NEWS RELEASE: 9 February 2016
Wellington Medical Researchers invited to apply for Research & Travel Grants
The Wellington Medical Research Foundation invites Wellington-based medical researchers to apply for research and travel grants. The closing date for the Foundation’s next round of grant applications is Tuesday, 15 March 2016.
Last year, the Foundation made 19 research grants and 11 travel grants worth $202,000 in total.
Established in 1960, the Foundation funds innovative quality research undertaken by researchers in the early stages of their careers who, through their work, will advance the quality of healthcare in the Wellington region and beyond.
Foundation president Prof. John Nacey said, “We’re particularly interested in supporting and encouraging young, talented people engaged in medical and biomedical research. Current grant recipients are undertaking research funded by the Foundation at the Wellington School of Medicine, Victoria University of Wellington and the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research.
“The Foundation has funded work in many areas including research into cancer, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, diabetes and obesity, multiple sclerosis, stroke therapy and conditions of particular concern in the Wellington region, such as asthma. This research, supported by the Foundation, is vital to achieving continuing improvements in health outcomes in the community.”
This year, the Foundation is embarking on a programme to broaden its support base and to this end has launched a new website ‘Research for Life’.
“Research for Life better describes the purpose behind and work of the Foundation and will become the public face of the Foundation. The new website will describe the research we’re supporting in Wellington and the potential for helping New Zealanders live better.
“While we continue to provide a great deal of support to our researchers, we’re looking forward to fostering an increasing level of support over the next few years with the aim of enhancing our ability to work in partnership with the research community and increase the number of grants we make to local researchers.”
About Research for Life
Research for Life is the public face of the Wellington Medical Research Foundation.
Supporting innovative quality research with a focus on funding those researchers in the early stages of their careers, who – through their work – will advance the quality of healthcare in the Wellington region and beyond.
Role of the Foundation
Research for Life (Wellington Medical Research Foundation) is dedicated to supporting and encouraging young, talented people to engage in medical and biomedical research.
The Foundation considers appropriate applications from all individuals and research groups in the Wellington region. We currently lend our support, in particular, to the School of Medicine, Wellington Hospital, Victoria University of Wellington and the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research.
The need for medical research
Major discoveries in medicine have been made and continue to be made through fundamental and applied research. By funding such research, we aim to be at the forefront of medical knowledge and technical ability.
Achievements of the Foundation
The Foundation has funded work in many areas, including research into the basic understanding of cancer, kidney disease and conditions of particular concern in the Wellington region, such as asthma.