About research at UQ

The University of Queensland is one of Australia's premier research institutions.

The University of Queensland is one of Australia’s top research-intensive universities, addressing many of the cultural, economic and social challenges facing the world today.

UQ continually builds on its global reputation in key areas such as leading healthy lives, growing the bioeconomy, achieving resilient environments and livelihoods, designing technology for tomorrow and transforming societies through an emphasis on high-quality, interdisciplinary global collaboration with public and private organisations.

UQ’s research excellence is something the whole UQ community can be truly proud of. The calibre of our research, and the impact of innovations arising from our work, are visible through various measures, including:

  • total research funding (second highest of all Australian universities)
  • 100% of research at or above world standard
  • fellowships of learned academies (173 UQ staff and emeritus professors are Fellows of Australia’s learned academies)
  • number 1 recipient of ARC Fellowships and Awards nationally across all scheme years
  • ranked in the world’s top 50 for Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities

UQ’s six faculties, eight globally recognised research institutes and 100+ research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of more than 1500 scientists, social scientists and engineers who champion research excellence and continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership.

As we marvel at the positive impact of UQ research, it is clear that exceptional partners and allies are instrumental in taking the benefits of UQ innovation to people all over the world.

Watch the UQ Research video and see how great changes start here at UQ.

The Research and Innovation portfolio will be releasing our Year in Review brochure shortly, containing all of our highlights and achievements from 2021. If you have any questions contact Rachael Woodman, Senior Project Officer (Events & Communication).

If you are a member of the UQ research community and looking for more information on how to prepare for possible disruptions to research activities as a result of COVID-19, please refer to this page - COVID-19: Preparing for disruption to research activities (login required).