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Project & Equipment Grants support research projects in any field relevant to human health, including basic biomedical sciences. These grants normally provide funds for up to one year, although longer periods will be considered where justified.

Am I eligible?

If you’re a qualified research worker in a health science field in New Zealand, yes.

If successful with your application there will be a one year stand-down period before you can apply again. During the stand-down period you may apply for a travel grant.

Note that the Trust gives preference to graduates with a proven record of research productivity and access to suitable facilities for their research. Applications are not accepted from PhD or Masters students.

Ask the Trust’s office if you’re not sure whether you or your proposal are eligible.

 

When can I apply?

Applications for Project & Equipment Grants are considered at meetings in April and November each year, and applications can be created and submitted online in the eight weeks or so prior to these dates:

  • 1 March
    for the April meeting of the Trust Board
  • 1 October
    for the November meeting

N.B. University/institutional applicants should advise their Research Office of their intention to apply at least 10 business days before the above deadlines. Remember that institutions will have their own internal guidelines which must be followed.

 

When will I hear the outcome?

Funding decisions are made by the Trust Board at its next meeting – usually during the month following each funding round closing date (usually about 6-8 weeks after that date). All applicants are then notified by email. The MPPT office will also send copies of notification letters by post if these are specifically requested by applicants.

 

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What are these grants for?

Project Grants provide limited research support for individuals or groups working in any health-related sciences, including the fields of public health and health education. Support is usually sufficient to provide only for running costs of the research and/or some necessary equipment, but limited salary support may also be provided on special justification. Project grants are usually for one year, but exceptionally the Trust may support a project for up to two years.

Equipment Grants assist with the purchase of larger equipment items for shared use within a research institution. Justification depends on the needs of the research field and the institution, as well as on the merits of individual research projects.

 

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Reports

If you receive a Project & Equipment grant, the Trust would like a brief report at the conclusion of the project, primarily to help it better manage future applications. The Trust doesn’t require progress reports during research projects, or where the grant was provided for the purchase of multi-user research equipment.

There’s no fixed format for your report, but it should include:

  • The names and addresses of principal investigators.
  • The title and original objectives of the research.
  • A summary of progress made towards these objectives.
  • A list of scientific publications arising from the research.
  • Possible future research directions.
  • Comment on budget, noting any particular benefit provided by the MPPT grant.
  • Any general comment which might assist the Trust with future management of its grants programme.

The report should be uploaded to your MPPT user account. Once you’ve logged in the report form can be accessed through a menu item on your dashboard.

If you have any questions, please contact the MPPT office.

How do I apply?

  1. Create an account
    Your online account lets you create, submit and manage applications. You can also review previous applications, keep your profile and contact details up to date, and upload any reports arising from grants you have received.
  2. Complete the application form
    The online application form will require you to upload one or more documents in support of your application. Please refer to the Document guidelines below.
  3. Provide required approvals
    If you’re based in a university, you should check with the university research office to confirm local requirements before submitting an application. Note also that, if your application is successful, ethical approval must be finalised before funding can be made available.

Document guidelines

  1. Your primary application document should be no more than ten pages, with one-line spacing in paragraphs and a font size of 11pt. These pages should be arranged in the following order:
    • A one page overview of the project in lay language, indicating a timetable for the research and giving its relevance to human health and scientific knowledge.
    • Up to four pages describing the research in scientific terms, with key references.
    • A one page budget that includes justification of requested items in order of priority, and a note of other funding you have obtained or are seeking for the research.
    • Up to four pages with brief biographical details of yourself and up to two principal investigators, including qualifications, relevant experience and publications in the past five years.
  2. You should obtain the opinions of two appropriate referees, scan them and upload them. These referees should ideally be expert in the field of your intended research, but not be your collaborators and preferably not be working at the same institution.
  3. You may attach any other documents you believe are essential to a full understanding of your application.
  4. Note that each application has a limit of 2MB for all attached documents. If you’re unable to compress the necessary information sufficiently, contact the MPPT office.