Research, the first strand of Growing Esteem's triple helix, is essential to the University's goal of becoming one of the finest universities in the world. The University of Melbourne is committed to being a comprehensive research-intensive university able to draw on cross-disciplinary excellence in response to major social, economic and environmental challenges.
To this end, the University has established a portfolio of interdisciplinary Melbourne Research Institutes, drawing on the breadth of the University's research activity. Each of the five Institutes addresses a complex societal challenge of strategic importance. The Institutes foster connections within and external to the University, provide leadership in the pursuit of important solutions, and showcase the diverse research programs taking place across the University. The Institutes program will continue to expand, made possible by the University's great research strength and breath, as reflected annually in national research indicators.
In 2012, after an extensive process of consultation throughout the University, the document Research at Melbourne: Ensuring Excellence and Impact to 2025 was released, outlining the University's research and research training strategy for the next 10-15 years. Research at Melbourne aspires to a significant advancement in the excellence and impact of our research outputs. The strategy recognises that as a public-spirited, research-intensive institution, our research must strive to make a tangible impact in Australia and the world.
The University will continue to evaluate and reassess its research capacity and the position of its disciplines, rewarding excellence and managing improvements where required. The University will also pursue improved government funding of research and seek to further diversify research funding sources.
The research portfolio is led by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) with the support of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Infrastructure & Systems), Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Capability), Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Collaboration & Partnerships) and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate & International Research).