Applying for research funding through the College

By Simone White, Senior Communications Advisor

29 January 2023

Category: College and members


REC funding overview

The College funds research and education that benefits general practice, rural general practice, and rural hospital medicine.  There are three funding rounds a year when the committee calls for research applications to be submitted.

You do not have to be a member of the College or a doctor to apply for REC funding, but the research topic does need to be relevant to general practice, rural general practice, or rural hospital medicine, so members and people working within a general practice are encouraged to apply.

Funding rounds and deadlines are advertised on the College website, in NZ Doctor, and in our weekly member newsletter, ePulse. Information on the funding rounds is also shared with external people, groups and organisations who pass on the information to their networks.

How to apply

All the information you need, including the application form can be found on the College website, along with the funding round dates, and previous research topics that have received funding.


Grants are typically between $5,000 and $20,000. Although up to $40,000 can be awarded. Individual and group applications can be submitted. Read more in the application guidelines and FAQs.

Your application should reflect one (or more) of the below domains:

  1. Advancing Māori health
  2. Achieving health equity
  3. Enhancing the practice of primary care through scientific discovery
  4. Meeting the needs of rural general practice and/or rural hospital medicine

Successful applicants are encouraged to submit their final papers into the Journal of Primary Health Care and submit an abstract to the annual College conference.

The Research and Education Committee

Dr Nina Bevin – Chair, and Te Akoranga a Māui representative
Dr Hemi Enright – Te Akoranga a Māui representative
Dr Stephan Lombard – NAC representative
Dr Sue Tutty – NAC representative
Dr Andrew Morgan – Board representative
Kylie McQuellin – staff representative
Louise Abolins – secretariat

To get in contact, email