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Office of Research


The Office of Research provides leadership, support and advice for the USC research community. It aims to facilitate and promote the advancement of the University’s research and research training profile, performance and culture.

Led by the Director, Office of Research, staff support the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) in the overall management and administration of research related activities at USC.

Key functions of the Office of Research

Strategic advice and communication
  • provide advice regarding USC’s strategic planning in the areas of research and research training and contribute to the development and implementation of the University’s Strategic Plan
  • provide support to, and contribute to the work of, the Research Committee and Research Degrees Committee regarding quality assurance and improvements in research and research training and the development and implementation of relevant policies and procedures
  • maintain effective working relationships with government departments and other agencies, including other universities, and contribute to submissions and responses to government departments and other agencies
  • communication about research and research training matters to staff and the broader community, including regular staff updates and the development and maintenance of the USC Research web pages and MyUSC research resources (login required)
  • provide advice and support for professional development programs in research and research training
Research development and funding

The Research Development Team supports and stimulates the development of USC's research profile.

To guarantee the professional and efficient administration of research grant activity within the University, all applications for funding are administered through this office. To support researchers at USC the Team provides:

  • strategic advice on funding research projects and major research funding initiatives
  • expert advice and assistance on grant related matters, including assistance in identifying external grant opportunities using Research Professional, USC’s funding opportunities database, and training in its use
  • assistance with the initiation and development of research collaborations with external partners (university, research organisation, government, community or industry)
  • coordination, review and submission of grant applications
  • the development and maintenance of effective relationships with research partners and granting agencies
  • review, advice, and assistance with negotiation of contracts and agreements for successful grants
  • professional development through the provision of staff training on research related topics (intellectual property, grant writing, rejoinder writing etc.)
Intellectual Property

USC's Intellectual Property - Governing Policy provides a framework for dealing with intellectual property generated at the University, and is applicable to both staff and students.

Enquiries concerning these or related matters, including guidance on intellectual property clauses in any research contract or confidentiality in the context of protection and commercialisation of intellectual property, should be directed to the Director, Office of Research Michelle Searle.

Graduate Research Studies Management

The Graduate Research Studies Management team (GRSM) supports higher degree by research supervisors in the following ways:

  • administration of HDR candidature and advice on candidature management
  • coordination of the HDR Scholarships program and advice on scholarship establishment and maintenance
  • contributions to research training and supervisor development programs (see below)

To ensure the highest possible standard of HDR supervision across the University, ongoing professional development for supervisors is provided through:

  • specific on-campus workshops and forums
  • extensive online resources and development activities
  • opportunities to participate in external training

To access supervision related professional development, visit MyUSC, (USC login required).

For a full list of current HDR projects visit Faculty of Arts, Business and Law HDR projects and Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering HDR projects.

Research performance information

The Research Performance Information Team (RPIT) collects, manages, analyses and reports on targeted research performance data.

Its vision is 'To build research capacity through the astute application of performance data and analysis to inform an innovative research strategy.’

The work of the RPIT includes:

  • collection, management, analysis and reporting of research performance information that enables effective reporting and informed policy decision making
  • management and development of the USC Research Information Management System (RIMS) to meet the University's strategic and operational requirements
  • coordination of the University's mandatory external research reports including government compliance requirements related to research and research training
  • management and reporting of USC research performance information to the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC), the Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation framework and the Australian Bureau of Statistics

More information on Research Performance Information at USC.

Research ethics

USC is committed to assisting its researchers to undertake their research in an ethical manner.

Research Ethics Officers in the Office of Research provide ethics advice and support for researchers conducting research on humans or animals and provide executive support to the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee and Animal Ethics Committee.

They also develop and deliver staff training and support materials based on relevant legislation, external directives, University policies and procedures.

Contact the Office of Research

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