Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

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The Precision Driven Health partnership, established in April 2016, is one of the largest data science research initiatives to be undertaken in New Zealand. Orion Health is the founding commercial partner, working alongside New Zealand’s district health boards and universities with support from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Precision Driven Health was created to provide world-leading research into the emerging area of precision health. This involves applying new data science techniques to understanding the massive volume of data on an individual that it being captured by health information systems, consumer devices, social networks, genetic testing and other sources.

Invitation to propose research opportunities

PDH invites researchers and partners to propose research project opportunities that could be funded by Precision Driven Health.  Submissions come in the form of a project brief, and Precision Driven Health will review project briefs periodically. If a brief is selected, it will be developed into a full proposal in collaboration between the researcher and PDH team to ensure the best chance of success. The flow of our review process is below:

PDH scope

Project proposals need to be consistent with the vision of the partnership to empower data-driven precision health. The Precision Driven Health Research Partnership is creating the capability to optimise the health of each individual and their whanau by combining and learning from all available data. This will improve health outcomes for New Zealanders, increase health provider efficiency, and enable commercial success.

The research partnership addresses four key themes to enable this to become a reality:

1. Broaden the scope of precise, patient-centred healthcare by making new data sources
2. Utilise a variety of big data sources for predictive modelling in a healthcare setting
3. Utilise disparate data sources, analyses, and technologies to enable more precise and timely healthcare.
4. Leverage technology to empower all people to self-manage their health.

Our objectives are to:

  • Lead to better outcomes for people and whanau
  • Be recognised for high research quality and impact
  • Enable individuals to manage and improve their health
  • Enable commercial success for our partners
  • Develop New Zealand’s workforce capability and capacity for research
  • Lead to partnership growth

Selection criteria

A project brief will be evaluated based on its

  • Alignment with the Precision Driven Health vision and ability to contribute to its objectives
  • Potential health impact
  • Commercial potential
  • Validity of the research objectives

Once a project proposal has been formed, a proposal will be evaluated based on the above criteria, plus

1. The quality of the science proposed, and ability to answer the research question
2. Team capability to produce outcomes
3. Project plan
4. Potential return on investment

PDH is a commercially focused research partnership, supported by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to increase the commercialisation of precision health opportunities for New Zealand. As such, those applying for funding from PDH must not be utilising other sources of government funding towards the project, to prevent ‘double-dipping’ of government funds.

Intellectual property

A summary of the intellectual property agreement is as follows.

  • Researchers have the right to publish and use results for research and teaching purposes
  • PDH will own the rights to commercialise the finding from research, except where another party has funded the research and negotiated other terms
  • PDH health partner organisations have free use of the findings for health benefits in New Zealand
  • Pre-existing IP is negotiated on a case-by-case basis

If you would like to propose a research opportunity, please contact PDH at, including brief descriptions of:

1. The problem/opportunity background, and proposed approach
2. The health benefit of this research
3. The commercial opportunity from this research
4. A description of data available or required, if known
5. Any relevant information, such as significant pre-existing IP, or potential co-funding

You may download a research opportunity template document by clicking the button below. Please send this to when completed.