Northern Research Futures Collaborative Research Network

Northern Research Futures


In collaboration with the Australian National University, James Cook University and the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Charles Darwin University was awarded $5 million under the Australian Government's Collaborative Research Network to form a partnership that creates a national program of collaborative social, coastal/marine and environmental research and innovation in the northern Australian region - the Northern Research Futures (NRF) alliance.

The NRF is a multi-disciplinary collaboration to establish the important research architecture essential to meeting the national challenges associated with living sustainably in the remote tropic zone and also the interfaces between community and environment.

Our Goals

This important collaboration will enhance CDU's research capacity. It will also contribute to raising the quality and recognition of its research nationally and internationally through increased publication outputs; increased numbers of Higher Degree by Research students; higher levels of collaboration with research providers, businesses and end-users, as well as a substantial increase in critical social and environmental research capacity in northern Australia.

Our Objectives

The NRF's alliance has two medium/long-term objectives:

  1. to ensure CDU is nationally recognised as a critical node in social and environmental research for the remote tropical north, working as part of a critical mass of researchers with two of Australia's most research intensive universities (Australian National University and James Cook University) and a major science organisation (Australian Institute of Marine Science)
  2. to enable ongoing and sustainable programs of multi-disciplinary collaborative world-class research that is sought out by end users and next users for integration into policy and practice