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Significant global impacts on social, cultural, health, economic, and environmental issues.

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Partnership and collaboration

Our collaborations bring many diverse benefits, from supporting vocational and higher education to building collaborative commercial ventures.


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Research Impact and Excellence

CDU has various research strengths that can tackle significant global challenges to contribute to society in the Northern Territory and beyond.

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Research Ethics and Integrity

Charles Darwin University places great value on the knowledge, expertise and integrity of its research students and staff and on their commitment to conduct research with high standards of integrity and ethics.

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Researcher Development

The Office of Research and Innovation runs university-wide programs for researchers at CDU. We design research workshops and other social events to support all CDU HDR candidates, supervisors, and early and mid-career researchers in their work.

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Research institutes and centres

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a research intensive university with outstanding performance and recognised excellence in Indigenous and tropical health, environmental science and public policy. Our research portfolio has a real world impact, within and beyond our unique location in Northern Australia.

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Higher Degree by Research

Study at our exciting and progressive research-intensive university. Work alongside committed and expert supervisors in CDU's Master's and PhD programs.

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Research and Innovation Calendar

The Office of Research & Innovation Calendar serves as a focal point for the latest updates, events, and initiatives within our research community. Key important dates for the Ethics Committee Meeting (Animal & Human), Research Committee Meeting, Academic Board Meeting, ARC & Other Schemes - Application dates, Grant Application dates, Writing Retreats for Researchers and workshops by ORI team are mentioned in the calendar. 

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Find HDR supervisor and available research projects

Find a supervisor and research project

Find a research supervisor and explore available research projects to start your research journey with Charles Darwin University

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Supporting emerging researchers

Higher Degree by Research scholarships

We offer a variety of research scholarships to assist you throughout your program. Find out what we have on offer and how to apply. 

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Current HDR candidates

At CDU, we realise that, as a research candidate, you have probably developed a unique blend of skills, qualities, and ideas, capabilities that you would like to use to improve the world, enhance your life, or both.

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Information for Research Supervisors

Learn more about our current research supervisors, registration procedures, helpful resources, and more. Our esteemed faculty members lead the way in their fields and are crucial in steering our research initiatives, ensuring a rewarding and enriching academic journey for all.

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Strategic Plan 2021-2026

CDU’s Strategic Plan 2021-2026  will set out our roadmap for the next five years

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Research Web Portal

Explore the CDU Research Web portal to access CDU's Research Projects and Researchers.

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Research & Innovation events

Explore various workshops, important dates and social events available for CDU's researchers and HDR students


Research news

  • Charles Darwin University academics led a study to see if Artificial Intelligence can help improve cybersecurity testing.

    Study tests if AI can help fight cybercrime

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) could become a crucial asset to fight the growing global risk of cybercrime, a new study with Charles Darwin University (CDU) has found.

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  • Federal Environment and Water Minister Tayna Plibersek MP announced who has received an Innovative Biodiversity Monitoring Grant today at Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) Casuarina Campus.

    New funding will see CDU and Environs Kimberley use drones to help monitor desert and savanna habitat

    Charles Darwin University and Environs Kimberley researchers, along with Kimberley partners, will soon be looking to monitor how fire management changes the structure and condition of about 43,000 km2 of savanna and desert vegetation using data collected by drones and satellites.

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  • A new paper co-authored by CDU researcher Dr Peter Kyne has been published in the journal Science discussing the plight of deepsea sharks. Photo Bluntnose Sixgill Shark (Hexanchus griseus) off Puget Sound, United States. Photo Credit: Greg Amptman

    CDU researcher and international team shine a light on troubled deepsea sharks and rays

    A Charles Darwin University (CDU) researcher is part of an international team highlighting the global status of sharks that lurk in the deep waters of the ocean, discovering that the group is under threat. 

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The Research and Innovation team

Charles Darwin University provides high quality consultancy and other research, training, and other services for government, industry, communities, and end-users.

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