Last year, Research For Life approved 11 research grants making a total of $203,698 available to researchers and earlier this year, in the first of two annual funding rounds, RFL made a further 10 research grants to the value of $119,021.92 and 13 travel grants totalling $30,318.13.
Research grants enable recipients to undertake innovative medical research while travel grants assist the local researcher to meet the cost of presenting their research findings at international conferences.
Established in 1960, RFL funds innovative quality research undertaken by researchers in the early stages of their careers who, through their work, will advance the quality of healthcare in the Wellington region and beyond.
Dr Rebecca Grainger, Chair of RFL's Research Advisory Committee, said: "We're particularly interested in supporting and encouraging young, talented people engaged in medical and biomedical research. Current grant recipients are undertaking research funded by Research For Life at the University of Otago, Wellington - School of Medicine and Health Science, Victoria University of Wellington, ESR, Capital & Coast District Health Board, Massey University College of Health, and the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research.
"The Foundation has funded work in many areas including research into cancer, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, diabetes and obesity, multiple sclerosis, stroke therapy and conditions of particular concern in the Wellington region, such as asthma. This research, supported by the Foundation, is vital to achieving continuing improvements in health outcomes in the community."