Small Project Grant 2021

Posted by on 19 July 2021

The HOPE Foundation is a charitable trust established to prepare New Zealanders for an ageing future. The objectives of the HOPE Foundation include:

  • Leading and resourcing the funding of researchers on ageing
  • Disseminating research-based information about the effects of ageing on individuals and society
  • Developing the pool of researchers on ageing in New Zealand
  • Influencing decision-makers to improve the quality of life for ageing New Zealanders

The HOPE Foundation funds a wide range of research areas including biomedical, clinical, public health and wider psycho-social aspects of ageing.  This small grant is designed to encourage researchers and/or clinicians to undertake small projects in gerontology or older adult health and well-being research, in keeping with the above objectives. The aim of this grant is to encourage research that may lead on to larger projects on aspects of ageing in New Zealand (NZ).


Maximum value $10,000.

Funding Criteria:

NZ citizen or resident.

Research must be based in NZ.

Funding will not be awarded for those completing existing projects, or for the salaries of researchers with existing/continuous positions.

The successful applicant will be required to provide a written report to the HOPE Foundation Board, and may be invited to present their findings at HOPE Foundation fundraising activities.

Use of funds:

Salaries for research assistants/technicians and post-doctoral fellows.



Publication costs

If successful, funds must be spent within 1 year of allocation.

Assessment criteria

The application meets the wider aims of the HOPE Foundation

Scientific merit, including study design

Track record and wider research support

Funding timeline:

Closing date: November 1st, 2021

Successful applicants notified December 2021

Download and complete application form

Application form/budget, including quotes for equipment, travel or publishing costs/CV for all named investigators using NZ Standard CV format.

Contact details

Please contact HOPE Foundation Executive officer Dr Jill Waters at for any enquiries.

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