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

This year the Trust has been carrying out a detailed review of the funding it provides for scholarships in Auckland and Otago. Several changes to detail have been recommended and these have now been accepted by the trustees. They will be discussed with University staff and then notified more widely prior to implementation in 2017.

The trustees have also been discussing the access of PhD students to the MPPT travel grants programme. Applications from PhD students now account for almost half of all applications for travel grants and are continuing to grow in number at each funding round. It has been decided reluctantly that student access to the programme will be discontinued from the end of 2016. To replace this, an annual sum to support travel by PhD students will be offered to Deans of the medical Faculties in Auckland and Otago. The criteria for use of these funds are currently being finalised and details will be notified later.

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,