Finding practical solutions through collaborative research

When you partner with us, we bring all our expertise, technologies and resources to address your challenge. We’re committed to supporting businesses, creating jobs and driving economic and social development in regional Victoria.

Partner with us

Working with government on research activities

We foster mutually beneficial relationships to secure funding and external resources. We collaborate and share expertise to deliver large-scale, high-value outcomes. We also develop industry precincts, such as the Geelong Economic Futures Precinct, providing world-class research and development facilities.

Exploring the commercial potential of your research

Our dedicated team of commercial research experts boast broad-ranging industry knowledge and experience. Poised to support you and your collaborating researchers, the team bring ideas to market, manage contracts and intellectual property, as well as assisting with joint ventures and spin out opportunities.

Access leading research facilities

Our facilities are shared by researchers from across the University, giving you access to future-focused technology and new ways of thinking about your question or product.

The relationship with A2I2 has truly been the fulfilment of some of our dreams about how we can use technology to make a profound and lasting difference to the lives of people living with dementia.

Maree McCabe AM

CEO, Dementia Australia

Deakin's successful partnership networks

We strive to enable our industry and government partners to unleash their ideas and innovations for global impact.

Geelong Future Economy Precinct

Geelong Future Economy Precinct

Researchers at Geelong Future Economy Precinct partner with small and medium-sized enterprises to deploy our combined capital, innovation expertise and training capabilities. The precinct’s ManuFutures manufacturing hub helps businesses accelerate success through its unique facilities, programs and services.

Deakin Energy Networks

Deakin Energy Networks

By partnering with Deakin Energy Networks, government and industry can access our existing assets and build capacity and capability to resolve technical, economic and social barriers in driving clean energy solutions, at pace.

Digital Futures Program

Digital Futures Program

Supported by the Victorian State Government and Federal Government, the Digital Futures Program aim is to develop a thriving digital economy and society by attracting talent, upskilling communities and businesses, creating jobs and bridging the digital divide.

Barwon Health

Barwon Health

Deakin and Barwon Health have partnered for more than two decades, improving health services in the Barwon region and beyond. The partnership helps to build a health workforce of medical, nursing and midwifery, and allied health clinicians.

Become a strategic research partner

We’re ready to translate ideas and research into tailored practical interventions and scalable commercial solutions, delivering sustainable benefits for your industry and our communities. Become a research partner and see our innovation and impact in action, access our world-class facilities and benefit from joint funding opportunities.

What our partners say

We’re immensely proud of the work we do with all our partners. Across our 50-year history, we’ve forged a strong reputation for being a highly engaged and collaborative team. This means you can be confident we share your passion and ambition to deliver true impact. Hear from some of our partners.

Jon Partington, Founder, Partington CC

‘Being based at ManuFutures has allowed us to be embedded in an environment where we can access like-for-like businesses. We work with mentors and get advice in business, law and technology, and we have access to talent. We employ Deakin graduates and expect to employ more.’

Joe Winter, Chief Technology Officer, Cingulan Space

‘For industry to be successful, it is important to get a competitive advantage, to be cutting-edge. Working with an organisation like Deakin… they bring the latest theories and science to your problem.’

Nina Bowes, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Uniting AgeWell

‘Having access to leading academic experts in artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge technology fields has the potential to unlock innovative services and transform the experience of ageing for our customers, a goal that an aged care provider alone could not achieve.’

Professor Marcus Atlas, Surgeon Scientist and Director, Ear Science Institute Australia

'Geography made no difference because we really wanted to work together and it’s been very productive. It’s one of the best collaborations in science I’ve worked in because the people are right and they want it to work.’

Deakin’s partnership success stories

As one of Australia’s leading universities, Deakin has strong global connections and delivers world‑class research across our faculties, institutes and research centres.

  • ManuFutures
  • Integrated Water Management
  • Circular Economy Initiative
  • Renewable Energy Microgrid


Australian advanced manufacturing innovation hub, based at Deakin University, that helps businesses to accelerate success via unique facilities, programs and services.

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Integrated Water Management

The Integrated Water Management Plan at Deakin's Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is delivered in partnership with Barwon Water to enhance sustainability on campus.

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Circular Economy Initiative

The Circular Economy Initiative brings together leading researchers at Deakin to research commercially ready solutions for new circular materials and technologies.

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Renewable Energy Microgrid

Deakin is partnering with AusNet Services and Mondo Power to establish a Renewable Energy Microgrid on its Waurn Ponds Campus.

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Become a strategic research partner

Interested in partnering with Deakin research? Submit an enquiry online or download our partnerships brochure if you’d like more information in print format.

Download our Research partnerships brochure (PDF, 2.9MB)

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