The Canterbury Health System Research Office is your first port of call for advice on all aspects of conducting research within the CDHB. This includes grant applications, budgets, research contracts, ethics and locality authorisations and available funding.
Please note that most links in this section are accessible to CDHB staff only.
The purpose of a CDA is to ensure sensitive information exchanged between parties is protected. In the context of a clinical trial, or other research project, a CDA with a Sponsor places confidentiality obligations on the CDHB with regards to the use and distribution of that information. These obligations must be adhered to, as any breach may potentially have significant consequences.
Master CDAs have been agreed with the following Sponsors. A Master CDA will cover information provided by a sponsor relating to its clinical trials for a specified period of time, and avoids the need for an individual CDA to be completed for each specific study.
Please contact legal if you have any questions. Email: email@example.com
Registering your project sets in motion a request for services. There are 4 main options:
The following costings tools and templates will help you work out your project budget.
Locality Costings Worksheet (LCW) for CDHB-hosted clinical trials
Costings & Consent Worksheet (CCW) for grants
Employee hourly rates – please contact the Research Office to request the calculation tool
Pharmacy costs – email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a quote as early as possible
This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) template is for anyone doing CDHB-hosted research who requires an MOU between the CDHB and an external organisation.
It is important that you start the MOU process as early as possible so that accurate costings can be obtained.
An accurate and detailed MOU will reduce the potential for delays at sign-off stage and expedite the subsequent subcontract process.
This section provides information about the available contracting templates and legal resources to assist with research applications.
Please note that most links below are only accessible to CDHB staff.
The CDHB has some Master Clinical Trial Research Agreement (CTRA) templates with individual sponsors. The Research Office will supply you with the appropriate CTRA if relevant.
Otherwise, please use the following standard CDHB templates:
If a grant research application has been successful, the funder will provide a contract to the Principal Investigator directly or via the Research Office.
Please use the following templates when sub-contracting to an external party for CDHB-hosted research.
Please refer to the legal advice below regarding standard legal text and letters to be used for Clinical Research.
If you have any questions about any contracts or subcontracts, please contact the Research Office
For contract amendments which only involve changes to address, title, PI name, sponsor name etc, please use the NEW simplified amendment form .
For other CDHB Clinical Trial contract amendments, please update a copy of your last signed Locality Costing Worksheet (LCW) using a different colour font to identify changes.
Submit either of the above to the Research Office along with the new amendment contract.
You will require a Locality Authorisation to undertake a research project within the CDHB if you are:
Work is underway to stratify locality authorisation into different categories of risk which will follow different approval pathways. Completing the registration form will link you to the correct pathway.
CDHB-hosted grant studies only – please contact the Research Office directly for the correct form.
Māori consultation is required for all research.
Te Komiti Whakarite (TKW) is required for consultation or notification. TKW is also the link to the Māori Health Workers.
Please use the TKW Māori Submission Form (25KB, DOCX) to record the consideration of Maori health outcomes and consultation with Maori that you’ve undertaken.
Read more about how the Health Research Council scores a research proposal’s potential to advance Māori health.
Ethics assessment is required for all projects conducted within the CDHB.
Email approval from your service/line manager on full-time equivalent (FTE) resource requirements for your research is required as least two weeks prior to a grant application closing date. This is to allow enough time for the CDHB sign off process.
|NEW?||TYPE||FUNDING BODY||FUNDING OPPORTUNITY||INTERNAL DUE DATE|
|NEW||Research||Otago Medical Research Foundation||Annual Research Grants & Otago Community Trust Grants||3-Jun-2021|
|Research||Birds New Zealand||Research Fund (Must be a current member of Birds NZ)||7-Jun-2021|
|Research||Earthquake Commission||Biennial Grants Programme 2022|
|Research||Science for Technological Innovation||2021 Kaupapa Kakano Seed Projects|
(IMS portal opens Friday 23rd April)
|NEW||Research||Batten Disease Support and Research Association Australia||Australia and New Zealand Batten Disease Research Program 2021 - EOI||11-Jun-2021|
|Awards/Fellowships||Health Research Council of NZ||General Career Development Awards|
(Portal opens 26 May, 8am – Guidelines not yet available)
|NEW||Awards/Fellowships||Durham University||Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) Fellowship Scheme||17-Jun-2021|
|NEW||Research||Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New|
|National Research Grant||22-Jun-2021|
|Revised Date||Travel/Conferences||Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand||Travel Grant||22-Jun-2021|
|NEW||Travel/Conferences||Royal Society of New Zealand||Falling Walls Lab New Zealand||23-Jun-2021|
|Revised Date||Research||Capstone Editing||Capstone Editing Early Career Academic Research Grant for Women||29-Jun-2021|
|Guidelines now available||Awards/Fellowships||Health Research Council of NZ||2022 Māori Health Career Development Awards|
Māori Health Clinical Research Training Fellowships
Māori Health Research Development Grants
Māori Health Research Knowledge Translation Grants
Māori Health Research Summer Studentships
Māori Rangahau Hauora Training Grant
Māori Health Research Masters Scholarships
Māori Health Research PhD Scholarships
Māori Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowships
(Portal opens 26 May, 8am)
|Guidelines now available||Awards/Fellowships||Health Research Council of NZ||2022 Pacific Health Career Development Awards|
Pacific Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
Sir Thomas Davis Te Patu Kite Rangi Ariki Health Research Fellowship
Pacific Clinical Research Training Fellowship
Pacific Health Research PhD Scholarships
Pacific Health Research Masters Scholarship
Pacific Health Research Summer Studentships
Pacific Health Research Knowledge Translation Grants
(Portal opens 26 May, 8am)
|NEW||Research||Health Research Council of NZ||2022 Project Grants – Expression of Interest (Portal opens 9 June, 8am – Guidelines not yet available) Portal registration due 6 July 2021, 1pm||6-Jul-2021|
|Research||Royal Society of New Zealand||Catalyst: Seeding - General||7-Jul-2021|
|Awards/Fellowships||Royal Society of New Zealand||Catalyst: Leaders – Julius von Haast Fellowship||7-Jul-2021|
|NEW||Awards/Fellowships||The Royal Australasian College of Physicians New Zealand||Research Entry Scholarships||9-Jul-2021|
|Research||Vic Davis Memorial Trust||Research Grant||23-Jul-2021|
|NEW||Research||Embassy of France in New Zealand||French Related Research Projects (F2RP)||23-Jul-2021|
|NEW||Research||NZ Lottery Grants Board||Lottery Environment and Heritage|
(Please check with your Research Advisor regarding application process on portal)
|NEW||Awards/Fellowships||Royal Society of New Zealand||Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship||28-Jul-2021|
|NEW||Awards/Fellowships||Royal Society of New Zealand||Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial PhD Scholarship||28-Jul-2021|
|Awards/Fellowships||Hellaby Indigenous Grasslands Research Trust||Research Support for Postgraduate Research on native grasses and grasslands in NZ||2-Aug-2021|
|NEW||Awards/Fellowships||Cancer Research Trust New Zealand||Professional Development Award||24-Aug-2021|
|NEW||Research||Cancer Research Trust New Zealand||Professional Development Events Grant|
Research Project Grant
Special Purpose Grant
|Awards/Fellowships||Health Research Council of NZ||2021 Health Delivery Research Career Development Award 2|
Portal registration due 11 August 2021, 1pm
(Portal opens 1 July 2021, 8am)
|Research||Health Research Council of NZ||2021 Health Delivery Research Activation Grant 2|
Portal registration due 11 August 2021, 1pm
(Portal opens 1 July 2021, 8am)
|NEW?||TYPE||FUNDING BODY||FUNDING OPPORTUNITY||DUE DATE|
|Research||AGMARDT||Various Research Grants, Scholarships & Fellowships||Anytime
(please note closing dates align to monthly meetings)
|Awards/Fellowships||Alexander von Humboldt Foundation||Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral & Experienced Researchers (For travel to Germany and research based there)||Anytime
(please note some awards do have closing dates)
|Other grants||NZ Lottery Grants Board||Lottery Minister’s Discretionary Fund||Anytime|
|Research||NZ National Commission for UNESCO||Minor Grants||Anytime|
|Research||Otago Science into Action||Otago Participatory Science Platform – Seed Funding||Anytime|
|Research||Southland Medical Foundation||Research Grants||Anytime|
|Research||Science and Engineering Research Board India||Visiting Advanced Joint Research Faculty Scheme (VAJRA) (Adjunct/visiting faculty positions in Indian Institutions)||Anytime
(Considered twice a year in January & July)
|Research||Rule Foundation||Research Grants||Anytime|
If you would like research opportunities emailed out to you fortnightly, you can subscribe to the ResearchInfo list produced by the University of Otago, Christchurch. If you have any problems subscribing please email email@example.com
|Research Project||Principal Investigators||CDHB Department|
|A comparison of major trauma admissions to Christchurch Hospital before and during national level 4 lockdown for COVID-19||Christopher Wakeman, CDHB, |
Dali Fan UOC
|Covid-19 Pandemic: Impact on acute admissions to Christchurch Hospital||Toby Betteridge, CDHB||Intensive Care Unit (ICU)|
|New Graduate Nurse operational capability within the first two years in the Operating Theatre at a tertiary Hospital in New Zealand||Christina Mason, CDHB||Operating Theatres|
|The experience of recovery after spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD): Implications for cardiac rehabilitation care||Shirley Harris, CDHB||Cardiology|
|New causes of acute diarrhoea in children||Andrew Day, CDHB||Paediatrics|
|Collection of data to determine our current postoperative pulmonary complications rate, length of stay, discharge destination, physiotherapy and physiotherapy assistant input required in patients undergoing open upper abdominal surgery or abdominal surgery lasting longer than 180mins||Patrick O’Kane||General Surgery/ Physiotherapy|
|A multicentre study of SARS-CoV-2 infection in children with cancer, immunodeficiency or following stem cell transplant||Karen Tsui, ADHB (local contact: Amanda Lyver, CDHB)||CHOC|
|Expanding clinical pharmacy services in the primary health care setting: perspectives of district health board pharmacy and primary care portfolio managers in New Zealand||Trudi Aspen, CDHB||N/A|
|Examining the relationship between coping models, burnout, distress, and bullying in nurses working in Intensive Care and High Dependency Units||Leah Hackney, CDHB||Department of Intensive Care|
|Exploring culturally appropriate assessment pathways for Maori admissions: Focus group design||Marie Crowe, CDHB||Hillmorton Hospital|
Want to share your research progress or results with colleagues or the wider public? Contact the Canterbury DHB Corporate Communications Team at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your story heard.
The team produces the internal CDHB staff newsletter CEO Update, which is also shared with wider health and regional stakeholders and media. The team can also assist with media releases and media pitching.
One of the aims of the Canterbury Health System Research Strategy 2020-25 (350KB, PDF) is for more research to be converted into clinical practice and directly impact health service delivery. There is work underway to establish a governance structure that will look at ways to enable changes to clinical practice.
Martin Than on his ED research
Teddy Wu on his neurological research
Gavin Harris on computational pathology
Becky Hickmott on research into managing vulnerable communities following a disaster (video courtesy of Te Papa Hauora) video
Richard Porter on mood disorders, memory and the brain (video courtesy of Te Papa Hauora) video
Lisa Stamp on “bringing gout out” (video courtesy of Te Papa Hauora) video
Catherine Stedman on clinical trials for hepatitis c
Canterbury Health System Research is continuing to set up ways to make it easier to do research with impact at Canterbury DHB. The latest step is the establishment of a Research Governance Working Group – find out more
Help inform the new Research Governance Working Group’s work on how the future Transalpine Research Governance Committee should work by completing this survey
Canterbury DHB neurologist Dr Teddy Wu talks about his research in collaboration with the New Zealand Brain Research Institute with Newstalk ZB.
Congratulations to our researchers for this fantastic recognition.
The CDHB Research Office is co-located with the University of Otago, Christchurch Research Office.
|Phone||03 364 1513 or Ext 81513|
|Hours||Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 4.00pm.|
|Physical address||Research Office
Level 5, University of Otago, Christchurch
2 Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch
|Postal Address||CDHB Research Office
University of Otago Christchurch
PO Box 4345
|Paperwork drop-off||Reception, University of Otago, Christchurch Building, Ground Floor.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 4.30pm
For a quick chat with one of the team the office keeps one-hour per day open for drop-ins. Find us in Room 520, Level 5, University of Otago, Christchurch building at Christchurch Hospital Campus.
|Research and Development Manager||Rebecca Coombes||Mon to Fri: 9.00am-4.30pm|
|Research Advisor||Emily Oughton||Mon, Wed, Fri: 9.00am-2.30pm|
|Research Advisor||Judith Candy||Mon, Thurs: 9.00am-4.30pm|
|Research Administrator||James Bowden||Tues, Fri: 8.30am-4.00pm|
The Canterbury Health System vision is to promote research which supports our service delivery to enhance the health and wellbeing of our community – by informing decisions and changes to policy, practice or systems. The transalpine Canterbury and West Coast partnership aims to be a leader in health system implementation research and knowledge transfer which improves the health and wellbeing of our population and which leads to equitable outcomes for our people and across our geography.
A new research governance group is being established and will have oversight of research throughout Canterbury DHB and set policy and priorities for future research activities.
Page last updated: 19 July 2021
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