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The Office of Research and Innovation provides strategic and operational support to the University’s research program and plays a crucial role in facilitating research outcomes.

We help to build ECU’s research profile by providing support to researchers and developing and implementing research policies. We also provide links to a range of agencies, particularly research funding bodies.

Our services

The Office of Research and Innovation provides a range of services to support and inspire ECU’s research community, including:

  • development and submission of applications for external research funding;
  • commercialisation and intellectual property;
  • research community communications;
  • professional skills training;
  • building a track record;
  • facilitating collaborations;
  • providing research ethics advice ;
  • industry liaison and promotion; and
  • facilitating internal ECU funding schemes.

News & events


ECU’s Enterprise Tuesday Launches for 2015

ECU’s Enterprise Tuesday 2015 Series has a distinctive difference this year, with a guest academic speaker now presenting at every Session, along with an industry speaker.

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Final research celebration event for 2014

Guests gathered in the council chambers to recognise dedicated ECU researchers.

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ECU Enterprise Tuesday Series set to continue in 2015

ECU is pleased to announce that the Series continue in 2015, with researchers as well as business people set to present at each Session in order to provide academics, researchers and undergraduate and postgraduate students with a connection to the business world, and support and information relevant to their circumstances.

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Researcher testimonials

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“I find the team personable, knowledgeable and eager to assist with all research-related queries.”

Rob Holt

Director, Centre for Sustainable Regional Futures

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“It (ORI) fosters confidence in research administration and provides excellent support for staff on research projects.”

Ross Dowling

Foundation Professor of Tourism, Faculty of Business & Law

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“It has been wonderful working with people whom you know are on your side when it comes to solving problems around research initiatives.”

Paul Lavery

Professor of Marine Ecology, School of Natural Sciences

Collaborative Research Network

The Collaborative Research Network program is part of a suite of initiatives established by the Australian Government to reform higher education teaching, learning, research and research training.

The program aims to lead to a more productive and effective university system by focussing research on:

  • quality and excellence;
  • collaboration;
  • sustainability; and
  • end-user engagement.  
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