New Zealand – COVID-19 and future infectious disease threats: new funding round focused on equity, resilience and recovery coming soon
The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) has issued a preliminary announcement of a new funding initiative aimed at ensuring equity in health and wellbeing is at the centre of Aotearoa New Zealand’s preparedness for, and response to, current and future infectious disease threats.
Research funded through this call will contribute to the development of policy and practice that ensures equitable health and wellbeing outcomes for our diverse communities during outbreaks of infectious diseases and national pandemics.
A total of $8.3 million will be made available to fund a range of research proposals. This includes $3.3 million for research that is Māori-led and leads to equitable health outcomes for Māori.
The call will include two funding opportunities:
- Grants of shorter duration to support communities to partner with experienced health researchers to investigate a well-defined area of health and wellbeing need identified or anticipated as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will include research for the purpose of knowledge generation, putting knowledge into action, and health service development or policy development.
- Grants of longer duration intended to support Aotearoa New Zealand’s capacity and capability to respond to future infectious disease threats, with a clear line of sight to how the research will drive reduction in inequities in health and wellbeing outcomes among our diverse communities.
The scope of the call will be inclusive of all research disciplines relevant to health and wellbeing, and will welcome the transformative power of teams that include multiple disciplines, including the humanities. Research proposals will be expected to address one of the following broad themes: biological or social determinants of health, mental health and wellbeing, health promotion, access to appropriate services, health service delivery, community resilience and innovation, and Pacific health. A clear line of sight to change will be sought.
Full details of the funding call will be announced next month. Researchers are encouraged to start preparing to develop research proposals that respond to this call, as the timeframe for submission and review of applications will be shorter than usual HRC project rounds. Note that a commitment to the principles of equity must be demonstrated in the execution of the projects, not only in the research topics; and we will be taking a broad and holistic view of research excellence when assessing proposals.
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