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The Centre also works hand-in-hand with researchers to directly support their research projects. These projects usually require more in-depth consultation, analytics, customised solutions and development. 


Projects must be research (not commercial), and be led by, or have a significant contribution to the University of Auckland.



Projects will require separate funding, but advice and consultations are free. (sometimes the funding is from a joint MBIE, VCSDF, SRIF funding application etc.)


Ensure you engage early to discuss the scope and requirements for projects, and to be able to allocate or plan for resources to undertake any software development. Because of resource constraints, it may not be possible to provide support in some cases. Also, due to the nature of research, we try to accommodate any possible changes in direction, but cannot guarantee delivery of a final product, only that we will work with you on a time-spent basis to the best of our ability to meet the project goals.


Please click here to request a consultation.  After an initial face-to-face consultation, we draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that outlines the project name, objectives and scope of work, a timeline and buy-out/cost recovery rates, contact details and roles for the people involved. (Please see the attached example below.)

Example of Internal Memorandum of Understanding

1.  Parties to the memorandum

Contractor: Dr N.N. Smith, Research Department, The University of Auckland
Sub-Contractor: Centre for eResearch, The University of Auckland

2.  Project title

Research Project Title

3.  Project objectives/scope

Develop and implement aa to allow to use bb to achieve cc.
Test, validate and document deliverables above.

4.  Suggested timeline and buy out rate

Period of <timeperiod>. Cost recovery is at a rate of $XX per hour, through an internal fund transfer for actual hours spent, up to a maximum amount of $YY,000. Any unused funds will be returned and any material or other costs would have to be agreed separately. The project and account number are to be confirmed at the time of payment.

5.  Sub-contractors key staff and contact details

Project manager: Name and email

Finance contact: Name and email

6.  Contractors key staff and contact details

Contract Manager: Name and email
Finance contact: Name and email

7.  Agreement

This Memorandum formalises the intention of the Parties to collaborate in the research project outlined above and enter into a sub-contract.
Commencement of the Project is subject to the Parties reaching a mutually satisfactory final agreement on the terms and conditions of the sub-contract.

8.  Execution

The undersigned represent that they are duly authorised to execute this memorandum on behalf of the respective Parties.

Case studies of contracted special projects

Hosting visualisation and analytics tools for COVID-19 studies

The Centre for eResearch is actively supporting several COVID-19 related projects at the University and on the national level during 2020 pandemic.

Antibiotic resistance and the “end of modern medicine ”

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An Archaeological database for threatened North Island rock art in New Zealand

With over 700 sites containing thousands of figures, New Zealand has one of the largest bodies of rock art in Polynesia

Waikato report on deprivation an ‘eye opener’

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Genomic Virtual Lab (GVL) as a bioinformatics training platform

Genomics Virtual Laboratory is a web portal provides a growing suite of genomics analysis tools, the biologists can start working immediately with no setup required.

Climate change impacts on weather-related hazards

Adopting recent scientific developments, the project aims to develop a data-driven model framework to be implemented and tested in detail at specific sites.

Visualising humpback whale migration

Associate Professor Rochelle Constantine has been named inaugural winner of the Sir Peter Blake Trust environment award for her work in marine research and conservation.

Biological heritage eDNA virtual hub – National Science Challenge

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ARCI, Archaeology eResearch Collaboration Initiative

ARCI, Archaeology eResearch Collaboration Initiative Joshua Emmitt, Graduate Teaching Assistant; Dr Rebecca Phillipps, Research Fellow; Prof Simon Holdaway; School of Social Sciences; Sina Masoud-Ansari, eResearch Support; Prof Mark Gahegan, Centre for...

Visualising the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes

The 22 February 2011, Mw 6.2 Christchurch earthquake was devastating and is the most costly earthquake to affect New Zealand, causing 181 fatalities and severely damaging thousands of residential and commercial buildings, and most of the city lifelines and infrastructure.

Mapping donor contributions in the Pacific

The New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research (NZIPR) is building a dynamic model of donor contributions in the Pacific region. The model will be constructed using data from a number of sources and the results will be displayed on a visualisation tool created by the Centre for eResearch.

Giving Pacific research greater reach

Launched in March 2016, the New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research (NZIPR) is a national institute aimed at promoting and supporting excellence in Pacific research, in order to deliver a world-class research programme focused on Pacific development, investment and foreign-policy issues.

Wandering around the molecular landscape: embracing virtual reality as a research showcasing outreach and teaching tool

Virtual reality in science is an exciting, effective and rapid expanding field in today’s research. Auckland molecular research at the School of Biological Sciences aims to build capability in the use of virtual reality technology for molecular visualisation

Modelling of costs of diets by INFORMAS

An unhealthy diet contributes to obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The price of food is a major determinant of food choices. The variation of the cost of diets is important but currently unknown. There is ongoing discussion on whether a healthy diet is significantly cheaper or more expensive than the current, less healthy diet.

Virtual childhood obesity prevention laboratory

Obesity is a complex system operating at many levels, containing a diverse set of actors, and operating via different mechanisms and operative pathways. These characteristics suggest the need for new and more dynamic methods to better understand determinants and identify solutions.

Growing Up in New Zealand

The Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) longitudinal study was designed explicitly to understand what it is like to be a child growing up within the family, cultural, economic, societal and technological complexity of 21st century New Zealand.

Visualising the campus in 3D

Nick Young from the Centre for eResearch has been working with Vasso Koutsos from Communications and Marketing to make an accurate 3D model across Leigh Marine Science Centre, City, Grafton, Newmarket, Epsom, and Tamaki campuses to support the university’s marketing initiatives.

Visualising protein interaction

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Visualising the New Zealand Index of Multiple Deprivation

The New Zealand Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) allows one to look at disadvantage in overall terms, as well as in terms of seven domains of deprivation: Employment, Income, Crime, Housing, Health, Education and Access.