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Research Division and Portfolio

The Division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research)

The primary aim of the DVC&VP(R) is to support the development of world-class research in an increasingly competitive environment, both nationally and internationally, and to encourage engagement with the broader community.

To this end, we support the University in pursuing the following research strategies:

  • Recruit and retain outstanding researchers.
  • Attract an increased cohort of talented higher degree by research students and ensure they successfully complete their research programs.
  • Develop and enhance high quality research facilities.
  • Encourage an appetite for addressing the big research challenges.
  • Support an ethos of innovation, engagement, and translation.
  • Encourage research and the associated production of research outputs at the highest international standard.
  • Enter into mutually beneficial partnerships with high quality research organisations.
  • Maintain responsive, strategic and supportive research management.
  • Achieve the research targets set out in the University Strategic Plan.

Professor Mike Brooks
Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Research)

The Division comprises of six key departments, three controlled entities and an unincorporated joint-venture which provide research and research education services and infrastructure supporting the development of world-class research, both nationally and internationally, and encouraging engagement with the broader community.


  • Office of DVC&VP(R)

    The Office of the DVC&VP(R) provides direct support for the DVC&VP(R), and oversight of the implementation of the Research and Research Training aspects of the University Strategic Plan and manages the Research Budget.

    The Office also hosts the Corporate Research Systems team, responsible for the Operational Research Business Information Tool (ORBIT), and the Animal Welfare Officer. who provides oversight of animal welfare across the University.

    Contact the Office of DVC&VP(R).

  • Research Branch

    The Research Branch provides pre- and post- award services to the University's research community in relation to external competitive research grants and postdoctoral fellowships.

    The Branch supports research compliance related activities including Human Research Ethics, Animal Ethics, Gene Technology regulation (Institutional Biosafety Committee) and Quarantine; Oversees the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) research publications data collection on behalf of the University; Provides administrative support for the University Research Committee and; Provides advice on relevant University research policies.

    Visit the The Research Branch.

  • Adelaide Graduate Centre

    The Adelaide Graduate Centre (AGC) is responsible for the management and administration of research education at the University of Adelaide.

    It is the starting point for prospective research students, providing information about the process of admission and scholarship application and enrolment, and the support centre for current research students in their management of candidature, providing the tools to assist in planning and managing their research education.

    The AGC operates under the leadership of the Dean of Graduate Studies, who also convenes the Research Education and Development Committee (REDC).

    Visit the Adelaide Graduate Centre

  • Adelaide Microscopy

    Adelaide Microscopy is a centrally located facility and consulting service offering a broad range of the most technologically advanced instrumentation for microscopy and microanalysis to universities, research institutions and industry.

    Our expert staff - among the best in their field - have many years of accumulated knowledge in microscopy and experience in the biological and materials sciences, and understand the need for accurate analysis and application of the most suitable technique to solve the most demanding problems.

    Visit Adelaide Microscopy.

  • Laboratory Animal Services

    Laboratory Animal Services supports the biomedical research community through the delivery of best practice, and world standard laboratory animal services.

    Visit the Laboratory Animal Services.

Controlled Entities

  • Adelaide Research & Innovation Pty Ltd

    With 30 years in business, ARI has built a team of experts in Commercial Development, Marketing, Customer Management and Legal and Financial Services to meet the needs of our internal and external partners.

    ARI Pty Ltd endeavour to maximise economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits through the co-creation of innovation and the transfer of knowledge by connecting clients and the community with the University's internationally acclaimed researchers.

    The results can translate into a commercial advantage for our industry partners, new products and improved processes - or in the case of our work with Government, into positive impacts for society in health, education and welfare.

    Visit Adelaide Research & Innovation Pty Ltd Link to external website.

  • Roseworthy Piggery Pty Ltd

    The Roseworthy Piggery is a controlled entity of the University, jointly supported by South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI). Its role is to support fundamental and applied research and education activities relevant to the needs of the pig industry.

    SARDI's Pigs and Poultry science program aims to assist industry to develop sustainable, cost and energy efficient production systems that meet consumer's expectations of clean, healthy food produced in welfare friendly systems.

    SARDI's Pigs and Poultry science program area has grown from the Pig and Poultry Production Institute, which was established at the University of Adelaide Roseworthy Campus in 1996 as a joint venture between SARDI, Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA), The University of Adelaide, and the Australian pig and poultry industries.

    The science program provides research and development in nutrition, health, housing, reproduction, health and welfare and meat hygiene for the pork, chicken meat and egg industries. Research expertise and technology developed for the pig and poultry industries can also be applied to the emu, ostrich, deer and horse industries.

    Visit Roseworthy Piggery Pty Ltd Link to external website.

  • Women's & Children's Health Research Institute

    The Women's & Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI) is an independent research institute committed to improving the health of women and children.

    Established in 1989 as the Child Health Research Insitute, WCHRI now has over 70 staff and students involved in research spanning child nutrition, cancer, genetic disorders, craniofacial abnormalities, diseases of the blood and immune system, and development and repair of the digestive system.

    Visit Women's & Children's Health Research Institute Link to external website.

Joint Venture

  • eResearch SA

    eResearch SA is a collaborative unincorporated joint-venture between the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia. It provides services in high performance computing, data management and storage, research collaboration and visualisation for researchers in the State. The University of Adelaide is the host for eResearch SA.

    Visit eResearch SA Link to external website.

University Policies and Documents

Note. The Supervisor Register Policy is currently under review \x96 it will replace existing policy for the establishment of a register of eligible research.

Additional Information

How to price competitive research grants, research contracts and consultancies

Procedure for Managing Complaints of Research Misconduct, Serious Misconduct and Breaches of the Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

Government Policies

Information is available on the Federal Department of Education website. Link to external website

  • Professor Mike BrooksDeputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Research)
    Professor Mike Brooks, Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Research)

    Professor Mike Brooks
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor &
    Vice-President (Research)

    Professor Mike Brooks was appointed to the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) in July 2008. Professor Brooks is a leading international researcher in computer vision and image analysis. His work has seen wide commercial use in the security and defence industries and has resulted in international awards.

    At the time of his appointment, Professor Brooks held the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy), following on from his successful role as Chair of the Research Quality Framework Board, where he played a major part in auditing the University's research capability.

    Professor Brooks is Research Leader of Video Surveillance within the Australian Centre for Visual Technologies at the University of Adelaide and is a former Head of the School of Computer Science, where he holds the Chair in Artificial Intelligence.

    He has published numerous influential papers in the field of computer vision, image analysis and surveillance and has won many Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grants for his research. Professor Brooks is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Co-Investigator with the ARC Research Network for a Secure Australia, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Computer Vision, and serves on the Board of National ICT Australia.

  • Professor Richard Russell AMPro Vice-Chancellor (Research Operation)
    Professor Richard Russell AM, BSc (Hons), PhD, DSc - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Operation)

    Professor Richard Russell AM
    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Operation)

    Richard Russell was born in Southampton in England in 1944 and emigrated to Australia in 1952. He graduated with BSc (Hons) from the University of Tasmania in 1967 and PhD from the Research School of Chemistry at the Australian National University in 1972. He then spent a period of post-doctoral work at Imperial College, UK before returning to a position with the University of New South Wales.

    Professor Russell's research interests have spanned the organic chemistry reactive intermediates, photochemistry, molecular architecture, new reagents for chemiluminescence analysis and new instrumental methods of analysis. He was awarded his DSc by the University of Tasmania in 1999. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute as well as The Royal Society of Chemistry.

    Formerly Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology and Professor of Chemistry at Deakin University, he has written over 170 research papers. Outside research, he is an enthusiastic educator, and was president of 30th International Chemistry Olympiad held in Melbourne in July 1998. Professor Russell was awarded the Australian Award for University Teaching in Science, in 1998 and was made a Member of the Order of Australia, in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for 2001.

    Professor Russell is also the Dean of Graduate Studies.

  • Professor Robert SaintPro Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy)
    Professor Robert Saint, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy)

    Professor Robert Saint
    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy)

    Robert Saint is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy) at The University of Adelaide and a standing member of the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC).

    He gained his undergraduate, honours and PhD degrees from the University of Adelaide, studying gene structure and expression in the earliest days of recombinant DNA technology. He was a Research Fellow at Stanford University for three years, supported by CSIRO and Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation postdoctoral fellowships, working on the genetic regulation of animal embryonic development.

    On returning to Australia in 1982, he worked at the Walter and Eliza Hall Inst. and CSIRO before moving to the University of Adelaide in 1989, where he pioneered research into cell cycle control during animal development.

    In 1994 he was appointed Professor of Genetics at the University of Adelaide and was Head of the Dept. of Genetics from 1994 to 1999. He served on the ARC Biological Sciences Panel from 1995-1997 and was an ARC Special Investigator from 1997-1999.

    From 2000-2008 he was Director of the ARC Special Research Centre for the Molecular Genetics of Development (CMGD), which began at the University of Adelaide before expanding into the ANU following Professor Saint's move there in 2002 to take up the position of Professor of Molecular Genetics and Evolution at the ANU Research School of Biological Sciences.

    In 2009 he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne. He was elected a Member of the Asia-Pacific International Molecular Biology Network and has been awarded the Julian Wells Medal of the Lorne Genome Conference, the MJD White lectureship of the Genetics Society of Australia and the President's medal of the Aust. New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology. He was a member of the ARC College of Experts (2008-2010) and in 2009 was Chair of the ARC Biological Science and Biotechnology panel.

    From 2009-12 he was a member of the Human Frontier Science Program Grant Review Panel and currently serves on an NHMRC Grant Review Panel. He is also an author of the only Australian tertiary education level Biology text book.

    His research, which is supported by ARC and NH&MRC funding, focuses on the genetic and molecular regulation of cell behaviour during animal development using Drosophila as a model organism.

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