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The Research Office

The Research Office provides the key administrative infrastructure to support researchers in delivering University research and innovation to stakeholders, business, government and the community. In addition to the central core functions that cover funding, contracts and programme management, the Office includes several distributed nodes closely aligned with the specific needs and interests of individual faculties, and serves as a contact point for interaction with the University’s commercialisation company, WaikatoLink.

The Office provides support and information to the University’s research community and activities in order to build on the University’s research reputation. The Office establishes external relationships with funders, end users and the private sector nationally and internationally, to support Faculties, Institutes and Centres in the development of funding applications across disciplines and organisations. It assists the University community through the identification of sources of funding, provision of budget and financial advice, development and negotiation of research and consultancy contracts and end-to-end contract management. Specialist functions include Advisors charged with nurturing proposals aligned with researcher’s requirements, Developers interpreting business needs, Compliance staff managing risk and maximising publication rights and IP.

The Research Office also provides secretariat services and support for the Research Committee, the Human and Animal Ethics Committees and the Research Trust.