Research services

Research Services monitors, promotes, administers and reports Victoria University's research activities. 

We provide support to VU researchers in the areas of:

  • research development and training
  • external and internal grants programs coordination, administration and review assistance
  • research contracts negotiation support and administration
  • human and animal ethics and biosafety administration
  • research performance data collection and reporting.

From 2018 Research Services will exist to support and enable the University’s research activity through a range of operational and strategic services delivered to University researchers and management. The services, support and team members will be as follows:

General enquiries

For more information regarding research funding opportunities, ethics applications or research development, please phone us on +61 3 9919 5577 or email

We are located in Building C, Room C302 at the Footscray Park campus.

You can also contact us about collaborative research & commercialisation.

Office of the Director

Ms Donna Hannan
Director, Research Services
+61 3 9919 4708 |

Office Coordinator
+61 3 9919 5577 |

Research Partnerships (including Research Funding)

Areas of expertise and service in this area include:

  • Research funding (external and internal funding) | Email:
  • HDR scholarships | Email:
  • Research agreements (financial and non-financial agreements) | Email:
  • Activity required for the commercialisation of research (including patenting and licensing)
  • Supporting University level research partnerships with industry, community and government.

Staff in Research Partnerships team

  • Deputy Director – Research Partnerships: Dr Andrew Gaff
  • Manager, Research Funding and Scholarships: Nita Eng
  • Manager, Industry and International Partnerships: Rocio Vucetich Karibian
  • Manager, Research Contracts: Louise Bester
  • Research Funding and Scholarships Officer (job share): Debra Fitzpatrick and Irena Dzuteska
  • Research Funding and Partnerships Officer: Li (Helly) He
  • Senior Research Contracts Administrator: Filomena Parente

Research Strategy, Policy & Infrastructure

Areas of service and support include:

  • Support for the development and implementation of University level research strategy and policy
  • Provision of research performance data management and reporting services
  • Biosafety | Email:
  • Animal facilities | Email:
  • Animal ethics and animal welfare services | Email:
  • MORA- measuring individual research activity| Email:

From 2018, the research integrity and human research ethics services, policy and support are located within the Office for Researcher Training, Quality & Integrity.

Research Strategy, Policy & Infrastructure Team members:

  • Deputy Director – Research Strategy, Policy and Infrastructure: Bree Nicholas
  • Manager, Biosafety and Infrastructure): Dr Faten Zaibak
  • Animal Welfare Officer: Joshua Lynch
  • Manager, Research Performance and Reporting: Alex Skevofylakas
  • ERA Project Manager: John Cooney
  • Research Performance Information Analyst: Geordie Zhang
  • Information Systems and Support Officer: Anastasios (Tassos) Eleftheriadis
  • Animal Facilities Operations Supervisor: Anne Luxford
  • Technical and Research Support Officer: Margaret Veale
  • Laboratory Manager – Western Centre for Health Research and Education: Varsha Lal
  • Laboratory Technician: Nicole Christie.

Supporting the VU researcher

The following areas include further information about how we support the VU researcher: