We are committed to nurturing scholarship, developing new insights and promoting a wider understanding of the world in which we live. Through our Research at Melbourne strategy, we have committed to cultivate investigator-driven research in the fundamental enabling disciplines, while pursuing applied or interdisciplinary solutions to three Grand Challenges, which address some of the most pressing global problems:

  • Understanding our place and purpose
  • Fostering health and wellbeing
  • Supporting sustainability and resilience.

These Grand Challenges draw on the deep discipline expertise and scholarship of our researchers who are working towards discoveries that contribute to the global reserve of knowledge and inform major shifts in thinking.

Strategic priorities

Research quality and performance culture

We’re committed to providing an academic environment that attracts, develops and retains the best research workforce, complemented with research systems and infrastructure to support excellence and impact.

Research focus and scale

We’re committed to being comprehensive, fostering fundamental research and applying resources to solution-driven research in key strategic areas.

Research collaboration, partnerships and impact

We’re engaging in new ways with industry and finding new ways to translate research into useful outcomes, driving the development of precincts and greater collaboration with our partners.

Graduate researchers

We’re building opportunities for our graduate researchers to succeed in careers within and beyond academia.

Key facts and figures

(Based on 31 December 2016 data)

$117.58 million

National Health and Medical Research Council

(#1 in Australia)

$98.9 million

Australian Research Council

(#2 in Australia)

#1 overall

for NHMRC and ARC combined

Research expenditure over $1 billion per annum

makes us one of the largest publicly-funded research agencies in the country


PhD completions


NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence funded

Named lead institution

for 2 Australia-China Joint Research Centres

Most highly-cited researchers in Australia

(up to 17 from 12 in 2016)