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Explore research projects by institute

Deakin offers a diverse range of research projects across our seven research institutes. With projects spanning climate change, artificial intelligence, globalisation, disease, nutrition, mental health and much more, you'll have the opportunity to solve the world's most complex and important issues.

Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)

IFM is a leading materials science research institute, combining many different research areas to create and translate knowledge at the frontier of materials science for globally raised standards of living.

Browse IFM opportunities

Alfred Deakin Institute (ADI)

ADI is a leading humanities and social sciences research institute based at Deakin University, creating cutting-edge knowledge about citizenship, diversity, inclusion and globalisation which informs scholarship, debate and policy.

Institute for Health Transformation (IHT)

IHT are transforming healthcare in Australia and around the world. IHT's high-achieving research team aims to activate healthy populations and communities, innovate health service delivery and design, empower consumers as advocates for health system change, and drive equity and value in health and care.

Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI)

Dedicated to advancing the global knowledge base of intelligent systems research, IISRI focuses on five main areas – motion simulators, simulation training and haptics, autonomous systems and robotics, systems modelling and simulation, and human performance and cognition.

Browse IISRI opportunities

Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A²I²)

A²I² combines the multi-disciplinary expertise of both Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics (PRaDA) and Deakin Software and Technology Innovation Laboratory (DSTIL) to help industry, government and community harness the full power of artificial intelligence.

Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT)

IMPACT aims to improve mental and physical health at both the individual and population levels. IMPACT's researchers advance cross disciplinary, world-leading biomedical research and translate results into real-world medical and clinical practice that benefits the community.

Browse IMPACT opportunities

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)

IPAN conducts world-leading research into all aspects of physical activity and nutrition across the lifespan, from conception to old age, striving to improve health outcomes in populations all over the world.

Explore research projects by strategic research centres

Our world-class strategic research centres make a positive impact on the lives and wellbeing of communities not just in Australia, but around the world. Visit each research centre's page to discover the innovations you could be contributing to.

Explore research projects by faculty

Research groups are formed across Deakin’s faculties and associated schools by academics with aligned research interests, to share ideas and channel their expertise into ground-breaking research.

How to apply

Once you've chosen a research project you'd like to be involved in, visit our applications hub to get step-by-step guidance through your research degree application.

Learn more about research applications

Research that drives ideas to impact

Guided by our five impact themes, Deakin develops tangible outcomes for society, culture, the environment, and the economy. Our research priority areas focus on solving some of the world’s largest, most complex challenges.

Align your research proposal with one of our research strengths to give your application the best chance of success.

Our research strengths

Advancing society and culture

Building safe and secure communities

Improving health and wellbeing 

Enabling a sustainable world 

Designing smarter technologies 

Advancing society and culture

Advancing society and culture

Our research helps strengthen society, culture and the economy through creative, contemporary and intercultural approaches to education, the arts and business.

Find out how Deakin researchers are advancing society, culture and the economy 

Building safe and secure communities

Building safe and secure communities

From strengthening community resilience to the development of cutting-edge cyber security, our cross-disciplinary research builds ethical and innovative solutions to global security problems.

Find out how Deakin researchers are building safe and secure communities

Improving health and wellbeing 

Improving health and wellbeing 

Improved health and wellbeing underpins the success of any society, and at Deakin, we’re driving research that impacts lives – globally and locally – in meaningful ways.

Find out how Deakin researchers are improving health and wellbeing

Enabling a sustainable world 

Enabling a sustainable world 

Sustainable outcomes guide our research from idea to solution and application.

We protect and manage our land, air and marine ecosystems; use innovative resource management technologies; and support the transition to sustainable energy solutions.

Find out how Deakin researchers are enabling a sustainable world

Designing smarter technologies 

Designing smarter technologies 

We’re developing practical technology with ethical foundations to support a sustainable, progressive society.

Find out how Deakin researchers are creating smarter technologies

Research alongside world-leading experts

When you join a research project, you'll be guided by accomplished Deakin researchers with innovations, publications and significant achievements to their name. More than just supervisors, our leading researchers will mentor you through your Higher Degree by Research, providing valuable support that's a lifelong benefit to your career.

How to find a supervisor for your research project

Supervisors play an integral role in your experience as a research degree student. Finding the right supervisor for your research project is crucial and will help you get the most out of your degree.

Find a supervisor

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Domestic candidature enquiries
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International candidature and scholarship enquiries
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