Funding for Research

Peter Neilson Pancreatic Cancer Grant Funding Round


We are delighted to announce that we are now accepting research grant applications for the Peter Neilson Pancreatic Cancer Grant Funding Round.


Te Aka Mātauranga Matepukupuku (Te Aka), hosted by the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, was formally established in August 2020 by approval of the DVCR and the University’s Research Committee.


This funding grant has been generously donated in memorial of Peter Neilson, a valued past Chair of Simplicity Foundation and in this round, the Te Aka aims to directly encourage and boost research in the pancreatic cancer field across all disciplines, and to facilitate collaboration between researchers from the University of Auckland and their DHB and community colleagues.


A major focus of the Te Aka is on improving health outcomes while reducing inequalities for all New Zealanders by engaging strongly with the community at all levels. The Centre will conduct and promote research focused on reducing health inequities for Māori and Pasifica, while ensuring that research is culturally safe, and treaty compliant.


This funding round will consist of a single project grant award of $100,000.


This is a new source of funding for the Te Aka and this funding round is a unique opportunity to focus on pancreatic cancer, encouraging emerging and established researchers alike to generate innovative approaches to this cancer area.

This grant will support partnerships, by providing funding to facilitate the development of new and existing translational research collaborations, which will lead to improved success in winning a variety of competitive international and national research grant applications. Where research relationships already exist, this Fund has the potential to further strengthen these relationships and research programmes. Funding for this category will be awarded for no more than 18 months. These projects will be reviewed, funded, and reported on similarly to our previous project funding rounds. There is a key expectation on the recipient of the funding to engage with the Alumni Relations and Development as this new funding relationship progresses.



If you or someone you know is interested applying for Te Aka Mātauranga Matepukupuku funding, please download the guidelines document and application form (found on this page).


The deadline for submission is Friday 17th June 2022. Late submissions will NOT be accepted.


DHB staff or collaborators without a formal University appointment, or those with an honorary academic appointment may be included in the project grant team. A transdisciplinary approach is encouraged, however, a University employed principal investigator with at least 0.2 FTE must be identified and named as the project lead. Honorary staff involvement must comply with the University’s Honorary Appointment Policy and Procedures (see guidelines for further information).

Please note: where applicable, all DHB approvals/signatures are required to have been obtained by the deadline. The final application (with signatures) will need to be uploaded to the Research Funding Module (RFM) under the category ‘Peter Neilson Pancreatic Cancer Research Grant’ by University of Auckland Principal Investigator by the deadline.

If you have any questions, please contact Leesa Russell, Project Manager, Te Aka Mātauranga Matepukupuku

We look forward to receiving your application.


Ngā mihi maioha,

The Directors of Te Aka Mātauranga Matepukupuku

Supporting Documents


Application Form


Application Guidelines


Scoring Sheet


The deadline for submission is Friday 17th June 2022. Late submissions will NOT be accepted.