Research collaboration

Collaborate with us on innovative research or draw on our expertise. We work with companies, NGOs, communities and government agencies, at home and overseas.

Partner with us

Victoria University of Wellington is keen to develop partnerships with businesses and other organisations in support of cutting-edge research that benefits New Zealand and the wider world.

We collaborate with a large number of companies, governments and universities around the world, and we are developing strong research partnerships with iwi and other Māori organisations .

We help businesses to innovate, putting them in touch directly with our researchers. We are open to companies—both small start-ups and multinational corporations—seeking specific business solutions or wishing to invest in commercial research ventures with Victoria University of Wellington. We also licence new technologies and intellectual property.

We want to work with industry partners who recognise the value of ground-breaking technologies, ideas and expertise. We invite you to talk to a member of our external liaison team about your needs.

Benefit from our expertise

As New Zealand’s number one university for intensity of high-quality research (2018 Performance-Based Research Fund), Victoria University of Wellington has research expertise in a huge number of areas.

Our researchers advise government agencies, NGOs and community groups. They sit on advisory boards and support working groups, inquiries and policy reviews. They help deliver social and economic development projects in the Pacific and beyond.

If there is a specific research issue you would like to investigate, we probably have someone who can help. Get in touch with one of our Research Development Advisors to discuss the possibilities.

You may also wish to engage one of our postgraduate students on a special research project or to talk to us about our aid and development work.

Collaborate directly with our researchers

We invite researchers from other organisations to collaborate with our researchers on projects of shared interest. These range from short-term two-person assignments through to large-scale, long-term, multidisciplinary, multi-institution projects with multi-million-dollar budgets.

Our Research Development Advisors can point you in the right direction.

Benefits of partnerships with us

If you partner with Victoria University of Wellington, you will benefit from:

  • Researchers with world-class expertise
  • Collaborative research networks that extend across the globe
  • Our ability to bid for major government research grants
  • Superb facilities and infrastructure
  • Research that is conducted to the highest scientific and ethical standards
  • Communications experts skilled at profiling research for a general audience and the media
  • Peer review processes
  • Commercialisation expertise and tech transfer agreements
  • Project management and budgetary systems to track progress
  • Support teams with a responsive and positive approach to research challenges.

Get in touch

Staff in the Research Office and in Wellington UniVentures, the University’s commercialisation office, are here to help. They are experts at bringing outside organisations and our researchers together. They will work with you to seek solutions to your problems.

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