The current funding opportunities are available below.
When you need to contact us
Staff are reminded that every application for external research funding needs to come through the Research and Enterprise Office. If you are not sure, please call and we will be able to advise you. All grant applications and proposals must be accompanied by a completed, signed internal budget. Completed documents must be passed on to the Research & Enterprise Office who will submit them on behalf of the researcher(s).
Please inform your Research Advisor if you intend to apply as Principal Investigator for any contestable funding, whether advertised here or not, at the beginning of the development of your application. The same situation exists if you have been approached by researchers at another institution/organisation to collaborate on a funding proposal where Otago is not the lead institution and/or is not submitting the proposal. Contact details for Research Advisors are given below.
University of Otago Research Grants (UORG)
Applications for University of Otago Research Grants, administered centrally by the Research Committee, are invited once per year for requests in excess of:
- $2,500 for Humanities disciplines
- $5,000 for Social Sciences disciplines
- $10,000 for the Life, Human and Biomedical, Physical and Clinical and Public Health Sciences.
Applications are considered by panels established by the Research Committee, taking into account the excellence of the research proposed, the research record of applicants and the overall research perspectives of the University. The Research Committee will give special consideration to grants which enable eligible staff to develop a research profile to the extent that they become better able to compete for externally funded grants and also to support excellence in research and scholarship for which external funds are not readily available. Grants are generally for one year but a small portion of the money is available for two or three year projects.
The Committee gives special consideration to applications from early career staff.
The application round for these grants occurs annually in around June/July. Please see the Research Forms site (http://www.otago.ac.nz/research/forms/) for the forms and guidelines.
Major equipment grants
The announcement of a new round is sent out electronically to Pro-Vice-Chancellors, Deans and Heads of Departments early each year.
Guidelines and application forms are available from the Researcher’s Toolkit Forms: (http://www.otago.ac.nz/research/forms/4_University_of_Otago_Forms_Guidelines/ )
For information on Māori consultation please visit http://www.otago.ac.nz/research/maoriconsultation/index.html
Ethics and Regulatory Consents
For information on Ethics and Regulatory Consents please visit http://www.otago.ac.nz/research/proposals/index.html
Costings and Consents worksheet
A University of Otago Costings and Consents Worksheet (CCW) is required for all applications, signed by the applicant, their Head of Department/Resource Centre and their Dean/PVC, in accordance with University policy on externally funded research. You can download the latest version of our CCW. For advice on the use of the CCW to develop costings for your project, please contact your Research Advisor.
The University of Otago Policy Document on Externally Funded Research outlines both the need for and the usage of the CCW.
Research news and upcoming funding opportunities
If you would like the Research Opportunities emailed out to you weekly, you can join the ResearchInfo List. You can subscribe to the List by going to http://lists.otago.ac.nz/listinfo/researchinfo and enter in your email address, your name, and then click on Subscribe. If you have any problems subscribing please contact the Research and Enterprise Office.
Checklist for submitting grant proposals
- Copy of the application (signed by applicant, and HoD/Dean if requested by funder)
- University of Otago Costing & Consents Worksheet (CCW) (signed by applicant, HoD and Dean/AVC, including copies of ethical/regulatory approvals)
The Research and Enterprise Office then obtains the authorised signature of the University for you, copies the application, and sends it to the funding body by the due date.
For further information, advice and assistance regarding anything to do with contestable research funding, please contact the Research Advisor for your Division/Department:
Division of Health Sciences
Microbiology and Immunology, Pharmacology and Toxicology
Dr Natalie Harfoot
Tel 64 3 479 459164 3 479 4591
Bioethics, General Practice & Rural Health, Psychological Medicine, Women's & Children's Health, Preventive & Social Medicine
Tel 64 3 470 903064 3 470 9030
Anatomy, Dentistry, Physiology
Dr Eric Lord
Tel 64 3 479 4592
Biochemistry, Medicine, Pathology, Surgical Sciences
Dr Edwin Meijerink
Tel 64 3 479 4190
Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Preventive & Social Medicine
Tel 64 3 479 4043
University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC)
Tel 64 3 378 6370
Wellington School of Medicine & Health Sciences (WSMHS)
Division of Sciences
Applied Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Food Science, Human Nutrition, Mathematics & Statistics, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology
Tel 64 3 479 8484
Botany, Geology, Marine Science, Surveying, Zoology
Tel 64 3 479 7717
Division of Humanities
Division of Humanities (except CSAFE)
Dr Marjolein Righarts
Tel 64 3 479 4173
Division of Commerce
School of Business, CSAFE
Dr Gabrielle Hine
Tel 64 3 479 5934
Dunedin Research and Enterprise Office
Tel 64 3 479 5294<
Tel 64 3 479 9093
Tel 64 3 479 8413
Tel 64 3 479 5671