One of the major strengths of the department has been its ongoing success in attracting external research grants. MCOM staff currently have won as many as six Marsden grants, considered to be New Zealand's most prestigious and highly-competitive grants. Staff members are also leading a number of other major grants including those offered by the Ministry of Science and Innovation and the Health Research Council.
Professor John Oetzel has a strong record in attracting external grants. Her has been a consultant on a US National Institutes of Health grant-funded project entitled Dissemination and Implementation to Reduce American Indian/Alaska Native Health Disparities (2013-2015) and on a project funded by the State of New Mexico’s Infectious Disease Bureau/NM HIV Treatment and Prevention on Assessment of HIV/AIDS services in New Mexico (2010-2016). Professor Oetzel was also a co-investigator on a grant funded from 2009-2014 by the US National Institutes of Health: Native American Research Center for Health for a project on Research for Improved Health: A National Study of Community-Academic Partnerships. He and Dr. Mary Simpson were named researchers on a Health Research Council/Ministry of Health grant for a project on Maori health literacy and communication in palliative care: Kaumātua-led models (2011-2012). The central focus of the study was to identify access issues for kaumātua and their whānau in palliative care services, using a health literacy perspective. The principal investigator was Rangimahora Reddy from Rauawawa Kaumatua Charitable Trust.
Professor Debashish Munshi and Professor Priya Kurian of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, along with Professors John Foran and Kum-Kum Bhavnani of the University of California, Santa Barbara, have won a prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Grant to organise an international symposium on Climate Futures at Bellagio, Italy, in July 2015.
Professor Juliet Roper and her team including Assoc. Prof. Eva Collins of Strategy and Human Resource Management, Professor Michael Stohl of the University of California and Professor George Cheney of Kent State University of Utah have led a $770,000 Marsden grant for their project entitled 'Sustainability at the crossroads: Examining the vulnerability of New Zealand's global environmental position'. This is the second Marsden grant for Juliet who had earlier led a project on the relationship between organisations' commitment to principles of sustainability and their support of New Zealand's ratification of the Kyoto Protocol.
Professor Debashish Munshi and Prof. Priya Kurian of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences have led a team, including Professor Robert Bartlett (University of Vermont) and Dr Lyn Kathlene (Spark Public Policy Institute) on a $ 560,000 project on "Sustainable Citizenship: Transforming Public Engagement on New and Emerging Technologies" funded by the Marsden grant of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Dr Alison Henderson has received a $ 300,000 Fast-Start Marsden grant with her University of California-based Associate Investigator, Professor Linda Putnam, for their project 'What counts as healthy food? Balancing organizational tensions between private and public agendas'.
Associate Professor Shiv Ganesh has won a $ 890,000 Marsden grant (to begin in 2013) on "Activism, technology and organizing: Transformations in collective action in Aotearoa New Zealand". Shiv had earlier won a Fast-Start Marsden grant for a project on 'Organising collective action against economic globalisation: A transformative social movement?' (2006-2008).
A multi-disciplinary research team including Professor Ted Zorn, Dr Mary Simpson, and Dr Margaret Richardson, won a $ 1.05 million Foundation for Research Sscience and Technology Grant for a distinctive project on positive aging in 2009. Earlier, Professor Zorn also led a $ 1.12 million on 'The impact of ICTs on Work and Communities' (2000-08).
Another $ 2.5 million grant on 'Socially and Culturally Sustainable Biotechnology' (2003-08) was led originally by Professor Judy Motion of this department and later by Professor Richard Varey of the Department of Marketing.
Professors Juliet Roper, Ted Zorn, and Kay Weaver jointly led a series of $180,000 per annum grants from the Ministry of Research, Science, and Technology from 2002 to 2005 focusing on The Communicative Properties of Science Dialogue.