The Hallmark Research Initiatives address significant local and global challenges that cannot be solved by one discipline alone. They have a start and end date, and usually run for three years. These former initiatives encouraged the maturing of interdisciplinary research communities. They achieved this through research projects, workshops, fellowships and events. The initiatives also led to the creation of new research networks, and in some cases, transitioned to a Melbourne Interdisciplinary Research Institute.
The Ageing Hallmark Research Initiative researched creative solutions to the challenges that come with an ageing population.
The Children’s Lives Hallmark Research Initiative put the voices of children at the centre of the research and policy agenda.
The Computational Biology Hallmark Research Initiative strengthened cross-disciplinary and external collaborations in computational biology.
The Disability Hallmark Research Initiative brought disciplines together to focus on changing the social, economic and physical environments that impact people with disability.
The Indigenous Hallmark Research Initiative built a stronger Indigenous research cohort within and beyond the University.
The Materials Hallmark Research Initiative supported interdisciplinary research and development in scaleable nano to meso-materials.
The Therapeutic Technologies Research Initiative focused on new applications of mechano-pharmacology and organ-on-a-chip technology to transform drug screening processes.