THE MAURICE & PHYLLIS PAYKEL TRUST
The mandate of the Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust requires it to encourage the development of health-related research in New Zealand. It carries out this mandate by providing funds for research support under the four main headings listed below. Details of available funding rounds are given under each of these headings.
The Trust received 85 applications for grants-in-aid in its final funding round for 2013 and this time a majority (54%) were in the project/equipment category. The total sum requested by this group of 46 applicants was $1,504,792. There were 22 applications for the costs of research-related travel (totalling $103,118, and one application for conference support of $6,924. The overall total requested was $1,614,834. All applications were reviewed in detail and scored by the Scientific Committee prior to a meeting of the Trust Board on 28 November 2013.
Fifty-three new grants were approved by the Board, at an overall sum of $265,662 i.e. 16.5% of the total requested (compared with 18.9% in November 2012). Budgetary considerations meant that most grants were for lesser sums than the amounts requested by applicants. Sixteen of the grants were for projects and/or equipment items (totalling $225,934), thirty-eight were for research-related travel ($34,728) and one was for conference support ($5,000).
The Board also noted updated reports on its scholarships/fellowships programme and confirmed awards in 2013 for William Shelker (Phyllis Paykel Memorial Scholarship [Otago] Part 1) and Thomas Oliver (Phyllis Paykel Memorial Scholarship [Otago] Part 2).
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.