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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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Study a Higher Degree by Research (HDR)

CDU HDR (Higher degree by research) - CDU delivers high-quality research training for emerging scholars to undertake independent research in your area of study.

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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 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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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

  • Savanna gliders were one of the most frequent users of the nestboxes monitored during the study.

    Tree hidey-holes key to helping slow declines of small mammals

    A decline of natural tree hollows is forcing arboreal mammal numbers to fall, according to a new study exploring why these species are disappearing in Northern Australia. 

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  • Charles Darwin University’s Dr Dylan Irvine has contributed to the development of the first ever global-scale groundwater temperature model.

    Global research warns climate change is increasing groundwater temperatures

    A world first global groundwater temperature model projects that shallow groundwater will warm on average by between 2.1 and 3.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. 

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  • The Charles Darwin University-led project will allow Australian and Chinese researchers to share research and industry knowledge.

    New project to enhance Australia-China agriculture and aquaculture

    Enhancing the quality of Australian seafood and initiatives to introducing new dragon fruit cropping technologies will be among the activities and knowledge exchanged between Australian and Chinese researchers in a new project led by Charles Darwin University.

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Meet our team

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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