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

We provide support to VU researchers in the areas of:

  • external and internal research funding coordination, administration and review assistance
  • negotiation support and administration of research contracts
  • commercialisation of research (including patenting and licensing)
  • animal ethics and biosafety
  • data collection and reporting of research performance.

Research Services supports and enables the University’s research activity through a range of operational and strategic services delivered to University researchers and management.

Office of the Director

Ms Bree Nicholas
Acting Director, Research Services
+61 3 9919 5672 | [email protected]

Office Coordinator
+61 3 9919 5633 | [email protected]

Research Partnerships (including Research Funding)

Areas of expertise and service in this area include:

  • Research funding (external and internal funding) | Email: [email protected]
  • HDR scholarships:
    • for new enquiries | contact via: GOTOVU
    • for current, enrolled students and staff | contact via: ASKVU
  • Research agreements (financial and non-financial agreements) | Email: [email protected]
  • Commercialisation of research (including patenting and licensing)
  • University-level research partnerships with industry, community and government.

Research Partnerships team

  • Deputy Director – Research Partnerships: Dr Andrew Gaff
  • Manager, Research Funding and Scholarships: Fiona Smith
  • Manager, Industry and International Partnerships: Rocio Vucetich Karibian
  • Manager, Research Contracts (Acting): Gina Georgiou
  • Research Funding and Scholarships Officer: Debra Fitzpatrick
  • 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: [email protected]
  • Animal facilities | Email: [email protected]
  • Animal ethics and animal welfare services | Email: [email protected]
  • MORA- measuring individual research activity| Email: [email protected]

Research integrity and human research ethics services are located within the Office for Researcher Training, Quality & Integrity.

Research Strategy, Policy & Infrastructure team

  • Deputy Director (Acting) – Research Strategy, Policy and Infrastructure: Alex Skevofylakas
  • Manager, Biosafety and Infrastructure: Penelope Steer-Cope
  • Animal Welfare Officer: Dr Steve Holloway
  • Manager, Research Performance and Reporting: Alex Buick
  • Data Analyst: Anastasios (Tassos) Eleftheriadis
  • Information Systems and Support Officer: William Oung
  • Animal Facilities Operations Supervisor: Anne Luxford
  • Animal Ethics and Biosafety Technical Officer: Kelly Wilson
  • Laboratory Manager – Western Centre for Health Research and Education: Dale Tomlinson
  • Biosciences Research Support Officer: Valentina Jovanovska

Supporting the VU researcher

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

General enquiries

For more information about research funding opportunities, ethics applications, research development or collaborative research and commercialisation, contact our general enquiries service: