$10 million for CDU higher education research 


The Australian Government has injected another $10 million in research funding to Charles Darwin University.

The funding, part of the government’s $1.42 billion for research and research training for Australian universities, was announced in Adelaide by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr.

“More than half of the $1.42 billion will go towards training the next generation of Australian researchers – researchers we will need if we are to answer the challenges and build the industries of tomorrow,” Senator Carr said.

 “The Rudd Government will continue to support research that drives excellence, collaboration and diversity – vital elements for Australia’s prosperity.”

CDU Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research & International, Professor Bob Wasson said the latest funding win highlighted both the productivity of the university’s researchers and the high quality of their work.

“The university continues to be recognised for its research expertise particularly in Indigenous knowledge and tropical and desert knowledge of the Australian and Asia-Pacific region,” he said.

“CDU researchers collaborate across disciplines to develop strong research teams to tackle complex issues. We also place a high priority on research collaboration with universities and industry partners both in Australia and internationally.”

The announcement comes on the back of CDU being ranked in the top five Australian universities by a new international ranking of institutions.

The Spain-based SCImago Institutions 2009 World Report recently published the first index of institutions that are active in research, ranking CDU in fifth place against 36 Australian universities.