The Research and Education Charitable Trust providers funding for research that is of benefit for general practitioners

What is the Trust’s purpose?

The RNZCGP Research and Education Charitable Trust has been established to:

  • encourage, foster and maintain the highest possible standards of learning skill and conduct in general medical practice in the interests of the best possible patient care in New Zealand.
  • For the promotion of knowledge of and interest in the objects of the Trust by means of meetings, exhibitions, lectures, publications, educational courses and all other forms of instructions and publicity.

Who can apply? 

The Trust may give grants to members and non-members of the College to further the purpose of the Trust. In addition, the Trust will consider grant applications from organisations conducting research and/or education consistent with the Trust’s purpose. However, individual grants will take precedent. 

What can be funded?

  • Undertaking research benefiting general medical practice, or
  • Summer studentships that would benefit general practitioners or 
  • Support attendance cost of disseminating research
Applications on equity will be funded.

What does the Trust not provide grants for?

  • Education fees or usual course costs
  • Loss of income to reimburse for unpaid leave taken to do the research
  • Salaries for principal investigators
  • Attendance at conferences or similar, simply to observe, or usual course conference cost
  • Activities that should rightly be funded elsewhere, for example core College activities or those that should be routinely funded by others such as the Ministry of Health, District Health Boards or Primary Health Organisations or continuing professional development activities for College members that can be supported by their Faculty or Chapter funds, for example, attendance at the College Conference or regional CME conferences, or Where applicants are representing the College at a conference or event.

What past topics have been successful?

  • Diabetes management and primary care
  • Rural placements of health professional
  • Clinician survey of STI management methods 
  • Impact of Health and Disability Commission complaints and investigations
  • Bullying in the GP workforce

How much can I apply for?

Grants are generally between $1000 - $5000.

When will I know if my application is successful?

The Trust will report back within one week of its meeting. 

How can I communicate the results of my research?

The Trust will promote your research. However, each successful applicant will be required to provide an abstract to the Trust which will be put on the College’s website. We would also encourage you to submit any papers to the Journal of Primary Health Care or submit an abstract to the annual College Conference. 

Can I appeal the Trust decision?

The Trustees decision is final.

How can I apply?

To apply for grants, please complete the research application form and email to