Prioritising research quality and impact

Strategically investing in research to maximise funding opportunities and enhance our rankings.

We will focus investment in defined areas of strategic research and research training – based on excellence (existing or emerging), performance and growth – aligned with our 10-year Strategic Research Framework.

We will accelerate growth and diversification in sources of external income to support our research mission.

Reputation and renown for the University, as measured through the University’s rankings strategy, will be significantly drawn from a focus on quality, excellence and impact of our research.

Work streams

Due to extensive overlap in both membership and content between the Focused Investment in Research Program Board and other University committees – including the Research and Research Training Committee (RRTC) and the Research Management Committee (RMC) – it has been decided to suspend regular Program Board meetings for 2023, with Program Board meetings to be called only for matters that cannot readily be discussed in one of these other forums.

Key benefits
Scorecard KPIs
  • a refreshed Strategic Research Framework aligned with the Operating Plan
  • clearly identified focus areas of multidisciplinary research excellence
  • streamlined and coordinated resources responsible for generating research income and managing its administration
  • HDR offerings and processes that enhance student training, support and career success
  • a sustainable ranking in the world’s top 200 universities, with improvements in external rating and renown
  • increased quality and impact of research outputs
  • increased and diversified research income
  • prioritised discretionary investment in focused areas of research
  • centralised and optimised research facilities and research infrastructure.
External research income
  • Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC, categories 1-4)
  • Other (eg Research Block Grants, National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy)
Ranking – University ranking
  • Discipline ranking (QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Academic Ranking of World Universities)
  • # of strategic hires
Research publication quality
  • % of Macquarie publications in top 10% of highly cited papers in the world
  • Average Research Citation Index
Higher degree research education
  • # of HDR completion
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Last updated: 07 Aug 2023