Nurturing the research ecosystem

The priority of ACU’s research intensification strategy, commenced in 2013, was to develop the university’s standing within the academy. ACU’s significant rise in world rankings attests to the success of this strategy. The next stage of development for research at ACU is to expand beyond our current focus on a single component of research-related activity – knowledge creation – to nurture all components of the research ecosystem. In line with the current ACU Strategic Plan 2020-2023, the priority of the Research and Enterprise Plan 2022-2023 is to achieve sustainable excellence in the development of future research capability, effective infrastructure and systems, fundamental research, the translation of research, and the application of research.


Research and Enterprise Plan 2022-2023 (PDF, 1MB)

Knowledge creation

World-leading fundamental research in focus areas addressing key issues and challenges, involving strategic global academic collaborations with leading research institutions, and partnerships with stakeholders.

Translation and impact

Real-world impact and outcomes from research translation, demonstrating tangible local, national and international social, cultural and economic benefits.


Connected and mutually enriching strategic national and international partnerships: build on existing partnerships with Catholic stakeholders in research and education-related activities, and develop new collaborations with industry, government and the wider community.

Culture and environment

A public-facing, engaged and vibrant academic community and a research-informed curriculum with structures and systems that inspire and drive excellence, support entrepreneurial initiatives and multidisciplinary exploration of global issues and challenges, and provide mentoring and leadership in research.

Capability and capacity

World-leading researchers driving excellence, developing and empowering future generations – with a particular focus on Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students and Early Career Researchers (ECR) – and increasing pathways and opportunities to ensure ACU develops world-ready graduate researchers.

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