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Research and Innovation

The Research and Innovation team

Meet our team
ORI Team

Our team works closely with CDU academics, research students, and research centres to address strategic priorities in research across Charles Darwin University. The Office for Research and Innovation delivers professional research support services with functions spanning grants, researcher skills development and training, ethics and integrity, policy, impact and excellence.

For more information about services that we provide for CDU researchers, higher degree research, and external stakeholders, please review the information below to find the right contact for your enquiries.

For any general enquiries, please contact

Karen Cavanagh

Office Leadership

The Director of the Office of Research and Innovation and executive officer provide leadership for strategic research activities at Charles Darwin University.

For general queries regarding the Office of Research and Innovation to

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Human Ethics Applications

Research Ethics Committees

The Research Ethics Committees at Charles Darwin review research ethics applications in the Northern Territory.

For queries regarding Human Research Ethics and/or Animal Ethics, please get in touch with

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Graduation 2022

Dean of Graduate Studies

For any enquiries about the Higher Degree by Research programs at CDU, please contact

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Operations and Research Strategy

The team is responsible for the organisation, and liaison on all research portfolio governance, policy development, and day-to-day operational management of ORI. 

For any enquiries related to ORI Operations and Research Strategy please contact

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Horticulture students inspecting plants

Higher Degrees by Research and Ethics

The Higher Degrees by Research and Ethics team coordinates and governs CDU Higher Degree Research students' scholarships, enrolments, and progressions while supporting our Higher Degree by Research student cohorts to connect and succeed.

For any enquiries regarding the Higher Degrees by Research programs at CDU, please contact

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ERI research

Research Grants and Systems

Members of the Research Grants and Systems (RGS) team ensure the smooth operation of the research information system and the university’s research and grant management.

For any general enquiries about the research system please contact and for general questions about research grant management at CDU.

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Dr Tracy Woodroffe

Research Impact and Excellence

The Research Impact and Excellence team leads cross-functional projects supporting CDU's objectives to maximise our research impact and excellence. For general queries regarding CDU Research Impact & Excellence to

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Charles Darwin University strategic plan 2021-2026

CDU Strategic Plan 2021-2026

CDU's new strategic plan will set out our roadmap for the next five years towards a post-pandemic recovery where we will be Australia's most connected university by being courageous and making a difference in the Northern Territory, Australia and beyond.

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