Research Strategy Documents

As a nation and a region, we face complex social, technological and environmental challenges. Universities, working in a mutually beneficial partnership with government, business and the community, are well placed to contribute to this essential process.

As part of the University of Adelaide’s approach to addressing these challenges, and to build scale and focus in research, this page provides the University community with access to key strategic research documents outlining our thinking, perspectives and future directions.

  • FAME strategies

    The University of Adelaide prioritises its research at scale within FAME (Foci And Magnets for Excellence) strategies. Our (FAME) strategies provide a platform that enables us to attract the best researchers and partners, and deliver positive impacts for our State and Nation through research excellence and its translation.

  • Agrifood and wine strategy

    The University of Adelaide is home to the largest concentration of Agrifood research capability and expertise in the southern hemisphere, complemented by cutting-edge capabilities across all our Faculties and Institutes.

    FAME Strategy: Agrifood and Wine

    This Strategy outlines a focused approach to bring together existing agricultural expertise together with new technologies, businesses and entrepreneurs to drive the future of South Australia’s agricultural and food and wine production; having at its core new, transformative ideas, multi-disciplinary and partnering with key stakeholders.

    Note: This document is only available to current staff members of the University.

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  • DIGI+ Strategy

    Advances in digital technology are driving breakthroughs in drug manufacturing, food production, transport and sustainability, while being a major contributor to the economy and job growth. Their combined effects with frontier technologies such as quantum materials, photonics and advanced manufacturing show incredible promise for exponential progress, acceleration and transformational impact on the economy and society.

    FAME Strategy: DIGI+

    This strategy outlines our transdisciplinary approach to tackle fundamental research questions underpinning major global challenges, while developing cutting-edge, ethical solutions for a sustainable, healthier, wealthier and safer digitally-enabled future for Australia.

    Note: This document is only available to current staff members of the University.

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  • DIGI+ Strategy internal grant scheme

    The DVC(R) is funding a new internal grants scheme to provide strategic investment in the Digi+ FAME Strategy.  Funding will be used to stimulate the development of new multi-disciplinary research projects related to the six Research Missions for Transformation contained in the Strategy.

    There are two strands to this scheme:

    • Initiate projects will be seed grants of up to $20k; and
    • Accelerate projects will receive up to $100k.

    The scheme is now open for proposals with details provided in the grant guidelines. Applications must be led by two University of Adelaide staff members from different Faculties, address the selection criteria, use the grant application form, and be submitted by 5pm 22 October 2021 to