The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) established the Research Partnerships for New Zealand Health Delivery (RPNZHD) initiative to inform practice or system change and improvement, and support decision making in the area of health delivery in New Zealand.
The 2016 Request for Proposals (RFP) for this initiative aims to fund high quality research partnerships that position research within practice or service delivery, and provide innovative and workable solutions to health and disability challenges that face New Zealand. The focus is on ensuring timely knowledge transfer and implementation.
Applications to this RFP will be submitted via a two-stage process. The first stage is an Expression of Interest (EOI) submission, which is submitted via HRC Gateway. The EOI has the following sections:
- EOI Section 1 – Registration – applicants are firstly required to complete a web-based form that is due by 1pm, Thursday, 18 August 2016. This information will form Section 1 of the EOI application.
- EOI Section 2 – Research Proposal – applicants are then required to complete an application form (using the EOI216-RPNZHD) that is uploaded via HRC Gateway and is due by 1pm, Thursday, 1 September 2016.
- EOI Section 3 – NZ Standard CVs – CVs for the first named investigator and first named decision maker are also required to be uploaded and submitted via HRC Gateway (due by 1pm, Thursday, 1 September 2016).
Following assessment of the EOI by an assessing committee, successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application in late October/early November.
A unique feature of the RPNZHD is the requirement for researchers to work in collaboration with health delivery decision makers, and for these decision makers to be involved throughout the research process, increasing the likelihood for effective knowledge transfer. The organisation to which the decision maker belongs is also required to make a minimum contribution of at least 25 per cent (financial or in-kind) towards the research costs.
A funding pool of approximately $800,000 (exclusive of GST) is available for allocation. The funding per proposal is up to a maximum of $200,000 (exclusive of GST, and exclusive of the organisational contribution) and for a duration of up to 18 months.