Fund your research

The College funds research and education that benefits general practice, rural general practice, and rural hospital medicine. People don’t need to be doctors or members of the College to apply and there are three funding rounds a year.

Grants are typically $5,000 - $20,000 for individuals but up to $40,000 can be awarded. Our preference is to award to individuals, but organisations will also be considered.

Up to 15 grant applications will be considered by the Research and Education Committee (REC) at each meeting on a first-come, first-served basis. Any applications received after the first 15 will be held over to the next meeting (check the timeline below to see when the next meeting is).

What we will fund

We're looking for applications that reflect the five key areas of Te Rautaki the College’s Statement of Strategic intent. These are:

  • supporting our members
  • becoming a contemporary and sustainable organisation
  • improving health equity in New Zealand
  • education excellence
  • quality general practices.

In the past we have funded research on diabetes management and primary care, rural placements of health professionals, a clinician survey of STI management methods, the impact of Health and Disability Commission complaints and investigations and bullying in the GP workforce.

Please note: you don't need to be a member of the College, or have a login, to use this form. Many of our applications come from nurse practitioners.

2023 application dates

Applications open Applications close

1 February 2023

15 March 2023

10 May 2023

21 June 2023

2 August 2023

13 September 2023

Each successful applicant will be required to provide an abstract to the Committee, which the College can use to promote your research. We also encourage successfully funded researchers to submit their papers to the Journal of Primary Health Care or submit an abstract to the annual College conference.

Professor Ross Laurenson (right) chats to a colleague at GP21: the conference for general practice
Professor Ross Laurenson (right) chats to a Dr Luke Bradford GP21: the conference for general practice