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Auckland Medical Research Foundation awards over $2.75m

Auckland Medical Research Foundation awards over $2.75 million to medical researchers in second half of 2017

The Auckland Medical Research Foundation (AMRF) has recently announced $2,775,796 in funding to medical researchers in the last three of five funding rounds in 2017.

Foundation Executive Director Sue Brewster says, “This is the first time, as the new Executive Director of AMRF, I have had the immense privilege of announcing the recipients of our medical research funding. Having been involved with two out of the three latest funding rounds, I have been so impressed with the calibre of the applicants and applications and the world-class quality of research happening here in New Zealand.”

The successful grants included 10 research projects ($1,364,402), 2 postdoctoral fellowships ($416,881), 3 doctoral scholarships ($384,000), 1 Douglas Goodfellow repatriation fellowship ($299,480), 1 Douglas Goodfellow medical research fellowship ($244,000),1 Kelliher Charitable Trust emerging researcher start-up award ($30,000) and 15 travel grants ($37,033) for researchers to present their research. Grants were awarded over a variety of biomedical, clinical, and population health research areas including diabetes, neuroscience, cancer, musculoskeletal science, and reproduction, development, maternal & newborn health.

See Below for Grant Summaries

The Auckland Medical Research Foundation is a major independent funding agency and charitable trust that provides contestable funding for medical research across the complete spectrum of modern medicine. The demand for our funding continues to grow and in 2016, we received 146 applications to fund over $14 million and in 2017, we received 181 applications to fund over $21 million – a 50% increase in funding requests over the last year. Every year we provide between $3-4 million for investment into medical research.

Our Foundation is unique in the charity sector, in that every dollar donated from within the community goes directly and fully (100%) to research. Our administration costs are generously supported by a benefactor.

For further information on the current grants awarded and application forms for future grant rounds see our website at


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