Health Futures

Most health problems facing Aotearoa New Zealand and the world reflect environmental, social and economic determinants. Potential solutions and innovations stretch beyond clinical or traditional health fields and require new approaches.

Health Futures brings together ideas and collaborators from across and beyond AUT to solve challenging and complex societal health problems. AUT academic staff and external partners collaborating on relevant projects can register their interest in the Health Futures programme, and apply for funding for their project. $20 million in research funding will be awarded from 2020 to 2024 (up to $4 million a year over five years).

About the Health Futures programme

A new approach to address the big problems in health

Health Futures projects aim to make a meaningful contribution to solve challenging and complex societal health problems:

Strong foundations for future health

Challenging assumptions about dominant models of health, rethinking expertise, roles and professions, creating environments for meaningful health gain

Inequity in access and delivery of healthcare

Access to primary healthcare and the potential of technological innovation - medical and technological advances are changing what people want, what they need, what we can afford, who benefits, who is left out – equity, morality and ethics

Disconnected health

Addressing silos, edge effects, convergence, eg between science and delivery, research and policy, biomedical and other approaches to health

Management and bureaucracy – barriers to change

Overcoming the path dependency of funding: ‘so much of what we do is determined by what we fund; and so much of what we fund is determined by what we did’ (which applies equally to universities and DHBs). Eg some of the problems associated with access and treatment within public health arise from systems and protocols that don’t work well or could do with reassessment and suggestions/alternatives to be developed and tested.

Proposals must have potential applicability (education, delivery, community, policy and/or more).

Proposals can include large and small projects that meet the Health Futures criteria.

Teams should include:

  • At least one AUT staff member
  • At least one external partner who is involved in developing the project
  • New and emerging researchers including students
  • At the Health Futures Forum in April 2020, Health Futures applicants introduce their project and team by presenting up to 10 slides in less than 10 minutes – no jargon, no acronyms, and pitched for an informed lay audience
  • Presentations must be submitted in advance and support will be provided in preparing these if needed
  • Pitches must be co-developed and co-presented by AUT staff and an authorised representative of their external partner(s)
  • Your pitch should:
    • Describe your idea and why it represents a new approach or solution for a healthier future
    • Cover how you plan to tackle the challenge and what funding and resources you need
    • Talk about the team involved in the project
  • A panel of internal and external members will select the best proposals, which will be funded, subject to a more detailed description of what is proposed.
  • Successful teams will be supported to develop their approach, including how they are going to work with partners, involve and engage students, and track progress against delivery.
  • Successful teams are expected to share their progress and challenges and to support each other to solve problems. We commit to work with you to resolve these.

Health Futures finalists:

  • Receive funding for their project
  • Receive support from AUT as required, including for presenting the initial proposal and communicating their ideas to a lay audience
  • Gain access to the emerging Health Futures community
  • Are expected to present at our annual Health Futures Summit
  • Are expected to contribute to ongoing review of the initiative
  • Are expected to disseminate their knowledge to maximise its use and application

Ideas with potential that are not yet ready to be fully funded may be provided support to be further developed (this may include part funding).

28 February 2020

Deadline for Final Registration of Interest

17 April 2020

Submission of slides for inclusion in the Health Futures Forum, where the ideas are pitched

28 and 29 April 2020

Inaugural Health Futures Forum - each team presents 10 slides in 10 minutes

The panel will then assess, and the winners will be announced

Contact us

Get in touch to find out more about the Health Futures programme:

Dr Lucy Baragwanath
lucy.baragwanath@aut.ac.nz