Research support at Massey

Massey University is committed to investing in the next generation of researchers by creating an environment where the world’s best researchers can flourish. Massey University aims to enable, develop and support world class researchers who are creative, forward-thinking, and autonomous problem solvers engaging in national and international communities of research practice.

Research and Enterprise

The Research and Enterprise office is the hub of the Massey University system in supporting researchers.  Research support is provided by professional staff within R&E and academic staff within in each of the five colleges (i.e. Creative Arts, Health, Business School, Sciences and Humanities and Social Sciences). 

Research and Enterprise (R&E) is comprised of three key groups with teams who bring specialist knowledge to all services provided. Those groups are:

  • Research Operations
  • Graduate Research School
  • Commercialisation and Enterprise

For more information please see below:

Research Operations

Research Operations (led by Dr Viv Smith) offers a holistic approach to supporting researchers from early career to distinguished professor and is made up of three teams:

Research Innovation and Impact

  • provide research funding support (reviewing and submitting applications)
  • assist with career and impact development

Meet the team


Legal Services and Research Finance

  • transfer contracts
  • review legal terms and conditions
  • contract creation and amendment
  • receive research income

Meet the team


Research Systems and Reporting

  • manage research support systems including RIMS, Elements and Expertise
  • provide support and advice around PBRF
  • administer internal funds and awards

Meet the team


Graduate Research School (GRS)

The primary function of the Graduate Research School (GRS) (led by Prof Tracy Riley) is the administration, enrolment, and support of doctoral candidates at Massey University. The Graduate Research School also provides supervisor learning and development through the Doctoral Supervisor Accreditation Programme.

Graduate Research School

  • doctoral admissions
  • candidature management, advice, and guidance
  • examinations
  • scholarships

Meet the team

Admission Contact

Candidacy Contact

Examination Contact

Graduate Learning and Development

  • provide learning and development opportunities for doctoral students and supervisors
  • guidance on Massey candidature processes


Research Ethics

  • human ethics
  • animal ethics

Meet the team


Commercialisation and Enterprise

The team within Commercialisation and Enterprise (led by Dr Gavin Clark) support Massey Universities creative researchers and students from any discipline.  They encourage greater research impact through social enterprise, investment and economic development.

There are three main services areas:

Massey Ventures Limited

A rapid route to pilot project funding for research with near-term commercial potential.

Student Enterprise @ Massey

Seed funding and development for students.

Commercialisation and Business Development

Industry engagement in support of commercialisable grants and research activity.

Meet the team

Rangahau: Research at Massey (Third Edition)

Celebrates Maori researchers across Massey University and those working in partnership with Maori researchers and communities.

Research funding opportunities

For more information or assistance please contact one of our Researcher Development Advisors

Additional Support

Information Technology Services

The ITS Research Technology Group has a focus on assisting researchers to utilise the right technologies for their research projects, along with providing assistance with technical challenges. Please complete the following form to request services from this group.



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