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Research funding opportunities

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Funding opportunities (administered by HRS/DSM)

CallFunding RoundsClosing dateDescription
MonthlyResearch Student SupportFirst Wednesday of every month by midday (12:00)To support postgraduate research students enrolled at DSM.
JanuaryThe James Hume Bequest15 March 2021For research in psychiatry by DSM or UoO School of Biomedical Sciences staff.
Applicants must be PBRF-eligible; appointed for min. 3 years (past & future).
FebruaryDSM – Research Equipment9 April 2021Up to $30,000 for new/replacement research equipment in DSM.
FebruaryDSM – Educational Equipment9 April 2021Up to $30,000 for new/replacement equipment for educational purposes in DSM.
AprilThe H.S. and J.C. Anderson Charitable TrustEvery 2 years
15 April 2022
Up to $50,000 for research into human disease by DSM or UoO School of Biomedical Sciences staff.
AprilOtago Medical School Foundation Trust Dean’s Bequest Round15 June 2021To support research projects of 12 months duration by PBRF-eligible DSM staff appointed for min. 3 years (past & future)

(excludes equipment >$5000, conference expenses)


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
15 July 2021

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.

JuneDSM – New Researcher Start-up Award15 August 2021

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

(excludes clinical academics eligible for the HRS-Research Support Award)

JuneHRS – Joint Clinical Academic Start-up Award15 August 2021

Research support for new joint appointees to

  • DSM (PBRF-eligible) and;
  • SDHB/SCL/Public Health South/other publicly funded clinical organization in Southern region

(≥0.2 FTE at each)

JulyThe HealthCare Otago Charitable Trust15 September 2021To support research clearly linked to specific health outcomes or benefits for the communities of Otago.

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Research Student Support Committee

Research students enrolled in a University of Otago post-graduate degree requiring completion of a research thesis can apply for funding to support their research via the Research Student Support Committee. The Research Student Support Committee meets the third Wednesday of every month to assess funding applications. The monthly deadline for submission of funding applications is the first Wednesday of every month at noon to the HRS.


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Subscribe to the HRS funding opportunities email list

Staff interested in receiving email notifications of upcoming funding opportunities or other research-related information can subscribe to our researcher email list

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