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Curtin’s international reputation for research has grown rapidly. As we build on this momentum, we aim to strike a balance between research that solves defined problems for industry and society, and research that pushes the boundaries of understanding.

As a university with an established reputation for innovation, Curtin excels in a diverse range of research areas that aim to change the minds and lives of people all over the world.

We have world-class research facilities, institutes and centres where research and discovery abound.

By taking our virtual tour, you can explore the Curtin HIVE, Innovation Central Perth, the John de Laeter Centre and much more.

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Our Research strategy

We will deliver research excellence and impact by achieving the following five objectives:

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Support, profile and build scale in key areas of research strength.

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Identify and enable areas of emerging research capability.

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Foster a strong performance culture for research, enhanced by analytics and targeted support programs.

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Improve our postgraduate research outcomes and establish an innovative Curtin PhD framework.

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Secure our position and deepen our capacity in knowledge exchange and commercialisation.

Quick facts

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Top one per cent of universities worldwide in the research-weighted ARWU 2020.

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Ranked second in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

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Rated at or above world standard in 95 per cent of research fields assessed in ERA 2018.

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Awarded $10.45 million in Australian Research Council funding in 2017, which will support 26 research projects.

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Recognised by NASA as the formal representative for Australia’s planetary science community.

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Ranked number 3 in the Asia-Pacific in Nature’s Rising Star Supplement 2016.

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Ranked number 9 in Australia and 284 in the world in the scientific performance-weighted CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019.

Whether we’re developing new mining technologies or exploring the origins of the universe, strong academic and industry partnerships lie at the heart of all our research endeavours.

Our ability to forge collaborations and share knowledge across faculties, campuses and external institutions have enabled us to take a ‘big picture’ approach to research and transform complex problems into innovative solutions that have a far-reaching impact.

Pictured: Finding ingenious solutions.
Innovation Central Perth is a state-of-the-art collaborative community that brings together start-ups, industry experts and researchers to develop ingenious solutions for cloud, analytics and Internet of Things network platforms.

Innovation cannot stand in isolation. We’re actively involved in joining with industry and investors to ensure technology developed by our researchers can be turned into commercially viable products that benefit individuals and whole communities at national and global levels.

Pictured: Halting crop disease
The Centre for Crop Disease Management is reducing the economic impact of crop disease through research into fungicide resistance, farming systems, molecular genetics and bioinformatics.

Our pursuit of research excellence has attracted some of the world’s greatest minds, who inspire the next generation of researchers through our distinctive postgraduate and PhD research programs.

Curtin researchers have access to the highest calibre of facilities and resources, as well as a supportive research community, which fosters a strong performance culture.

Pictured: Reimagining research
The Curtin HIVE (Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch) is an advanced facility that enables a new and improved capability in the interpretation, presentation and communication of research data.

Our research profile is recognised around the world. We’re ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019. Find out more about our rankings

Pictured: Mine site restoration
The ARC Training Centre for Mine Site Restoration is undertaking important research projects to address critical environmental and regulatory requirements for mine site restoration.