The Hallmark Research Initiatives program is intended to enable the maturing of interdisciplinary research communities that build on existing strengths across the University. It seeks to harness cross-University capabilities and increase the impact of our high quality research.
Current Hallmark Research Initiatives
Building research scholarship addressing the complexity of housing systems and their role in supporting or inhibiting sustainability, social justice and economic stability.
BioInspiration is an approach to innovation: principles underpinning biological systems are applied creatively to human technological and design challenges.
Creativity and Wellbeing
Focusing on the intersection of creativity and wellbeing.
Economic and Social Participation
Developing an understanding of participation in and engagement with social, economic and political institutions across the lifecourse
Focusing on protein production and involving aspects of social and cultural acceptability, health and wellbeing, and sustainability
Promoting indigenous research and indigenous researchers from across the University of Melbourne research community
Seeking to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of Indonesian governance in comparative context.
Creating opportunities for University of Melbourne researchers to engage in academic collaboration and multidisciplinary research on statelessness and citizenship
Establishing the Hallmark Research Initiatives Program
In June 2014 the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) reported to University Executive the establishment of the Hallmark Research Initiatives program, noting as its strategic objectives,
- an increase in interdisciplinary and intra-institutional academic collaboration;
- an increase in collaborative research with external partners;
- facilitation of additional highly competitive applications involving researchers from multiple disciplines to a range of external funding agencies, including industry and international sources; and
- increased public awareness of the University as a provider of outstanding research that is relevant to and benefits the community.
The first four Hallmark Research Initiatives, identified through the Research@Melbourne consultation process, were established in late 2014 with funding for three years.
Calls for Expressions of Interest (2015, 2017 and 2019) have resulted in the establishment of another ten Hallmark Research Initiatives. Research leadership is drawn from all faculties, with the third wave (2017) established specifically to surface and support Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)-led, cross divisional alliances that currently exist within the University.
It is anticipated that future opportunities for Hallmark Research Initiatives will be available from time to time, in alignment with the university's research strategy.
We welcome your interest
If you have questions or comments regarding the Hallmark Research Initiatives program, please contact us, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please refer to individual Hallmark Research Initiative websites [HERE] for information about their research, people, opportunities to engage, and contact information.