Group of Eight Australia
Australia's Leading Universities
     Modules     Organiser  

Module 2: Commencement and Collaboration – Putting Ideas Into Practice

Topic 1: Forming Successful Collaborations

Finding the right collaborator/s and research partners can be both challenging and rewarding.

Finding the right collaborators who will challenge you (and be challenged by you) and with whom you know you can work in intense, pressured environments can make a research project (or even a career) much more enjoyable and productive.

Learning outcomes

After completing this topic you should be able to:

  • Reflect on the elements of successful and strategic collaborations/partnerships.
  • Know what can get in the way of establishing healthy collaborator and stakeholder relations.

Topic content

Read the following notes.
1.1 Finding the right collaborator/partner
1.2 Issues that can impact on research partnerships


Complete the following activity after reading the subtopics.

‘Quid pro quo’ in Collaboration

Take 15 minutes or so to make some brief notes on what constitutes ‘quid pro quo’ (more-or-less equal exchange or substitution of goods or services) in a collaboration between the parties outlined in each of the following cases. Bring your notes to the workshop, where this will be discussed further.

  • Two universities
  • Government and university
  • Industrial company and university
  • Community group and university

Additional Reading/Activities

Engaging with this material (and the material in other sections of the module under the same heading) is optional. However, if you wish to gain a deeper understanding of the topic you may find the following material useful.

A range of resources is available from the European University Association. While these resources were developed to deal with collaborations between European industry and European publicly funded research institutes, there is a lot of general information that can be applied to collaborative research projects in Australia. Further information available from:

Some other resources to review are:


  < Organiser > Next >