CMRF Priorities for Research Grants

To be awarded a grant the CMRF Scientific Assessing Committee must see the research application has the potential to support the ultimate goal of the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation, which is to advance the quality of health care by fostering the strength and excellence of health research in Canterbury. Applications will only be accepted from Researchers who are New Zealand citizens or a permanent resident, residing in New Zealand and have tenure or an employment contract with one of the Host Institutions listed below for the duration of their research.

Host Institutions

All applications must be supported by suitable host institutions in Canterbury. These include Canterbury University, Lincoln University, University of Otago – Christchurch, Canterbury District Health Board, NZ Brain Research Institute, CPIT, Burwood Academy, Laura Fergusson Trust and ESR (Christchurch).


Clinical Research Fellow – Paediatric

One award will be available annually of $40,000. This award will be for a grant in partial salary support to be available over a period of up to three years, for medical paediatric clinicians wishing to undertake clinical based research.

Apply for this Grant, or for more information click here, or email [email protected].


Clinical Research Fellow – Registar

One award will be available annually of $40,000. This award will be for a grant in partial salary support to be available over a period of up to three years, for registrars wishing to undertake clinical based research.

Apply for this Grant, or for more information click here, or email [email protected].


Clinical Research Fellow – Nursing

One award will be available annually of $40,000. This award will be for a grant in partial salary support to be available over a period of up to three years, for registrars wishing to undertake clinical based research.

Apply for this Grant, or for more information click here, or email [email protected].


Dame Malvina Major Travelling Fellowship

The purpose of the Fellowship is to support a non-medical/ allied health graduate working in child health services within Christchurch Hospital to visit a children’s hospital overseas. The applicant must be working full-time in the field of paediatrics and child health.

Apply for this Grant, or for more information click here, or email [email protected].


Special Funding Grant

The Foundation reserves the right to accept strong proposals from established research groups in Canterbury outside of its normal grant funding programme, under the condition that the proposal meets criteria set out above; including proposals for co-funding with other organisations.
See examples below:

Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery & Research – Maggie-Lee Huckabee: Stroke Recovery
Dr Martin Than: Emergency Care Fellowship
Associate Prof Nigel Anderson, Dr Nadia Mitchell, Prof David Mitchell: Gene Therapy in Batten Disease
Professor Margreet Vissers: Vitamin C in Breast Cancer

Apply for this Grant, or for more information click here, or email [email protected].


Don Beaven Travel Grant

This grant supports experienced medical researchers with an international reputation from Canterbury to visit research units in NZ or overseas for the purpose of the interchange of information, ideas or skills in their research field or to support a visit to Canterbury by selected medical research experts with an international reputation to advise or to exchange information, ideas or skills with medical researchers, research units or departments in Canterbury

Apply for this Grant, or for more information click here, or email [email protected].


Summer Studentships

Summer Studentships provide $5,000 to individual students to train during the summer break with a research team relevant to the CMRF objectives. Studentships are available to students from host universities carried out under the University of Otago, Christchurch and University of Canterbury Summer Studentship programme. Duration is usually 10 weeks. Applications should be submitted through our host institutions the University of Otago, Christchurch and Canterbury University.

Apply for this Grant, or for more information click here, or email [email protected].


Post Graduate Publishing Bursary

This bursary of $5000 supports thesis candidates after they have submitted their thesis for examination so as to prepare and submit papers for publication in journals of international standing. Three bursaries will be offered per annum from January 2018. The fund will remain open all year until such time as the allocation is exhausted.

Apply for this Grant, or for more information click here, or email [email protected].


Wine & Art Auction Event Grant

Each year, the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation hosts its premiere gala event, the Wine and Art Auction. This highly successful event raises significant funds for a specific medical research project annually. The selected group receives $100,000 from the auction.

Expressions of interest are sought yearly from January – March. For more information, email [email protected]


Travel Grant

Canterbury Medical Research Foundation will offer small research grants-in-aid of up to $5,000 to a total pool of $15,000 per annum, available to all researchers residing in Canterbury, New Zealand.

Apply for this Grant, or for more information click here, or email [email protected].


Grant in Aid

Canterbury Medical Research Foundation will offer small research grants-in-aid of up to $5,000 to a total pool of $15,000 per annum, available to all researchers residing in Canterbury, New Zealand.

Apply for this Grant, or for more information click here, or email [email protected].


Major Project Grant

CMRF has a policy of supporting emerging researchers, therefore applicants to our major project grant must have completed a PhD or fellowship within the ten years preceding the closing date of the grant round. Please note that this is measured in research experience (i.e. FTE equivalence), rather than calendar years 1-10 to allow for circumstances such as maternity leave, etc. The value of any grant is limited to a total $110,000. The Foundation will accept projects for a one or two year duration.

Apply for this Grant, or for more information click here, or email [email protected].


Does your research involve MRI Scanning?

If your research has an MRI component and you wish to use the New Zealand Brain Research Institute’s MRI Facility, please contact: Dr Tracy Melzer, New Zealand Brain Research Institute. Email: [email protected].

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