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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

Turning Hazelwood's empty coal mine into a lake could help heal mining towns

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Turning the old Hazelwood coal mine into a recreational lake will be a challenge, but it could provide an economic boost for the area.

Nurturing ethical values and promoting prosocial behaviour among university graduates could make the world a better place for everyone.

Ethical supervisors are the elusive spark of students’ prosocial behaviour

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Researchers have examined whether ethical supervisors could have a positive influence on the behaviour of their students.

PhD candidate Catherine Properzi.

A fatty liver could break your heart

Wednesday, 05 October 2016

A researcher who has found that a change in diet can drastically reduce build-up of dangerous fat on people’s livers has won ECU’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Researcher testimonials

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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 Science

Professor Geoff Syme Thumbnail

"ECU’s Office of Research and Innovation has actively helped me in regard to improving specific research proposals.”

Geoff Syme

Professor of Planning

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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, School of Business and Law

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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