mppt-logo-02The Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust encourages the development of health-related research in New Zealand by providing funds for research support.

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News for applicants

The Office of the MPPT has moved from Parnell to Grafton and our contact details have changed. The office is at 89 Grafton Rd, the new phone number is 09 379 5316, the postal address is PO Box 110008 Auckland Hospital 1148, and the email address for all Trust correspondence is now zn.tppm@tppm.  

The Trust Board held its first meeting for 2017 in April and dealt with a wide range of matters relating to all aspects of its work programme. Central to the Trust’s work is support for research and the Board discussed applications to the March/April funding round. Ninety six applications had been received, requesting a total of $919,801. Of these 35 were for project/equipment grants, 53 for travel grants and 8 for support of scientific conferences. Fifty seven new grants were approved by the Board, totalling $243,750. Nineteen grants were for projects and/or equipment (totalling $186,000), 33 for research-related travel ($41,750), and 5 for conference support ($16,000).

The Trust also discussed and confirmed the change to travel grant eligibility announced last year. As from 2017, PhD students will no longer be eligible for travel grants on the MPPT website. For further details about eligibility please look under Travel Grants on this website. Applicants for Fellowships and Scholarships should also note the minor changes made late last year.

Updates will be posted in this box at the conclusion of each MPPT funding round and at other times as necessary. Advance notice will also be provided if any changes to the Trust’s research-support programmes are planned.

About the Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust

The Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust was established in 1973 by the late Mr. Maurice Paykel, philanthropist and co-founder of the Fisher and Paykel group of companies.

It is a charitable trust dedicated to the improvement of health through the support of research and sponsorship of research trainees in the health-related sciences.

The trust began distributing funds in 1975. Grants have been allocated each year since 1977, supporting projects in a broad range of health fields. A scientific committee assists the Trust Board with the ranking and selection of projects for financial support.

In 1980 the trust was incorporated as a charitable body under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957.

Maurice Paykel 1914 – 2002 »




Purpose of the Trust

The trustees have discretionary use of trust funds to advance medical or paramedical science, including research and education.

In practice, most expenditure is on research projects and the training of health research workers, including travel to scientific meetings and attendance at training courses.


Charitable Donations

The Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust was originally empowered to make a limited number of general charitable donations each year, but lost this ability when Maurice Paykel died in 2002. Since then the sole function of the trust has been to support health research.

Another trust was established by Mr Paykel to provide an independent source of funds for general charitable donations. This is a separate charitable body, incorporated in 1982 and known as the Maurice Paykel Charitable Trust. Further information about this trust is available on its website,