Who we are
New Zealand’s eight Medical Research Foundations form the largest independent research funders in New Zealand. Between them they fund research into a wide range of medical conditions and have invested millions of dollars into medical advances for Kiwis.
These foundations are committed to keeping our talented researchers working, and between them, invest in the complete spectrum of world-class medical research.
Without advances made through medical research, there would be no X-rays, antibiotics, no inhalers for people with asthma, no insulin for those with diabetes. Nor would there be advancements in cancer therapies, techniques to diagnose genetic malformations or vaccinations to prevent contagious diseases. There wouldn’t even be painkillers for a headache!
Talented Wellington medical researchers help transform lives
Research in your region
Auckland & Northland
The Auckland Medical Research Foundation provides funding across the complete spectrum of medical research from basic blue skies research to clinical trials and patient care. AMRF has an independently-endowed fund which covers administration and overheads, ensuring 100% of all donations goes directly to support research. Since being founded in 1955, the Foundation has committed more than $71m to medical research.
Over the past seven years the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation has funded more than $22million in research into some of the world’s most devastating conditions such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, heart disease, bowel disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis and Parkinsons. Focused on enabling world-class medical research, supporting both emerging and more experienced, researchers, the Foundation helps to retain talent in the region.
Through medical research we discover more to help nurture, care, protect and improve our health and quality of life. For more than five decades the Hawke’s Bay Medical Research Foundation has enabled people in the region’s health sector undertake research to help improve the health of their community. Many of these projects have formed recommendations that were adopted nationally and internationally.
The Otago Medical Research Foundation funds innovative world-class medical research carried out by our talented community of scientists, students, practitioners and lecturers. We provide scholarships and research grants, through annual funding rounds, that help retain top medical talent and intellectual property in Otago. Funding recipients contribute invaluable medical knowledge that is applied directly and used in teaching to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment for people in New Zealand and the world.
The Palmerston North Medical Research Foundation funds biomedical research. With its Public Hospital, Massey University and Fitzherbert Science Centres, the region has a significant number of scientists in this field. The Foundation promotes research that helps discover conditions conducive to health, causes of bodily and mental disorders, preventative or therapeutic strategies and prevention or treatment of disease. It also facilitates sharing biomedical scientific knowledge and research findings.
The Southland Medical Foundation was founded in 1966 to finance medical education and research in the Southland District. Nurses, doctors and healthcare workers are given grants to enlarge knowledge of their speciality. The Foundation also receives applications from health institutions for equipment. A substantial legacy left by Southland farmers William & Gwenda Sybil Dick, enables the Foundation to fund heart research at the University of Otago.
The Waikato Medical Research Foundation was established in 1986 to promote, encourage and sustain medical research in the Waikato region. It has supported studies of leukaemia, stroke, diabetes, head injury therapy, medically useful natural products, antibacterial properties of human breast milk and honey, asthma, breast cancer and coping with disability. This research is performed in major Waikato institutions including the University, Waikato Hospital, Ruakura Research Centre and WINTEC.
Research For Life (the Wellington Medical Research Foundation Inc. founded in 1960), provides seed funding for innovative quality research within Wellington’s world-renowned scientific institutions. Every great innovation has started with a question or idea. Grants to talented researchers in the early stages of their careers continue our tradition of internationally recognised breakthroughs in life-saving medical treatments impacting positively on the quality of healthcare in the Wellington region and beyond.
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