At Victoria University (VU) our research leads to the discovery of new knowledge and innovative technologies that can be applied to practical problems.

Research networks and collaborations bring us together with other university researchers, industry, business, government, not-for-profit organisations and the community.


Research areas of expertise

We can provide strategic advice and expertise and apply our research focus areas to solve problems or develop new knowledge and technologies for your organisation.

Our research focus areas include:

  • Building resilient & inclusive communities
  • Effective teaching & learning practices for diverse populations
  • Enabling healthy & active populations
  • Enhancing high performance in sport
  • Enhancing the evidence base for public policy development
  • Supporting industry responses to change.

Contract research & development

Work with our researchers to create new or improved products or processes for your organisation.

There are opportunities to use VU's specialist expertise, equipment and infrastructure to conduct tests and experiments that will develop and prove your concepts.

Our contract research and consulting services provide:

  • strategic advice on how our research strengths can benefit your organisation
  • collaborative research or research partnerships (including ARC Linkage grants)
  • commissioned research
  • testing
  • access to university equipment (including laboratories and research facilities) and infrastructure
  • project management of research projects
  • standard template agreements that can help speed up negotiations between VU and our partners.

Recent research collaborations

VU conducts research in collaboration with many partners in a diverse range of areas.

Victoria University and Western Health, two major institutions in Melbourne's west have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to support joint and combined activities in promoting the health and wellbeing of the residents in the western region of Melbourne.

Greater Western Water and Victoria University are engaged in a number of partnerships and agreements. These include partnerships focused on:

  • promoting research collaboration in the area of water and sustainability
  • investigating PH Neutralisation Salts, their chemistry and their use in industry.

Find out more about our partnership with Greater Western Water.

Victoria University and the University of Melbourne have a cooperative arrangement to advance the objectives of both Universities.

The endeavour includes cooperative education and research in the following disciplines:

  • nursing
  • exercise science/rehabilitation and physiotherapy
  • other health workforce areas
  • education
  • co-operative work on educational transitions between school and vocational and higher education.

The partnership between Victoria University and the Western Bulldogs is based on a shared commitment to sport, human movement and recreation, and the economic and social wellbeing of the community in Melbourne's west.

To facilitate this, Victoria University and the Western Bulldogs will take advantage of the $42 million investment in infrastructure at the Victoria University Whitten Oval and Footscray Park Campus to promote the economic and social wellbeing of Melbourne's west.

Our research partnerships include collaborations with:

  • AusAID
  • Australia e-Health Research Center
  • Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
  • Australian Departments of Education, Employment, Environment, Health, and Industry
  • Australian Football League
  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • Australian Sports Commission
  • Beijing Institute of Technology
  • BeyondBlue
  • Cancer Council Australia
  • Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London
  • Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics Australia
  • German Sports University
  • GWM Water
  • Malthouse Theatre
  • Maribyrnong City Council
  • MedicareLocal
  • Melbourne Water
  • Melbourne Writers Festival
  • National Centre for Vocational Education Research
  • National Centre of Excellence for Desalination
  • National University of Timor
  • Philip Island Nature Park
  • SBS Television
  • Smart Water
  • South East Water
  • VicHealth
  • Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
  • Victorian Departments of Education and Early Childhood Development, Environment and Primary Industries, and State Development, Business and Innovation
  • Victorian Institute of Sport
  • Victorian Multicultural Commission
  • Victorian TAFE Association
  • Victorian Transport Association
  • Water Quality Research Australia
  • World Health Organisation

Commercial opportunities, licensing & investing in research

Victoria University has knowledge and experience in many specialised research focus areas, with commercial applications across a number of industry sectors in Australia and overseas.

We continually develop new knowledge and innovative technologies with the potential for commercial development with industry partners.

We can help you if you are an investor or business looking for commercial innovations and expertise. We are flexible and listen to your needs in order to help you achieve your business goals.

Contact us for business solutions

Our Research Services Team can provide specialised solutions to help industry, government and communities:

  • build important research collaborations to encourage and support research activities
  • create applied research opportunities
  • develop innovative and enterprising solutions to help make research and commercial impact to benefit the world.

Find out more about current technologies or the commercial application of our research themes. We provide strategic advice, new and improved products, processes and technologies that can be applied by our partners in:

  • government
  • industry
  • the not-for-profit sector
  • other universities & research organisations.

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