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

ANNOUNCEMENT about JUNE/JULY FUNDING ROUND 2021. The Trustees of the MPPT have decided to accept travel and conference support applications to the June/July funding round. While international travel to conferences remains unlikely for the remainder of this year, the Trustees are keen to support national and and local conferences which offer a platform for presentation of research and opportunities to listen to international plenary speakers via electronic media. Your travel application should include, in addition to information about your proposed presentation, details of the conference programme. The Trustees will also consider support for electronic ‘attendance’ at meetings outside of NZ which have registration fees. Note that the June/July funding round will not be open for Project and Equipment applications.

The Trustees will review the situation at their July Board meeting but it is likely, assuming little change in the current situation, that later this year they will again accept travel and conference support applications for national conferences and, as in previous years, applications for projects and equipment. The closing date for all categories is 1st October.

The upper limit of $20,000 for a Project or Equipment grant will remain unless there is well argued proposal to warrant a larger grant.

The MPPT Trust Board met on the 22 April to consider and approve applications for projects, equipment, travel and conference support. Thirty two Project and Equipment applications were received for the round, and 25 applications received grants-in-aid. The trustees approved total funding of $253,000.

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, notwithstanding that the Trustees may review the situation after July 2021, 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 instances 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.

In mid May the office of the Trust is moving from 89 to 81 Grafton Rd. 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 zn.tppm@tppm.

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,