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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.

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 far-reaching impact.

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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.

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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 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 2017. 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.

As the quality, impact and volume of our research activity continues to grow, Curtin will remain ever dedicated to making tomorrow better.

Pictured: Increasing prosperity
The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre delivers high-quality, accessible research to inform policy makers of key challenges to achieving sustainable and equitable growth and prosperity in Australia.


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Top 1% of universities worldwide in the research-weighted ARWU 2017.

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Ranked second in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering in the QS World University Rank.

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Rated at world class level or above in 43 of 50 fields of research assessed in ERA 2015.

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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.


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 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.

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New era for child health research with Telethon Kids Institute partnership signed

9 January 2018

Curtin University and Telethon Kids Institute will work together as part of a new agreement focused on enhancing children’s health and medical research in Western Australia. Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said she was delighted to announce the new agreement because it signalled a new era for children’s health research in WA.

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