The Faculty Research Development fund (FRDF) aims to promote the development of
the research careers of faculty staff members at all stages of their careers and
across all disciplines. FRDF funds come from the University’s annual budget,
including funding derived from the Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF). The
annual faculty allocation is determined by the office of the Deputy
Vice-Chancellor (Research), calculated on faculty PBRF performance. The Faculty
Board of Research is responsible for recommending projects to be funded in
response to proposals from eligible staff members across the schemes outlined
FRDF funding schemes
For 2013 the Faculty will distribute its FRDF allocation across 4 schemes;
Annual Funding Round (Project Grants)
The main proportion of FRDF funding is
distributed in an annual competitive round for research project grants (up to $160k).
Please review full details below for this year’s application process.
Smaller grants (up
to $30k) available for new staff members, reviewed
periodically throughout the year at Board of Research meetings. Please review
New Staff grants page for full application details.
The faculty is able to set aside a portion of its FRDF funding to
support projects that align with its strategic priorities in regards to
development of research. 2013 strategic investment priorities are currently
being reviewed and the faculty will be notified when they have been approved. Further details will appear on this page in due course with
regards to the funding available and application process.
Faculty provides matched funding to support applications
involving participation in the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). Please
International Office webpage in the University Staff
Intranet for full application details.
FRDF annual project grants
The faculty holds an annual competitive round to distribute the main proportion
of its FRDF allocation through principal investigator initiated project grants.
Projects should align with FRDF principles:
- to support the development of high quality researchers
- initiate new research programmes
- increase competitiveness of researchers for national/international funding
- to stimulate research that
has the highest impact and value for New Zealand.
The project should have clear
career development goals for investigators, with defined PBRF eligible outputs
such as publications and external research grant applications.
Applicants should be members of academic staff employed by the University of
Auckland, who hold an appointment that specifies that they must undertake both
research and teaching duties. Please review the FRDF guidelines below for full
details surrounding criteria with fixed term/part time contracts and for staff
whose salaries are paid by external grants, contracts or fellowships.
Overlapping (new applications to the fund before a previous FRDF funded research
project ends) and repeat applications (by the same investigator in successive
rounds) will be considered for funding only if an interim/final report for the
previously funded grant is attached to the new application.
If you have any queries with regards to eligibility please clarify these prior
to submission of your application with the Faculty Research
Applicants can request a maximum of $80,000 per annum for up to two years.
Projects should commence in the calendar year that the award is made, with time
extensions or retrospective alterations to start dates not possible. We
therefore advise if employing staff that sufficient time be included for the
recruitment process prior to the grant starting.
Funding may be sought for items such as personnel, research consumables, small
equipment, travel expenses and publication costs. Whilst direct salary support
of the applicant or support of postgraduate students in the form of stipends
cannot be requested.
Any unspent funds at the end of the award will be returned to the central
University, with the percentage returned affecting the Faculties FRDF allocation in
subsequent years. We therefore ask for budgets to be carefully costed and fully
justified, please utilise your School finance staff to support you in this
process. The final budget should be checked and signed off by your School's
Financial Manager prior to submission.
Please consult the FRDF application guidelines below for further budgetary
Application forms & guidelines
These forms and more information can also be found on the
Research Office FRDF page (University Staff Intranet).
Faculty Specific Section of the form:
Section 5 – Please indicate whether your proposal fits into the Biomedical,
Clinical or Public Health category, this will determine the Faculty panel that
review your application.
Applications are submitted electronically, through the University Research
Funding Module as per the process for all other internal and external funding
When selecting the sponsor within the module please note that FRDF schemes can
be located under T, ‘The University of Auckland – FMHS’. You
can then select the appropriate scheme, for example FRDF General Round, or FRDF
Please upload a copy of your application, budget spreadsheet, CV, and
any other applicable supporting documents such as ethical approvals, quotations
or previous FRDF grant reports.
Applicant checklist (46.5KB DOC)
Call for applications
Proposals submitted in Research Funding Module by 12 midnight
1st/2nd week June
Applications processed and distributed to review panels
Biomedical, Clinical and Public Health
1st/2nd week July
Panels meet to review and rank applications
3rd week July
Meeting of Panel Chairs with Associate Dean Research
4th week July
Dean chairs final review committee meeting
Faculty recommendations sent to Research Office
After submission the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor
(Research) will review
Faculty recommendations and if approved instruct the central Research Office to
formally grant the award and activate the project.
The principal investigator is responsible for submitting a written report on the
research project within 3 months of the end of the award. Full details of
reporting requirements are included with the reporting template attached below.
FRDF reporting template & guidelines(54.0KB DOC)
Reports should be submitted to the Faculty Research Facilitator who will seek
Faculty approval of the report before onward submission to the DVC (Research)
For any queries please contact the Faculty Research Facilitator: