Our research spans human health, and biomedical, agricultural, food and wine, environmental, and animal and veterinary sciences. In the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment of research quality and outcomes in 2015 conducted by the Australian Research Council, 7 of the 11 fields of research based in the Faculty of Science were ranked as being at, above, or well above, world standard. Particular strength areas in the sciences are in horticulture, environmental science and management, animal, crop and pasture production, and food and wine sciences, while we continue to develop research strengths in nursing, clinical sciences, public health and human movement studies.
Our researchers have attracted high level national competitive grant funding from both the Australian Research Council, and the National Health & Medical Research Council. In addition, the Faculty strongly promotes close industry collaboration to ensure we are conducting highly applied and strategic research that aligns with local, regional, national and international research priorities and with the Australian National Innovation and Science Agenda. Industry engagement and a strong presence through local and regional partnerships is an area of excellence, and has resulted in high level research investment from agencies including the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, ACIAR, Grains Research & Development Corporation, Meat & Livestock Australia, and Fonterra. Our partnerships and research outcomes are strongly linked with three key University Research Centres: the Institute for Land, Water & Society , the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, and the National Wine & Grape Industry Centre.
Key Faculty research priorities from 2016 focus on continued growth in human health-based research, further development and strengthening of industry partnerships and linkages, and a commitment to innovative, high impact applied research that translates to real-world outcomes. Further information on research in the Faculty of Science can be obtained by contacting the Associate Dean (Research), Professor Frank Marino (FMarino@csu.edu.au).