and end-users
  • Clearly identify the roles of NZ NIs within multinational studies
  • SACs include a range of expertise, so write for a more general scientific audience
  • Incorporate EOI feedback into full applications
  • Check spelling, structure and grammar, and allow time for review, peer review and rewriting
any queries
Any queries?
  • Contact your Research Office
  • Peer Review Manual/CDA Peer Review Manual 2014
  • Guidelines



Email: firstinitialsurname@hrc.govt.nz