Collaborative Projects

Collaborative Projects

AAMRI members come together in areas such as research management, HR, IT, and policy (see AAMRI staff networks) to share resources, knowledge and strengthen our sector’s collaborative ability.

As part of this collaborative work, AAMRI has established a Research Impact Working Group.

Measuring research impact helps us understand how research outcomes contribute to society and the economy.

As research outcomes contribute to the Australian economy, society, environment, and culture, measuring these contributions is important to understanding the return on investment made by government, industry and philanthropic funders. This is what is known as ‘research impact’.

The Working Groups role is to find ways to improve research translation and improve the ability of AAMRI members to measure and demonstrate progress towards research impact.

The Working Group recently secured funding from the Ian Potter Foundation to develop a framework for identifying and measuring research impact in medical research institutes. The working group will be responsible for driving the project, with advice from a wider advisory group.


The Project: Developing a framework for evaluating impact and translation of health research


This project aims to develop a simple and standardised framework that will enhance the sector’s capacity to translate research and knowledge into impacts that meet community needs.


Medical research institutes all across Australia play a leading role in translating research into health, development and wellbeing. AAMRI’s 51 member institutes are internationally recognised leaders in health and medical research that work on a broad spectrum of human health issues ranging from fundamental biomedical discovery through to clinical research and the translation of research findings from bench to bedside.


Project timeline

The working group was awarded $140,000 (over 2 years) in early 2018 by the Ian Potter Foundation to develop an impact reporting framework for medical research institutes, which is aligned with government and other impact reporting standards.



For more information about the project:


The AAMRI Research Impact Group


AAMRI member institutes involved in the Working Group:

  • Children’s Medical Research Institute
  • Mater Research
  • Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Telethon Kids Institute
  • QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
  • Diamantina Institute (within Translational Research Institute)


Project Advisory Group:

  • Children’s Cancer Institute
  • Hunter Medical Research Institute
  • Menzies Institute for Medical Research (UTAS)
  • South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
  • The George Institute for Global Health
  • Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research


Additional Technical Experts:

CSIRO, Centre for Social Impact, Social Impact Measurement Network Australia, National Institutes for Health Research (UK).