Research in Australia
Australia is producing world-class research in both traditional and emerging areas including climate change, marine sciences, nanotechnology, biomedicine, water resource management, Asia-Pacific studies and astronomy. Australia’s research strengths not only make it an attractive partner for international scientific collaboration but also allow us to contribute to important areas of scientific discovery. Research in Australia has led to innovations such as the bionic ear, black box flight recorder, polymer currency, spray on skin, Google maps, and HPV vaccine.
Quality of research in Australia
How can you determine the quality of research in Australia? The Australian Research Council assesses the research quality at Australian universities and publishes an annual report. The 2010 Excellence in Research Australia National Report can help you find university partners conducting worldclass research in Australia.
- A score of 3 is at world standard research and a score of 5 is above world standard research
- 65 per cent of Australia's universities scored at or above world standard for programs assessed
- Australia is especially strong in physical, biological, environmental and medical sciences and excels in many humanities and social science research degrees
International collaboration for research in Australia
There are opportunities for you, as a researcher to collaborate with Australia. The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) provides information on government programs, which support Australian and international science researchers to collaborate as well as other links to portfolio, agency and science websites. Some of thse agencies include:
National Health and Medical Research Council
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Australian Research Council
If you are looking for an Australian partner, research capability or expertise in a particular area, use Australia's Knowledge Gateway to search by keywords. This is an online search tool developed by the Group of Eight - Australia's leading research universities.
Funding for research
The Australian and Canadian governments have recently compiled a list of funding opportunities for research in Australia and Canada.
A similar document is being compiled for Australian and American government-funded opportunities so please check back over the next few months.
For postgraduate scholarship and fellowship opportunities, please visit the Joint Academic Scholarship Online Network hosted by the University of Melbourne.
Download the Research in Australia Guide
For more information on Australia's research capabilities and opportunities for research collaboration, download the Doctoral and Research Degrees in Australia guide.