Research and Innovation – a chapter of the 2013 Annual Report of the University of Newcastle, Australia. Includes information about research projects.

Research and innovation

Our commitment to research excellence is an investment in the future of our region, Australia and the world. We are ranked equal seventh nationally for research rated as 'well above world standard' in the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia Assessment by the Australian Government. We attract the world's best researchers and through our partnerships with industry, business and government and our purpose-built facilities they are supported as global leaders to deliver world-class innovation. We champion engagement and collaboration and in the most recent HERDC data collection we ranked sixth for Australian industry contract income.

Competitive research funding

We had an excellent year for funding in 2013. In the latest round of funding grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC) we were awarded $14.0m for projects to commence in 2014. Our performance in Discovery Projects was noteworthy, with $8.8m awarded, a significant increase on previous years.

We also were awarded a record amount of funding ($21.7m) in the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants to commence in 2014. We were seventh overall for Australian universities for the funding received and had the highest success rate in the country of any University awarded more than one grant. Significantly, we received $18.0m for project grants to commence in 2014, an increase of almost $10.3m on our 2012 total of $7.7m for project grants to commence in 2013.

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