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 108 applications for grants-in-aid in its first round for 2013. Forty-one of the applications were for project/equipment grants (seeking a total just under $1.2M), 64 were travel grant applications ($176,625) and four were applications for conference support ($31,400). Two applications for travel grants were withdrawn during the assessment period and all other applications were reviewed in detail and scored by the Scientific Committee prior to a meeting of the Trust Board on 30 April 2013.
Fifty-three new grants were approved by the Board. Budgetary considerations meant that most of these were as usual for lesser sums than the amounts requested by applicants. Eighteen of the grants were for projects and/or equipment items (totalling $164,813), thirty-three were for research-related travel ($45,224) and two were for the support of conferences ($7,000).
The Board was pleased to confirm scholarships/fellowships in 2013 for the following candidates: Dr Erin Cawston (Maurice Paykel Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Auckland); Michael Plunkett (Phyllis Paykel Memorial Scholarship Part 2); Debbie Wilson and Olivia Maclaren (Scholarships in Health Sciences, Auckland University of Technology); Caitlin Batt, Nicholas Erskine and Isaac Tranter-Entwhistle (Research Awards in Medical Sciences, University of Otago).
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.