Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Pilot Study Grants

CAMRI offers funding to support University of Auckland staff members with research pilot studies requiring MR imaging. These are available for both the CAMRI facility and the High Field MRI.

Applicable studies include pilot studies with a clear intention to perform a larger study. The larger study will incur appropriate user charges and cost recovery.

Grants are available of up to:

  • CAMRI: $2500 per individual project
  • High Field MRI: $1120 per individual project

For more information contact the Charge Research Radiographer on ext 89512 or email mri@auckland.ac.nz.

For high field MRI pilot studies contact our Physicist on ext 88304 or email b.pontre@auckland.ac.nz


  1. The grants shall be available to all academic staff members at The University of Auckland (not restricted to any one Faculty).
  2. The Grant funding shall be administered by the MRI Advisory Board which includes
    • (a) the Vice-Chancellor of Research, University of Auckland (or nominee);
    • (b) the Dean of the Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences (or nominee);
    • (c) the Dean of Science (or nominee);
    • (d) the CEO of UniServices Limited;
    • (e) the Director of the Centre for Advanced MRI.
  3. The amount of funding granted to each pilot study will be considered according to - the academic merits of the research proposals; - the amount of time required on the MRI scanner.
  4. Each grant shall be tenable for one academic year and a total sum of $50,000 dollars is available. 
  5. CAMRI
    The value shall be up to $2,500. This equates to four hours of time in the MRI Unit and is also available pro rata. These grants may only be redeemed for scan time on the MRI machine. No support for staff consumables or equipment is available.
    High Field MRI
    The value shall be up to $1,120. This equates to four hours of scan time (scan time is based on time in the facility rather than scan time alone) and four hours of physicists time (e.g sequence development).

Ethics approval will be required for each study and assistance with ethics applications is available from the Centre for Advanced MRI.