Research grant funding

Wishbone Research Funding Applications

Applications have now closed for the 2021 grant funding round.

Applicants are expected to be either Registrars or emerging new clinical researchers, with an NZOA member as part of the project team.  

Research Funding

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.

2020 successful orthopaedic grant recipients
In the 2020 funding round the Wishbone Orthopaedic Research Foundation provided $35,100 to support 6 projects.

2019 successful orthopaedic grant recipients

In the 2019 funding round the Wishbone Orthopaedic Research Foundation provided $18,500.00 to support 3 projects.  

2018 successful orthopaedic grant recipients 

In the 2018 research funding round, the Wishbone Orthopaedic Research Foundation provided over $110,000 to support 12 projects.  

Legendary All Black Sir Bryan Williams is the Wishbone Foundation Ambassador. 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."

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