Research grant programme

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Research grant programme

We fund New Zealand-based research projects to improve outcomes for breast cancer patients.

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is New Zealand's largest non-government funder of breast cancer research. Our Research Grant Programme was established in September 2001, and over the years the work of some of NZ’s best clinicians and researchers has been boosted by our substantial grants.

Grant applications may be reviewed by the Foundation’s Medical Advisory Committee, or in partnership with other funders such as the Health Research Council, and/or by an independent review panel. The criteria for evaluating applications include an assessment of scientific merit, feasibility, originality, significance and ability to achieve the project’s objectives.

Applicants and institutions must be New Zealand-based, although grants can be used to support participation in international studies.


OPEN: Partnering for Innovation in Equitable Breast Cancer Care 2024 - $600,000

In 2024, our core research programme is offering a single grant of $600,000 (paid over 4-5 years) to support an important study where a research team has defined a project and pathway with clear clinical potential. 

We welcome proposals for research (including pilot studies and clinical trials) in the following areas aligned to the BCFNZ mission:

  • Innovative approaches for earlier detection and diagnosis
  • Personalised treatments for greater efficacy and fewer toxic side effects
  • Improving patient outcomes through better supportive care.
  • Innovations that address barriers to improving breast cancer outcomes, in the context of predicted long-term growth in demand on healthcare resources globally

Given the high value and partnership nature of this grant, the assessment of shortlisted applicants requires and in-person presentation to the assessing panel.  The RFP can be downloaded using the link below, and the application form will be live from October 1 at

Applications close Friday 8 December, 2023. If this deadline is a problem, or if you have any questions, please email our innovation development manager Hannah Holtkamp.

View the Partnering for Innovation for Equitable Breast Cancer Care RFP

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