Research grant funding

2019 orthopaedic research grant fund has now closed 

This fund is mainly for clinicians, who are members of the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association, with a strong future focus on clinically based empirical multi-centre research. Ideally, applicants will be registrars and emerging new clinical researchers.

How to apply

Download and complete the official application form.  Once completed, send your application to

Your funding applications must be received on or before Friday 2 August 2019.

Further enquiries


P: New Zealand Orthopaedic Association +64-4-913 9891


2018 successful orthopaedic grant recipients 

In its latest research funding round, the Wishbone Orthopaedic Research Foundation has provided over $110,000 to support 12 projects which aim to improve the health of New Zealanders.  

Funding has been allocated to a variety of projects, including research into ways to improve hip and knee surgery, treat septic arthritis, and reduce bacterial contamination of lead gowns; as well as collecting data about spinal abnormalities in children, and identifying how to prevent spinal injuries in New Zealand cricket fast bowlers.

Legendary All Black Sir Bryan Williams is chair of the Wishbone Foundation. He says the research the Foundation supports is essential to help us learn more about treating and managing orthopaedic conditions. Sir Bryan dislocated his hip in 1977 while playing in a test match against France, and has had ongoing challenges with that hip ever since.

“The fact that there’s a lot of orthopaedic research going on is fantastic. Pain – particularly when you’re older – is debilitating and if it can be relieved by orthopaedic research and coming up with new methodology, that’s great. We’d love to have enough money to fund all the very worthwhile research that’s underway.”

Wishbone Foundation Orthopaedic Research Committee chair Michael Barnes says this year’s projects continue the high standard of previous years. 

 “Since the research committee was founded, it has gradually gained momentum and better and better quality research is being undertaken. In this round, 17 applications were received and assessed. Of the 12 projects which received funding, six projects were fully supported and six partially supported. When you look at all the sub-specialties, orthopaedics is a vast area. The diversity of projects this year reflects this."

The Wishbone Foundation is supported by the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association (NZOA). The Foundation is the result of a recent merger between the NZOA Research Foundation and the Wishbone Trust. 

It promotes and raises funds for research on various aspects of orthopaedic surgery. The research grants programme provides independent financial support for orthopaedic research in New Zealand. While grants are mainly smaller in nature, they can lead to larger projects which potentially have major benefits for patients.