Former Hallmarks

Four older men sitting and talking in a park, one has a professional digital camera

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.

  • three older people linking arms and walking down the street


    The Ageing Hallmark Research Initiative researched creative solutions to the challenges that come with an ageing population.

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    Children’s Lives

    The Children’s Lives Hallmark Research Initiative put the voices of children at the centre of the research and policy agenda.

  • Molecular model of protein indicating shape of protein backbone. Image by CSIRO.

    Computational Biology

    The Computational Biology Hallmark Research Initiative strengthened cross-disciplinary and external collaborations in computational biology.

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    Economic and Social Participation

    The Economic and Social Participation Hallmark investigated how to achieve population participation in work, education and social networks.

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    The Disability Hallmark Research Initiative brought disciplines together to focus on changing the social, economic and physical environments that impact people with disability.

  • Marchers and young Indigenous people at the Invasion Day rally in Melbourne Australia waving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags


    The Indigenous Hallmark Research Initiative built a stronger Indigenous research cohort within and beyond the University.

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    The Materials Hallmark Research Initiative supported interdisciplinary research and development in scaleable nano to meso-materials.

  • Girls pump water in Balukhali refugee camp


    The Statelessness Hallmark Research initiative worked across disciplines to understand gaps in understanding of stateless populations.

  • A printhead bioprinting a square-shaped construct in a petri dish. Image by Philip Ezze via Wikimedia Commons.

    Therapeutic Technologies

    The Therapeutic Technologies Research Initiative focused on new applications of mechano-pharmacology and organ-on-a-chip technology to transform drug screening processes.