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Our world-class research
Our research drives transformative innovation and impact. Here, you’ll find passionate researchers working at the cutting edge of their fields, committed to changing lives for the better and ensuring a thriving future for all.
Moving in the right direction
Extending the odds for racehorses
How 57,000 women are shaping health policy in Australia
Driving innovation in the minerals sector
We're proud to be a research-intensive university. Our world-class researchers continue to attract funding from national and international funding bodies as well as industry and community partnerships. Learn more about latest funding wins.
Environmentally sustainable ARC projects awarded almost $2 million in funding
The Australian Research Council (ARC) has announced its latest round of funding for Linkage Project grants, with three University of Newcastle projects attracting funding totalling $1,868,005.
Great ideas attract $7 million in NHMRC grants
Seven University of Newcastle researchers have been awarded more than $7 million in National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Ideas Grants, designed to support innovative and creative research projects which address a specific question.
ARC grants to focus on peace in the Middle East and sex and the Australian military
Two Centre for the Study of Violence researchers have been successful in the highly competitive ARC discovery scheme.
We have a strong track record for driving discoveries across a host of research disciplines. By leveraging the unique history of our region – and our research and academic excellence – we want our university and our regions to be the ultimate test bed for innovation.
Using hemp to remove toxic chemicals from soil
Dr Brett Turner knows that PFAS chemical contamination is a dangerous problem, and a global one. That’s why Brett and his team are developing a groundbreaking new way to remove these contaminants from soil using all-natural hemp proteins. Over 40,000 sites worldwide have been polluted by PFAS. Brett is excited by the initial results of their work in Williamtown, where they were able to remove 99% of the contamination in the samples they tested.
Exploring strategies for lasting climate change solutions
Helping ease cancer’s worst symptoms
Awards and honours
Australia’s first Aboriginal surgeon - the highly acclaimed ear, nose and throat surgeon Associate Professor Kelvin Kong - was awarded the prestigious Menzies Medallion in 2020 for his leadership and advocacy for Indigenous health and research.
Dr Matt Dun was named a 2020 Young Tall Poppy for his work with rare brain cancers. He was also named Outstanding Cancer Research Fellow at the 2019 NSW Premier Awards.
Professor Anna Giacomini and Professor Shanyong Wang won back-to-back John Booker Medals for Engineering Excellence, in 2019 and 2018.
Laureate Professor Nick Talley has been named the most cited researcher in his field out of more than 76,300 authors. This is the latest in a string of honours bestowed on Professor Talley, who was named NSW Scientist of the Year in 2018.
'The Killing Times' – a collaboration between Professor Lyndall Ryan's Massacres Map team and The Guardian newspaper – won a 2019 Walkley Award for coverage of Indigenous Affairs. The collaboration also won a 2019 NSW Premier's History Prize for Digital Innovation.
Dr Myles Young was named Outstanding Early Researcher of the Year in the 2019 Bupa Foundation Awards. He has also been named one of the 2021 AMP Tomorrow Makers for his work in men's health.
As the top female applicant in the country, Dr Heather Lee won a 2018 Metcalf Prize for Stem Cell Research for her work to improve survival rates of patients with leukaemia.
Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin was named the 2019 Researcher of the Year at the annual Hunter Medical Research Institute awards.
Professor Behdad Moghtaderi received the prestigious ExxonMobil Award of Excellence in Chemical Engineering.
Clare Collins received a Laureate Professor distinction in 2020 - becoming the second woman at the University of Newcastle to receive such an honour. In 2019, she was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences for outstanding contributions to her field.
Pioneering cancer researcher Associate Professor Nikola Bowden was a finalist in the 2019 Australian Financial Review Higher Education Awards. She’s also the recipient of an unprecedented 10-year Hunter Medical Research Institute Fellowship dedicated to ovarian cancer research.
Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin was named a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2020 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of mineral processing. The fellowship is one of the highest honours an Australian scientist can receive.
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