Innovation fund

We want to partner with you to help New Zealanders recover from injury faster. We’re calling for proposals for innovative health services initiatives.

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Do you have an innovative initiative to help New Zealanders recover from injury faster? Apply for an innovation fund grant to support your project.

What is the innovation fund?

We want to reward and support innovation in the health sector that will help people recover from injury faster. We’re offering one-off grants of up to $100,000 (excluding GST) to successful applicants.  There is a total of $300,000 for the 2021/2022 funding year.

What are we looking for

The innovative projects we want to fund will focus on improving outcomes and experiences for people recovering from injury.

The projects could focus on either service design, systems, technology, equity, or improvements to a current process or clinical pathway. You could be introducing new or more efficient pathways of care, improving access to services, or a current process. It could be a technology solution that provides insights into services our clients receive. It could be a new package of care that can be tailored around our clients to achieve their best outcome.

The scope is wide because we know there is a range of ideas out there. This is your opportunity to get the funding you need to put that idea into action.

We are likely to support projects which:

  • are ready for implementation 
  • will be delivered within three to six months after receiving the funding, although we will consider projects that will be delivered within 12 months
  • have existing support from clinicians, clients/client groups, a New Zealand based institution or organisation
  • have the potential to be scaled up in partnership.
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Application process

The application process will consist of two stages.

Stage one

Applicants will complete a registration of interest (ROI) where they will have the opportunity to provide a high-level overview of your proposal. All eligible entries will be evaluated by an ACC panel. Successful applicants from stage one will be invited to stage two, the full application stage.

Stage two

Invited applicants will be required to complete a written submission to provide further details on their proposal and deliver a brief presentation virtually to the evaluation panel. The evaluation panel for stage two will consist of ACC and external representatives with relevant expertise. All submissions will be subject to a rigorous assessment process using the Innovation Fund full application evaluation criteria.

Full details of the application process can be found in the innovation fund registration of interest document.

Who can apply 

Individuals and organisations that operate in New Zealand can apply.

Further details on the eligibility criteria are outlined in the innovation fund registration of interest document.

How to apply

Applications are now closed for the 2021/22 funding round.

Key dates

4 February 2022 Stage one ROI submission period opens
15 February 2022 Stage one drop in webinar, link to come
24 February 2022 Stage one ROI submission period closes
18 March 2022 Stage two full application period opens
8 April 2022 Stage two full application period closes
9 to 29 April 2022 Stage two evaluation period
May to June 2022 Applicants notified of results
July 2022 Fund recipients announced

Contact us


For any general questions about this fund please email us.