Achievements and recognition
Swinburne’s reputation as a leader in research and innovation is growing year-on-year. Our world-class researchers focus on projects that cross disciplines and make real-world differences.
Our combination of focused research, valuable industry collaborations and investment in cutting-edge technologies, has driven significant research achievements and attracted recognition from around the world. Our six dedicated research institutes and 15 research centres ensure we are at the forefront of discovery.
A growing list of important research findings, business partnerships and spin-off companies along with a steady increase in government grants and international rankings, puts Swinburne in an advantageous position for the future.
$66m external research income1
220 research degree completions2
2,088 indexed publications in 20213
16 five-star discipline areas4
Our research strengths
Highly Cited researchers
13 Highly Cited researchers across 15 disciplines
Our researchers have been highly cited across 15 disciplines for 2021, Clarivate Analytics Web of Science Group.
Excellence in Research Australia is Australia's national research evaluation framework. In the latest report (2018), Swinburne achieved:
- 16 discipline areas ranked at a 5 (well above world standard)
- 20 discipline areas ranked at a 4 (above world standard)
- 20 specific fields of research ranked at a 3 (at or above world standard)
External research income
$57.1m 2021 total external research income
Our international footprint
Swinburne Sarawak Campus
Madras and Hyderabad
Joint Research Centre with Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM)
Joint Research Hub with Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IITH)
Arena 2036 Research Hub, University of Stuttgart
Silicon Valley, San Francisco
CSIRO-Swinburne Strategic Partnership
Weihai and Hong Kong
Joint Research Centre in Advanced Manufacturing with Shandong University Weihai, Weihai Economic and Technological Development Zone and the Australian Education Management Group
Hong Kong Productivity Council PhD Hub
Higher Degree by Research achievements (2021)
196 higher degree by research completions
More about our research achievements
Rankings and ratings
Our standing in prestigious world academic rankings reflects our commitment to high-quality teaching, research and graduate outcomes.
Excellence in Research for Australia outcomes
Our long-standing commitment to high quality research is demonstrated in the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ratings.
Partnered research centres and training hubs
Partnered Research Centres and Centres of Excellence are significant activities in areas of national importance. They focus on impactful research and transformative outcomes.
Achievements and success stories
We don’t just talk the talk — we walk the walk. Read about some of our key partnerships, programs and recent success stories.
Start-up and spin-off companies for research translation
Learn more about our successful spin-off companies, formed through research partnerships with businesses and industry.
Significant research findings
Swinburne's research findings have a far-reaching impact on science, industry and the broader community. The university's researchers have made discoveries that have dramatically changed the face of fields ranging from medicine to social services, astronomy and aeronautical safety.
Explore some of our most recent research outcomes below:
Motion art captures city life and multiple design awards
A Swinburne motion design team has taken data from the lives of everyday Melburnians and transformed it into award-winning living artwork.Friday 17 March 2023
More than $1.1mil in funding for Swinburne industry-linked projects
The projects will look at using recycled glass in roads, improving Australia’s 5G network, and boosting quality of life in aged care through technology.Wednesday 08 February 2023
Zero-emissions aviation the focus for first Founder In Residence
Hydrogen and battery-powered air travel is on the horizon, thanks to Swinburne’s new Founder in Residence Rachael Barritt.Tuesday 31 January 2023
Star’s fatal encounter with black hole creates rare luminous flash
Halfway across the observable Universe, Swinburne researchers have aided the discovery of a bright optical flare caused by a supermassive black hole ripping a star apart.Thursday 01 December 2022
“Cosmic detective” Dr Sara Webb becomes a Superstar of STEM
Swinburne astrophysicist and cosmic detective Dr Sara Webb has been selected as a 2022 Superstar of STEM.Friday 18 November 2022
Research impactOur researchers are dedicated to driving economic and social impact. We are searching for solutions at the intersection of technology and humanity, pushing the boundaries of what is possible and inventing the future.
1 Total external research income for 2022
2 Higher degree by research completions (Oct 2021 – Oct 2022)
3 Scopus indexed publications in 2022
4 16 discipline areas ranked 5 stars (well above world-standard), 2018 ERA report
Contact Swinburne Research
Whatever your query please direct your general enquiry to the research team on +61 3 9214 4859 or via email@example.com.