At Griffith, we’ve sealed our reputation as one of Australia's leading comprehensive research universities, with strengths ranging from the creative arts, social sciences and humanities through to the physical and natural sciences, engineering and IT, health and medicine.

Our research centres and institutes provide a robust framework for focused research, while our commitment to our Areas of Strategic Investment underpins our aspirations for world-leading research outcomes.

The over-riding vision for the Research and Innovation Plan 2017-2020 is for Griffith to fit the profile of a leading (top 300) research university in all aspects by 2020. The Plan sets minimum expectations for higher degree by research education, research publication quality and volume, research income and the performance standards that we expect from staff.

Our research focuses on key scientific questions and social issues confronting national and international communities by bringing together disciplines to find solutions that create social, health, environmental or economic impact–in the same way we have done for more than 40 years.

As one of the fastest growing universities in Australia, Griffith has established strong partnerships with industry, organisations, government and the wider community making it a place where the next generation of researchers and professionals is being nurtured to make their contributions to the world.

Excellence in Research for Australia

In the most recent national evaluation of research performance, Excellence in Research for Australia 2018, Griffith was rated world standard or above in 59 specific fields of research, of which 20 received the highest possible rating of ‘5’ (well above world standard) and another 21 rated at ‘4’ (above world standard). Griffith’s research is ranked world-standard or better in 19 broad fields of research, with four of these – Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Technology –  receiving the highest possible rating of ‘5’ (well above world standard). The University now has 41 fields of research rated at ‘well above’ or ‘above world standard’, and these are in every major grouping of the University including health, science, environment, information technology, business, social sciences, humanities and the creative and performing arts.

Rankings performance

Griffith now appears in the top 400 in all major global university rankings, including top 300 positions in the prestigious Leiden CWTS ranking and the Times HE World University Rankings. Griffith also ranks highly as a young university, placing 35th in the QS Top 100 under 50 rankings (2018) and 37th in the 2018 Times HE Top 200 under 50.

Griffith's rankings performance

Research services

Under the strategic leadership of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), the major research services at Griffith comprise the:

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