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Record year for HRC health funding – In the news

John Kerr posted in on June 15th, 2016.

Woolly bandages, ear infections and e-cigarettes are just a few of the subjects to be investigated by recipients of funding from New Zealand’s largest health research funder. This week the Health Research Council (HRC) announced the recipients for its latest funding round, awarding grants to dozens of projects to be undertaken in universities, research institutes […]

BUDGET 2016: Science and research

John Kerr posted in on May 26th, 2016.

The Government has released this year’s Budget, with a number of funding increases in the science and innovation sector. This page will be updated with new announcements and expert reaction. The national budget announced today reveals a large increase in science and innovation funding as part of  an ‘Innovative New Zealand’ package. “Innovative New Zealand […]

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$97m funding boost for NZ health research – In the news

John Kerr posted in on May 18th, 2016.

Health research in New Zealand is set to get a $97 million boost over the next four years. The Government this week announced that funding to the Health Research Council (HRC) will increase by 56 per cent over four years – from $77 million in 2015/16 to $120 million in 2019/20. “The HRC supports research […]

Push for Keytruda funding – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on March 1st, 2016.

Public pressure is growing for the Government to fund the melanoma drug Keytruda, listed as ‘low priority’ by drug funding agency PHARMAC. A petition of over 45,000 signatures, calling for the drug to be funded through PHARMAC, is due to be presented to Health Minister Jonathan Coleman on the steps of parliament today. Speaking to […]

Kiwi research gets $54 million boost from Marsden Fund

John Kerr posted in on November 6th, 2015.

Could antiseptic handwash make us sicker in the long run? Do zoos make us care more about threatened species? How do babies learn how other people think? These intriguing questions are a just a few of the problems being tackled by the recipients of this year’s round of grants from the Marsden Fund – New […]

Prestigious fellowships funding NZ research

John Kerr posted in on September 18th, 2015.

Virtual babies, breast cancer genomics and criminal psychology are just a few subjects to be studied by researchers awarded prestigious fellowships this week. The recipients of two separate sets of fellowships were announced yesterday, totalling millions of dollars of research funding for established and up-and-coming researchers. Twelve of New Zealand’s most talented early to mid-career […]

Siouxsie Wiles on the future of science

John Kerr posted in on August 6th, 2015.

In her regular science slot, Dr Siouxsie Wiles talks on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon about the special ‘Future of Science’ issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand (and bee vaccines and the mortality of young fathers). You can listen to the segment below and read more about the special […]

R&D funding doesn’t always equal innovation – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 30th, 2015.

Does throwing more money into business R&D always create innovative new products and services? New research suggests the picture is more complex. Two separate papers, launched this week by economic and public policy institute Motu and the New Zealand Productivity Commission, examine the links between research and development (R&D) spending and the creation of new […]

HRC funding for the health of New Zealand

John Kerr posted in on June 4th, 2015.

Female infertility, better housing and kicking the smoking habit are just some of the health issues to be tackled by new projects supported by the Health Research Council. This week the Health Research Council (HRC) announced the recipients for its latest funding round, awarding grants to dozens of projects to be undertaken in universities, research institutes and […]

Australian Federal Budget 2015 – Expert reaction

Laura Goodall posted in on May 13th, 2015.

Australia’s Federal Government has delivered the latest federal budget, which includes funding top-ups and cuts to various scientific programmes. A summary of the impact on science, compiled by the Australian Academy of Science, can be viewed below – along with expert reaction collected by our colleagues at the Australian Science Media Centre on how the budget […]

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