Research vision

ACU develops innovative solutions to issues impacting human dignity and the common good. Through faith and reason, we seek truth and build a greater understanding of people and the world in which we live.

Our research and enterprise activities embrace the full life cycle of research, from knowledge creation to its translation and application towards outcomes of social, cultural and economic benefit.

We build links between our research institutes, centres and faculties to create research translation networks and achieve impact across ACU, industry, community and government.

Our approach provides ACU students with greater exposure to research and enables the development of research-informed curricula.

We offer exciting opportunities for higher degree research students, including joint programs with industry, government and our international partners.

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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A research degree is your opportunity to deeply investigate a topic that interests you and develop skills that open up new possibilities for your career and future.

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