What we do
AMRF Auditorium, University of Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences The AMRF Auditorium was made possible through a generous donation in 2012 from an AMRF benefactor.

AMRF Auditorium, University of Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences The AMRF Auditorium was made possible through a generous donation in 2012 from an AMRF benefactor.

The Auckland Medical Research Foundation (AMRF) was founded in 1955 to provide financial support for medical research. In the 1950’s research was primarily funded by Government agencies such as the Medical Research Council of New Zealand, with the majority of its funding going to researchers at Otago Medical School. A group of prominent Auckland medical specialists and businessmen saw the need to establish an Auckland based foundation in order to provide funding for local scientists and to foster the development of the Auckland Medical Research community.

The Foundation recognised the vital need for scientific work being undertaken alongside the heart of the medical community so it took a leading role in the establishment of a Medical School in the University of Auckland. This philosophy has underpinned the Foundation’s existence and to mark its 50th anniversary it played a major part in the opening of the AMRF Medical Sciences Learning Centre that houses two “museum” collections of anatomy and pathology. These have been of immediate and continuing benefit to the wide variety of students on the medical school campus, including medical, nursing, dental and health science students.

Research is an investment with risk. There is no guarantee of a positive outcome. Yet there is no other way to find out more about disease. Sometimes dividends are immediate – a better way of treating patients with a particular problem – but often the gains are hard won and a long term view must be taken.

Our Philosophy

We adhere to a philosophy which advocates that research enhances the standard of practice of medicine and that research is seen as the lifeline of medicine.

Our Objective

To promote research of high scientific value and purpose in order to improve the medical care of all New Zealanders.

Our Goal

To continue to grow sustainable funding to support medical research.

Our Pledge

Every dollar donated is committed to research.

Our Funding Area

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 the greater Auckland region or Northland.

Our Benefactor

AMRF is extremely lucky that we have an independently endowed fund from which the income received covers administration and overhead running costs for AMRF. This ensures that all other donations received go directly to support research and none to administration.

Our Track Record
2016 Grant Funding $ 3.62m
2015 Grant Funding $ 4.08m
2014 Grant Funding $ 3.43m
2013 Grant Funding $ 4.48m
2012 Grant Funding $ 2.73m
2011 Grant Funding $ 3.02m
2010 Grant Funding $ 3.30m

1955-2015   Total Grants Awarded   $ 67.6m

Our funding covers the full spectrum of medical and health sciences.

Our prime focus is to assist promising young scientists in getting a good start in medical and health research so that as many as possible will stay in New Zealand and others will be attracted back.

Many medical scientists who received AMRF funding in the early parts of their careers have subsequently gone on to establish international careers and be recognised with distinguished awards in New Zealand. These include:

Prof Innes Asher Respiratory Paediatrics
Sir Brian Barratt-Boyes Cardiothoracic Surgery
Prof Garth Cooper Molecular Endocrinology
Prof John Fraser Immunology
Prof Sir Peter Gluckman Paediatric Medicine
Prof Jane Harding Neonatology
Prof Kaye Ibbertson Endocrinology
Prof Sir Graham Liggins Paediatric Medicine
Prof Robyn North Obstetrics
AMRF Medical Sciences Learning Centre, University of Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Opened by the Prime Minister Helen Clark in 2005, the AMRF Medical Sciences Learning Centre was funded by the AMRF to celebrate the Foundation’s 50th Anniversary. The Centre has won a national architecture award and houses the medical school’s anatomy and pathology collections. It is used extensively by undergraduates in medicine, science and nursing from the University of Auckland and other tertiary education institutions, as well as registrars in pathology and radiology.

AMRF Medical Sciences Learning Centre, University of Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Opened by the Prime Minister Helen Clark in 2005, the AMRF Medical Sciences Learning Centre was funded by the AMRF to celebrate the Foundation’s 50th Anniversary. The Centre has won a national architecture award and houses the medical school’s anatomy and pathology collections. It is used extensively by undergraduates in medicine, science and nursing from the University of Auckland and other tertiary education institutions, as well as registrars in pathology and radiology.

Our selection standards have been uniformly high ever since 1955 thanks to a succession of highly qualified and experienced clinicians and scientists who donate their time to serve on our Medical Committee.

While most researchers receive government funding for their work, it is never sufficient. Without additional support from within the community and corporate sectors, many projects would not be able to be pursued. Currently, we are only able to fund approximately 20% of the grant applications we receive. We are committed to developing partnerships that will increase the proportion of grants that we are able to fund in the future. In particular, AMRF wishes to provide funding for emerging scientists in order to keep our brightest researchers in New Zealand and to attract those overseas to come home.

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