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 final meeting for 2016 in November and dealt with matters relating to all aspects of its work programme. An important agenda item was the discussion of applications in the October/November funding round and decisions on grants for the last round in 2016. Ninety-one applications had been received, requesting a total of $1,225,697. Of these, forty eight were for project/equipment grants, 40 for travel grants and 2 for the support of scientific conferences. Forty-nine new grants were approved by the Board, representing a commitment of $294,250, 24% of the total requested. Twenty-four grants were for project and/or equipment (totalling $262,745), twenty-four for research-related travel ($25,600) and one for conference support ($5,905).

The Trust also made minor changes to the details of some MPPT scholarships administered within the Universities of Auckland and Otago. Applicants should check the details with the Dean’s office in medical faculties at these universities. PhD students are reminded that from 2017 they will not be eligible to apply for travel grants on the MPPT website. The Trust has agreed to provide the Deans at Auckland and Otago with limited funding to assist with costs of conference travel. Information on these travel funds will be available in 2017 through the Dean’s office in these universities.

The November meeting of the Trust Board was the last to be attended by Dr Jim Hodge, who is retiring at the end of the year after almost 25 years as Director of the Trust. The new appointee being welcomed to this position is Dr Mervyn Merrilees, a Research Professor at the Auckland Medical School. Merv is well known as an active biomedical scientist and team leader within the Department of Anatomy and Medical Imaging. He is also an experienced research administrator, having worked with both the Auckland Medical Research Foundation and the National Heart Foundation. From next year Merv will be managing the MPPT Secretariat form its new office on the ground floor at 89 Grafton Road, Auckland.

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,