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Support for researchers

23 November 2023

The role of Research & Innovation is to provide end-to-end services which facilitate and support all stages of research and innovation development, from initial funding through to commercialisation, where appropriate.


Research & Innovation provides support and assistance to the University's academic staff in their quest for research funding and other support. The unit is the University's liaison with funding bodies, industry and business, and oversees all contracts relating to research, consultancy and commercialisation.

Our range of services includes

  • Identifying, advertising, and assisting staff to apply for research funding, awards, and fellowships

  • Facilitating Māori engagement and providing professional development for the University’s research community in mātauranga Māori. This activity is primarily led by the Kaiārahi Rangahau Māori (see Māori Research Partnerships)

  • Setting up and managing processes in research project management, including budgets, contracts, research monitoring and reporting requirements

  • Providing, advocating, and notifying research- and researcher- development opportunities, and providing key strategy documents and other resources to guide research investment

  • Assisting connectivity to establish research and commercialisation partnerships in Canterbury, throughout New Zealand and globally (see IP and commercialisation | University of Canterbury)

  • Guiding and advising on PBRF (Performance-Based Research Funding) assessment processes

  • Providing quality data analysis and reporting to inform the University’s approach to optimising its participation in university rankings schema, including PBRF

  • Providing research management systems oversight, verification of research outputs and user support for Elements and Profiler

  • Identifying, reporting, and monitoring the real-world impact of UC’s research and commercialisation activities (see Research impact | University of Canterbury)

For more infomation see our UC R&I Intranet site and R&I LEARN site (staff only access) or contact R&I.


Gender equity plan

The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting gender equity and has multiple resources and policies that address gender bias, unconscious bias and systemic structural barriers. These policies ensure equality for women and minority groups in participation, leadership and success across both the student body and all academic and support staff. 

More information on how the University of Canterbury is actively promoting equity and making our campus a safe and enjoyable place to work and learn can be found in the following resources:

In addition to these resources, all University of Canterbury staff have access to free online training modules on gender equity and bias, understanding policies and practises that impact progress, and addressing gender equity. If you are interested in enrolling in any of these courses, please follow the below links: 

The team at People and Culture are also here to support you in all matters relating to health and safety and employment relations. You can find resources pertaining to all aspects of working at the University of Canterbury as well as contact information for their specialist staff on the People and Culture website.

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