Tagged: Health Research Council

Crowdfunding a solution to a global crisis - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 22, 2017

Friday, the 19th May. Another day, another funding application rejected. My proposal? To search for new antibiotics from New Zealand’s unique fungi to help avert a global crisis that experts predict will soon be killing more people than cancer. This is the fifth time I’ve tried to get government funding for this project in the last 3 years. I’ve … Read More

HRC success in Christchurch - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Jun 09, 2014

The Health Research Council announced Programme and Project grant recipients.  Here’s the list from the Christchurch campus of the University of Otago in which I get a brief mention :).  If others have abstracts of successful grants they’d like posted on this blog, then please let me know. *****Update: It’s come to my attention that this … Continue reading → … Read More

Re-arranging science funding’s deck chairs - Stick

Peter Kerr Apr 09, 2014

Well, I guess you can’t have too many science funding bodies… An alert colleague pointed out a GETS call for applications for – Capability in Independent Research Organisations Funding. (GETS Reference: 41196) This fund is aimed at non-Crown Research Institutes, … Continue reading → … Read More

What the HRC should have done - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Sep 18, 2013

The system is broke.  It is no better than a lottery.  The Health Research Council tacitly acknowledged this last year when they introduced a lottery to their grant funding round.  The lottery was for three grants of $150,000 each.  These “Explorer Grants” are available again this year.  The process went thus: HRC announced the grant … Continue reading → … Read More

Happy WKD - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Mar 13, 2013

I love living in NZ, it enables me to be the first in the world to wish everyone a happy World Kidney Day.  May your kidneys never lack oxygen, be always filtering, and ever distant from the nephrologists biopsy needle! Let me remind you:  If it weren’t for your kidneys where would you be You’d … Continue reading » … Read More

The funding ‘lottery’: how many grants should we be applying for? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 04, 2012

I’ve just read a great post on the blog Serious Piffle about grant funding. The post is inspired by a paper just out in Science about the performance of “poor” and “rich” players in a set of tailored computer games. The authors suggest their results demonstrate that poor players concentrate too much on the … Read More

Open Access – A Challenge - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 28, 2012

This post originally appeared on the Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand website as part of Open Access Week. A few days ago I was asked what my role is in science. It’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately*. So, who am I and what is my role? I am a publicly … Read More

Congratulations awardees – shame on the system - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Oct 25, 2012

At 1am this morning (has someone something to hide?) the recipients of Marsden grants were announced. Congratulations to them all. $54.6 million was distributed over 86 research projects.  Marsden funds “blue skies” research across a number of disciplines – humanities, science, technology etc. The list of topics reflect the diversity.  I think that they are … Continue reading » … Read More