New Zealand Grants – New call for proposals now open: COVID-19 equity response

The 2020 COVID-19 Equity Response Call is aimed at ensuring that 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, services and practice that ensures equitable health and wellbeing outcomes for our diverse communities during outbreaks of infectious diseases, epidemics and pandemics.

Two distinct funding opportunities are available:

Community Action Grants:
These are intended to support communities to partner with experienced health researchers to investigate a well-defined area of health and wellbeing need that's been identified or anticipated in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The maximum value of this grant is $250,000 (exclusive of GST) over a duration of 12 months.

Project Grants:
These are intended to support Aotearoa New Zealand’s capacity and capability to respond to COVID-19 and future infectious disease threats, with a clear line of sight to how the research will drive reduction in inequities in health and wellbeing. The maximum value of this grant is $1,000,000 (exclusive of GST) over a duration of 24 months.

The scope of research is broad, with applications encouraged across all disciplines that are relevant to health and wellbeing, including the social sciences and humanities.

A funding pool of $8.3 million (exclusive of GST) is available. This includes $3.3 million (exclusive of GST) for research that is Māori-led and intended to support equitable health and wellbeing outcomes for Māori. Within this funding pool, the HRC expects to fund multiple proposals, across the two funding opportunities.

Registrations for this call close on 18 September 2020 (1pm). Full applications close on 25 September 2020 (1pm).

All the information needed to register and apply for this call, including application forms and guidelines, is now available on HRC Gateway.