A guide to applicants for Travel Grants


Please read these notes carefully before completing your application.



The Auckland Medical Research Foundation will adhere to the NZ government conditions related to the Covid-19 pandemic. If your travel is unable to go ahead, the AMRF reserves the right to withdraw the funding and ask you to reapply at a later date.



The Auckland Medical Research Foundation’s (AMRF) vision is to improve the health and quality of life for all New Zealanders. We aim to achieve this by providing genuine advances in health, science and medicine through funding the highest quality medical research of all kinds.


Funding area

The AMRF’s research funding area is limited to all recognised tertiary institutions and district health boards (DHBs) in the greater Auckland and Northland region of New Zealand. The principal investigator/grant holder must be affiliated with a host institution within this area, and the majority of work should be undertaken within this area, but co-applicants can come from, and part of the research can be performed, outside our catchment area - either nationally or internationally.


How to apply

Use the on-line application form provided, after first creating an account. The application must be created and submitted from the applicant's portal account.


Purpose of the grant

To provide funding for researchers to disseminate their research at national or international conferences; attend a training course; visit an institution to learn a new research technique; meet with collaborators; etc. This grant is a personal award, and once awarded, is non-transferable to another person.


Value of grant

Often a grant-in-aid of up to $4,000, but the maximum is dependent on the programme and destination of travel.


Tenure of grant

Up to one year from award date.


Number of grants awarded

Approximately 25 depending on the available funds and quality of applications.



* To apply you must be a New Zealand resident, permanent resident or citizen. Applications from non-New Zealand residents or citizens will not be accepted.

* You do not need to be presenting AMRF-funded research to apply for an AMRF Travel grant.

* Applicants must have an academic, clinical or research staff posting.

* Health professionals engaged in academic research (that is not part of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree they may be enrolled in) may be eligible for AMRF travel grants. Please contact the Research Programme Manager on 923 1701 to discuss your eligibility.

* The "For travel after date" must be adhered to. Please check the grant rounds dates on the How to Apply page on our website.

* If you are putting together a combined programme of conferences, laboratory visits, meeting with collaborators, etc, you may be eligible for a Gavin and Ann Kellaway Medical Research Fellowship. Please check the guide to applicants for that Fellowship and if you think you may be eligible, contact the Research Programme Manager to discuss whether you should submit a Kellaway application or a Travel grant application.


Writing guidelines

Please complete all the sections in detail.


Budget guidelines

* Please provide sufficient information in the “details” section of each budget line.

* Please provide copies of receipts or quotations to support each budget line entry (where applicable).



* The AMRF will only accept one travel grant application per funding round.

* When an applicant is successful they are expected to abstain from submitting an application in a consecutive travel grant round.


The AMRF will not fund

* Applications for retrospective travel.

* Travel for Undergraduate, Honours, Masters or PhD students.

* Travel for Research Technicians.

* The AMRF does not provide retrospective funding.


Regulatory approval

Applications will not be considered unless the Applicant Agreement is completed.


Publicity declaration

The AMRF is supported by private donations and therefore has an obligation through the news media, and its own newsletters to members and supporters, to report research that it supports. By becoming a recipient of an AMRF grant, you automatically agree to the mention of your name to media and stakeholders.

The AMRF raises awareness of its aims with the general public, by inviting AMRF funded researchers to discuss their research with local interest groups (Rotary, U3A etc). By becoming a recipient of an AMRF grant, you automatically agree to be included on a list of available guest speakers.


Submission procedure

Log into the AMRF Portal at funding.medicalresearch.org.nz and create a new application. Ensure all the required details are entered and all necessary documents have been attached.

Clicking ‘Submit’ on your application form sends it to your host institution. They will then complete their requirements, before officially submitting it to the AMRF. Your host institution compliance process takes time so please adhere to internal deadlines to ensure your application reaches the AMRF by 5 pm on the closing date.

Please refer to the _Application process_ help page for details of what happens to your submitted application.

Additional information can be found in the _Grant Proposal template_.



Our contact details

EMAIL ADDRESS[mailto:amrf@medicalresearch.org.nz,amrf@medicalresearch.org.nz]

POSTAL ADDRESSThe Research Programme Manager

Auckland Medical Research Foundation

P O Box 110139

Auckland Hospital

Auckland 1148
TELEPHONE+64 9 923 1701
COURIERThird Floor, 81 Grafton Road
Auckland 1010

If you can't find the information you need, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page to send an inquiry to the Auckland Medical Research Foundation.

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