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Research For Life is the public face of the Wellington Medical Research Foundation Inc.

Fundamental medical research is by far the best pathway to creating both preventative strategies and treatments that transform people’s lives.

Find out more about why you, and everyone, should be supporting this great cause, here.

Our Mission

Supporting innovative quality research with a focus on funding researchers in the early stages of their careers who, through their work, will advance the quality of healthcare in the Wellington region and beyond.

Max Berry at Wellington Hospital’s Department of Paediatrics and Child Health,

at the University of Otago, Wellington.

Role of the Foundation

Research For Life is dedicated to supporting and encouraging young, talented people to engage in medical and biomedical research.

The Foundation considers appropriate applications from all medical researchers and research groups in the Wellington region. Find out more about our grant application timetable and requirements here.

The Need for Medical Research

Major discoveries in medicine have been made through fundamental and applied research. By funding such research, we aim to be at the forefront of medical knowledge and technical ability.

Projects Funded Recently

In the 2023 financial year (to the end of June), Research For Life made available up to $326,388 to Wellington based medical researchers to undertake innovative research, of which $34,209 were grants for travel to medical research conferences and labs. 

In the prior year, 2022, Research For Life made a total of $163,840 available for research.

Read reports of the medical research funded in recent years in our Annual Research Reviews here.

Help us to Fund Medical Research in the Wellington Region

Research For Life needs your support to continue its work. Find out more about making a bequest, gift or donation here.

We are a registered charity "The Wellington Medical Research Foundation" CC10659.







Research For Life is an incubator for medical research and a pathway to better outcomes for people.

Some of the projects currently funded are about:

Cardiovascular disease



Childhood urinary tract infection

Multiple Sclerosis

Meningococcal disease

Stroke therapy

Marine natural products as
potential new therapies


Metabolic stem cell & regenerative biology

Investigating the genetic basis for individual
differences in drug response

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