The Hallmark Research Initiatives are broader in scale than existing research groups and have a distinctive interdisciplinary emphasis. They are intended to enable the maturing of focused research communities that build on existing strengths across the University, and designed to harness cross-University capabilities with the aim of increasing the impact of our high quality research and opening up new funding opportunities. The Hallmark Research Initiatives are part of the strategic embedding of a Grand Challenges perspective in the University’s research profile.
Find out more about our Hallmark Research Initiatives
Economic and Social Participation Research Initiative
Developing an understanding of participation in and engagement with social, economic and political institutions across the lifecourse
Statelessness Research Initiative
Creating opportunities for University of Melbourne researchers to engage in academic collaboration and multidisciplinary research on statelessness and citizenship
Indigenous Research Initiative
Promoting indigenous research and indigenous researchers from across the University of Melbourne research community
Ageing Research Initiative
Drawing together research on ageing to make the most of opportunities and solve challenges associated with ageing
Children's Lives Research Initiative
Working in partnership with children and young people to understand the challenges experienced by children and young people growing up in the 21st Century
Therapeutic Technologies Research Initiative
Bringing together the expertise needed to achieve drug screening in microfluidic environments that are mechanically appropriate, with a focus on use of human cell culture
Computational Biology Research Initiative
Promoting and facilitating computational biology research and researchers across the University of Melbourne research community
Disability Research Initiative
Conducting interdisciplinary research projects with community partners and those with a lived experience of disability
Materials Research Initiative
Supporting the materials community at the University of Melbourne to strengthen partnerships and engagement with industry
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.
- Disability Research Initiative
- Indigenous Research Initiative
- Materials Research Initiative
- Computational Biology Research Initiative
Wave-2 of the Hallmark Research Initiatives
A call for Wave-2 of the Hallmark Research Initiatives program attracted twenty-five Expressions of Interest with research leadership drawn from all faculties. These EOIs surfaced considerable cross-divisional activity and enthusiasm, with strong involvement from mid-career researchers. The original invitation and further details can be found here.
Through the Wave-2 process a further three Hallmark Research Initiatives and two networks were established in 2015.
- Ageing Research Initiative
- Children's Lives Research Initiative
- Therapeutic Technologies Research Initiative
- Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence against Women and their Children (MAEVe) - operating under the auspices of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute (MSEI)
- Data, Systems and Society Research Network (DSSRN) – operating under the auspices of the Melbourne Networked Society Institute (MNSI)
Wave-3, HASS-Led Hallmark Research Initiatives
Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) disciplines make an important contribution in addressing the grand challenges facing society. This third wave of HRIs was established to surface and support HASS-led, cross divisional alliances that currently exist within the University and two proposals were awarded funding (for three years) commencing in 2017.
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 in the Hallmark Research Initiatives
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
- relevant events, news, and opportunities to engage
- their contact information and newsletter subscriptions.