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Translational Research Grant


The translation of research into products and services to benefit society is one of the aims of the Division of Health Sciences.

This grant is an initiative to assist researchers in the pursuit of research which translates into societal benefits.

Grant details

  • The value of the grant is NZ$50,000 (no overheads) or, if the selected project is eligible for seed funding, the value will be up to NZ$75,000 (no overheads)
  • All academic research staff in the Division of Health Sciences are eligible to apply
  • The grant is to be used by the successful applicant(s) to “prove the concept”
  • Otago Innovation Ltd  will work closely with successful applicants to plan and carry out research activities which will result in the proof of concept
  • The translational research aims to generate intellectual property which may result in a patent application
  • The funds will be transferred to the successful applicant(s) in tranches related to agreed milestones
  • Shortlisted applicants will present to a panel of expert judges (the judges’ decision is final)
  • Closing date for 2021 – Friday 25 June 2021

Grant application process

2020 winner has been announced:
Winning team from TRG competition

  1. Complete the Application Form: PDF version, Docx version
    Please use the Proof of Concept Grant form for TRG applications this year. Please note how you would scale your project to fit within the $50,000 TRG grant on the PoC application form.
  2. Seek advice (if required):
    Tel +64 3 479 3870
  3. Submit application to
  4. Applications shortlisted will present before the adjudication panel.

To speak with someone for advice

Otago Innovation Ltd
Tel +64 3 479 3870

Otago Innovation are assisting with enquiries on behalf of Professor Paul Glue (Associate Dean for Research Commercialisation).

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