Support Research

Our researchers are passionately invested in tackling the most pressing global challenges of our time.

Support cutting edge research

Gifts to our research programs support the exploration and development of improved treatments and health outcomes, environmental sustainability, cutting-edge artificial intelligence projects, and the arts.

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You may wish to consider supporting a broad area of research, for example, cancer research – or there may be a specific research institute you want to support. We welcome the opportunity to work with you to align your gift with the area that resonates most strongly with you.

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We take great pride in being South Australia's premier research-intensive University.

Our research underpins innovation across a range of industries critical to our State’s and our community’s future, and in areas that translate to substantial benefits for society. When you give to our research programs, you are having a direct impact on the health, wellbeing, sustainability and prosperity of our local and global communities.

To measure research quality, universities around the world use the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) rankings. We are proud to share with you that in the most recent ERA ranking, 100% of our assessed research sub-fields were evaluated as being "at or above world standard", including research in engineering, mathematics, science, medical and health sciences, agricultural sciences, artificial intelligence, and the arts.


There are five research institutes within the University, working on issues of local, national and global importance:

Robinson Research Institute

The Robinson Research Institute is a collective of internationally renowned researchers in human reproduction, pregnancy and child health.

MAKE A GIFT to the Robinson Research Institute

Waite Research Institute

The Waite Research Institute was established to support collaboration between Waite Campus partners to drive research that benefits Australia's agriculture, food and wine industries.


Environment Institute

The Environment Institute exists to deliver outstanding research across environmental sciences. Water and climate scientists work together on biodiversity, marine, landscape and genetics research.


Institute for Mineral & Energy Resources

The Institute for Mineral & Energy Resources' (IMER) key fields of research are Earth Sciences, Energy Technology and Resource Engineering. This interdisciplinary research institute is addressing scientific, technological, environmental and social challenges.

Make a gift to IMER

Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing

The Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing (IPAS) brings together experimental physicists, chemists, material scientists, biologists, experimentally driven theoretical scientists and medical researchers to create new sensing and measurement technologies.

Make a gift to IPAS