Research and Development Funds

​​​​​Hamilton is New Zealand’s world leader in a number of research spheres ranging from Agriculture, IT through to the strong health sector. The following links and funds are relevant if you are looking for research support for your organisation or studies.

Health Research Council of New Zealand

The HRC supports research that has the potential to improve health outcomes and delivery of healthcare, and to produce economic gain for New Zealand.
We allocate the majority of funds through an annual funding round to independent research projects that are researcher initiated. Requests for Proposals are also issued when we wish to support research in a particular area. A range of awards are available to support the career development of emerging health researchers, and Māori and Pacific researchers.

Callaghan Innovation - Regional Partners

Callaghan Regional Partners is there to provide support and assist organisations focused on Research and Development access information, funding, training and development services. Callaghan Innovation is about helping businesses build innovation capability. The fund-finder link is also a very good way to research funds that may be applicable to your business and/or research.

The Royal Society of New Zealand

The Royal Society has this excellent link for funds/support for organisations/researchers looking for assistance to take their ideas to the world.

The Royal Society also administers the Marsden Fund. The fund was established to support excellent fundamental research that will benefit society as a whole by contributing to the development of researchers with knowledge, skills and ideas. The research is not subject to government’s socio-economic priorities, but is investigator initiated. The Fund supports research excellence in science, engineering and maths, social sciences and the humanities. Competition for grants is intense. Marsden is regarded as the hallmark of excellence for research in New Zealand.

WEL Energy Trust

WEL Energy Trust was formed in 1993 for the purpose of holding shares in the newly created lines company WEL Energy Group. The Trust is now a 100% shareholder of WEL Networks Ltd​, as the group is now known, and owns these shares on behalf of the community. 

Since its inception the Trust has supported the return of over $220 million to WEL Networks customers through a discount on individual electricity accounts and has invested over $60 million in community and energy efficiency grants.

WEL Energy Trust has set aside $400,000 annually to support projects that specifically improve business and economic development opportunities in the Waikato.

The new allocation aimed at not-for-profits is part of the Trust’s wider community support grants scheme

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