What working with the University of Melbourne looks like

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We are pragmatic and approachable when it comes to working with our partners.

We know it can be daunting when you’re trying to navigate a big university. We also know that your research objectives are pressing. You need to keep moving forward, and not be hampered by administrative processes.

So, we’ve taken steps to try and make it as easy as possible to work with us.

A relationship manager will work with you

They will:

  • be your main contact
  • understand your requirements, goals and deadlines
  • indicate the investment required
  • help you determine the right resources for your project
  • connect you with the best researchers to help achieve your goals
  • communicate with you frequently, both formally and informally.

Your agreement will be pragmatic and flexible

Our contracts team has extensive business and legal experience. This means we are commercially sophisticated, we speak your language, and we understand your priorities. We will make the negotiation process as smooth and fast as possible.

Your agreement will outline the nature of the partnership, with details about:

  • your dedicated relationship manager
  • your Executive Governance Group, which typically meets once or twice each year
  • high level principles and strategic objectives
  • the communication process between the parties, as well as communication with external audiences
  • intellectual property (IP).

And if/when new discrete projects arise within the engagement, it’s easy. Having already agreed the contractual terms of the partnership, each new project will simply require a brief agreement with tailored terms of reference.

We’re helping our researchers work with you

Your relationship manager is your link between the ‘real world’ and the academic world. But we go a step further. We have researchers who are passionate about delivering real-world impact. And so, we’ve created the Translating Research at Melbourne (TRAM) programs.

These accelerator programs help our researchers to think like entrepreneurs and to engage with industry. This means they can maximise the commercial impact of research-based projects. And they can use these skills to make a difference to your organisation.

Partnership case studies


The University’s Business Development Directors assist organisations looking to work more closely with the University. With senior industry experience, our Business Development Directors understand the expectations of businesses and entrepreneurs, and the University’s partnering and commercialisation processes.

If you have a general question about working with us, or about which Business Development Director can best work with you, send an email to industry enquiries.

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Are you looking to work with the University?  We've prepared a convenient summary that answers the questions you and your team might ask to help you decide on your next steps.  It also includes case studies that show how we've helped other organisations to achieve their goals.

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