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Funding opportunities (administered by HRS / DSM )

Calls and application forms will be updated at least 2 months before the closing date.

Funding RoundsClosing dateDescription

DSM – Research Equipment

12 February 2024 Up to $30,000 for new/replacement research equipment in DSM .

The James Hume Bequest

27 February 2024 For research in psychiatry by DSM or UoO School of Biomedical Sciences staff.
Applicants must be PBRF -eligible; appointed for min. 2 years (past and future).

The H.S. and J.C. Anderson Charitable Trust

26 March 2024 Up to $50,000 for research into human disease by DSM or UoO School of Biomedical Sciences staff.

Otago Medical School Foundation Trust Dean's Bequest Round

TBA To support research projects of 12 months' duration by PBRF -eligible DSM staff appointed for min. 3 years (past and future) (excludes equipment >$5000, conference expenses)

DSM – New Researcher Start-up Award


Research support for new DSM academic staff ( PBRF -eligible, ≥0.4 FTE ; within 2 years of starting employment)

(excludes clinical academics eligible for the HRS -Joint Clinical Academic Start-up Award)

HRS – Clinical Academic Establishment Award

12 February 2024

6 May 2024

12 August 2024

11 November 2024

Research support for new clinical academics who are employees of the Dunedin School of Medicine and/or Te Whatu Ora Southern.  Eligibility assessments are considered quarterly by the HRS Board.
DSM – Postgraduate Scholarships:            
– The Dunbar Research Scholarship
– The Emily Johnston Scholarships for Research in Science and Art of Clinical Medicine
– The Frances G. Cotter Scholarship for Research in Medicine
– The Lady King Scholarship
11 September 2024 To support students undertaking a postgraduate research degree at DSM .

Each scholarship has a particular research focus and eligibility requirements – please see the Call for Applications.

The HealthCare Otago Charitable Trust

4 September 2024 To support research clearly linked to specific health outcomes or benefits for the communities of Otago.


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