How to apply

Grant categories and applications

The purpose of the Foundation is to improve the health of New Zealanders through funding the highest quality medical research of all kinds.

The AMRF research funding area is limited to all recognised tertiary institutions and DHB’s in the greater Auckland and Northland region. The funding area may be extended outside this region only if hosted by a principal investigator who is a member of an Auckland tertiary institution or a DHB clinical unit in Auckland or Northland.

Several categories of funding are available.

Please refer to the specific guidelines for each funding application and check the submission dates. Please note that host institutions may have earlier internal deadlines.

Applications can be made through the Auckland Medical Research Foundation’s portal.


Each year the Foundation provides funding to support medical research projects for durations of up to two years duration and a maximum of $160,000. The Foundation is committed to funding excellence and has an established policy of supporting emerging researchers.

Douglas Goodfellow Repatriation Fellowship

The Douglas Goodfellow Repatriation Fellowship is a special award to facilitate the return to New Zealand of mid-career medical researchers of outstanding potential to expand the scale and scope of New Zealand medical research. Fellows will be expected to carry out research at the highest level.


The Postdoctoral Fellowships provide two years support for outstanding science or medical graduates with New Zealand residency, permanent residency or citizenship who hold a doctoral degree of not more than five years standing at the time of initiating the Fellowship, irrespective of the University from which their PhD was conferred.

Three additional named Fellowships provide support for science or medical graduates who wish to undertake full-time medical research for a PhD. These are the Ruth Spencer, the Isaacs and the Douglas Goodfellow Medical Research Fellowships. Applications will be called for when each Fellowship falls vacant, usually one every three years.

Doctoral scholarships

The Foundation offers Doctoral Scholarships each year to students with New Zealand residency, permanent residency or citizenship enrolled or enrolling for a PhD or for a Masters degree in medical science. The research topic must be relevant to medicine or medical science and the applicant’s academic record will be taken into account by the Medical Committee.

Travelling fellowships

The Foundation offers two Travelling Fellowships; the Wilton Henley Memorial Travelling Fellowship and the Gavin and Ann Kellaway Medical Research Fellowship. These Fellowships are for the support of senior medically qualified, or established medical research persons, who would gain value from further study abroad, or in furthering their research expertise and knowledge at an approved overseas research institution.


Travel grants provide support for medical researchers who wish to present their research at a meeting or conference. Funds may also be provided to support a training course on research methods and/or for visiting a laboratory to learn a new research technique.

Other funds and awards

The Sir Douglas Robb Memorial Fund is for the support of small projects which would normally have a medical background, but which need not be strictly “medical research”. For example, the fund has been used to enhance medical libraries, to fund overseas speakers at medical conferences, and to assist in publication of papers relating to medical research.

The Sir Harcourt Caughey Award provides funds up to $25,000 for recipients who may (i) be a graduate of New Zealand who, having trained in research overseas, is returning to New Zealand to a part-time appointment in Auckland and who has sufficient experience in research to deserve part-time support (or similar to a part-time Senior Research Fellowship) in such research; or (ii) be a New Zealand medical graduate in Auckland who is deserving of assistance to train in a specific field overseas and to undertake research in that area, especially where there is a local deficiency in expertise in that field; or (iii) be sufficiently prestigious in a particular field of medical knowledge and/or research to visit Auckland, normally for 3-4 weeks, to foster interest and research in that specialty.

Check back regularly for updated applications and guidelines.

Apply now

Click the button on the left to access the AMRF Portal.

Guidelines for applicants

Guidelines for each of the grant types are available at this link.

Help with grant writing

The article ‘Art of Grantsmandship’ by Jack Kraicer, although published in 1997, is still relevant for today’s grant writers and is available at this link.



Submission of all grant applications must be made through the online AMRF Portal.


2017 Applications

Applications must be received by the AMRF on the portal by 5pm on the closing date.

Please note that host institutions may have earlier internal deadlines.

Clicking ‘Submit’ on your application form sends it to your host institution. They will then complete their requirements, before officially submitting it to the AMRF. Your host institution compliance process takes time so please adhere to internal deadlines to ensure your application reaches the AMRF by 5 pm on the closing date.

Round Grant type Opening date Closing date Decision date
1 Travel (for travel after 1 April) 25/11/2016 25/01/2017 7/03/2017
Gavin and Ann Kellaway Medical Research Fellowship
Sir Harcourt Caughey Award
2 Project 08/12/2016 08/03/2017 26/06/2017
3 Travel (for travel after 1 October) 26/04/2017 26/07/2017 5/09/2017
Gavin and Ann Kellaway Medical Research Fellowship
Sir Harcourt Caughey Award
4 Doctoral Scholarship 09/05/2017 09/08/2017 31/10/2017
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Douglas Goodfellow Medical Research Fellowship
Douglas Goodfellow Repatriation Fellowship
5 Project 30/05/2017 30/08/2017 12/12/2017


Please note that these dates may be subject to change, as could the types of applications we are able to offer throughout the year. Please check back regularly to see if any changes have been implemented.

In 2017 the AMRF will not be calling for applications for the following grants:
· Isaacs Medical Research Fellowship
· Ruth Spencer Medical Research Fellowship
· Jean Cathie Research Fund – Project (for tinnitus research)
· Jean Cathie Research Fund – Fellowship (for tinnitus research)
· Sir Douglas Robb Memorial Fund
· Wilton Henley Memorial Travelling Fellowship

Submission of all grant applications must be made through the online AMRF Portal.


For enquires about submission dates and processes please contact the Research Programme Manager at or 09 923 1706.



Grant holder reporting instructions

For all grants awarded awarded post-January 2014 (submitted through the Portal)

Please refer to your award letter for reporting requirements, and submit your Annual and Final reports through the portal.

To do this, log into the portal and open the relevant grant application. Towards the top right, there are a set of tabs. Click on the ‘Reports’ tab. Then click on New Annual Report or New Final Report. This will open a dialogue box for you to complete your report. When you submit your report it will go through to your Host Institution’s Research Office for approval prior to being sent to the AMRF.

For all grants awarded prior to January 2014 (not submitted through the Portal)

Annual Reports: Please email a 100-200 word progress report through to on or before 31 March each year.

Final Reports: Please use the Final Report Form when submitting your final report for Project grants, Douglas Goodfellow Repatriation Fellowship, Postdoctoral Fellowships, Doctoral Scholarships and Ruth Spencer, Isaacs and Douglas Goodfellow Medical Research Fellowships. For all other grant types awarded pre-January 2014, please refer to your award letter for the format of the final report.

Please email your report as a Word or Word-converted PDF document and your photograph (if applicable) through to You should also ensure you fulfill your host institution’s Research Office requirements for final reporting.