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).
Health Futures projects aim to make a meaningful contribution to solve challenging and complex societal health problems:
Challenging assumptions about dominant models of health, rethinking expertise, roles and professions, creating environments for meaningful health gain
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
Addressing silos, edge effects, convergence, eg between science and delivery, research and policy, biomedical and other approaches to health
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.
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).
Deadline for Final Registration of Interest
Submission of slides for inclusion in the Health Futures Forum, where the ideas are pitched
Inaugural Health Futures Forum - each team presents 10 slides in 10 minutes
The panel will then assess, and the winners will be announced