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

MARCH/APRIL FUNDING ROUND 2022. The funding round was completed in late April following a meeting of Trustees and notification of outcomes to all applicants. $275,517 was granted, mostly for Projects and Equipment, which was 44% of funds requested, notably a higher than usual success rate.

The number of applications for Travel and Conference Support was again much lower than pre-Covid but it is anticipated that there will be an increase in applications to the June/July funding round (closing 1 June) given the reduced restrictions on international travel by tertiary institutions and the removal of isolation requirements on return.

Applicants are remined that in late 2021 the Trustees approved, for 2022 and beyond, an increase in the upper limit for Project and Equipment grants from $20,000 to $25,000.

As previously advised, please note that if you have a previous grant for which a report is outstanding, you will not be able to access the application templates or submit through the portal until that missing report is submitted. If a report is outstanding you will see a notification when you log in to your dashboard. Note that submission of a report is sufficient to unlock the portal; approval of the report by your institution is not required for you to continue with your new application.

Applicants are reminded that there is a one year stand-down period for projects and travel. Further, applications for travel are only considered if the date of travel occurs after the relevant Board meeting. This means that there is no retrospective funding. In practice this will not affect the majority of applicants as there are three travel rounds each year (with closing dates of 1st March, 1st June and 1st October and with respective Board meetings and final decisions in mid to late April, July and November). In some situations applicants may need to apply slightly earlier than previously. These changes, and other changes on eligibility, are covered under the grant categories.

Scholarships and Fellowships funded by the Trust can be found under the Scholarships and Fellowships page. Further information, including stipends payable, is available from institutional graduate student offices that administer the Trust’s programmes. Following a review in late 2021, the Trustees increased the stipends for all fellowships and scholarships for 2022.

The office of the Trust is 81 Grafton Rd, Auckland. The phone number for the Trust is 09 379 5316 and the postal address is PO Box 110008 Auckland Hospital 1148. The email address for all Trust correspondence is

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,