CSIRO relies on excellent science to deliver impact to industry, society and the environment. Each year we conduct a ‘health check’ to review and evaluate our science excellence. These results are now available in the CSIRO Science Health and Excellence Report 2015-16.

Our research outputs continues to perform very strongly and our excellent science and innovation is delivering real impact both domestically and internationally.

Highlights from the 2015-16 assessment include:

  • CSIRO plays a crucial role in the Australian Innovation System. It is the largest producer of research relevant to Australia’s Strategic Priorities and the Industry Growth Centres.
  • CSIRO is one of the very best Australian research institutes. CSIRO’s research publications are of a similar high standard in science excellence to those from leading Australian Universities.
  • Amongst Australian research institutes, CSIRO continues to be the largest filer of provisional patents in 2015.
  • CSIRO is ranked the 24th largest PCT patent application filer amongst government and research institutions worldwide in 2015.
  • Key patented technology areas are plant genetics and modification, polymers, sensors and devices, medical fields, batteries, and gas capture and processing.
  • CSIRO is the key connector of Australian institutions in the research areas of agricultural sciences, plant and animal science, the environment and ecology, and geosciences.
  • CSIRO’s publication performance continues to be very strong, both domestically and internationally.
  • CSIRO publishes three times the average share of articles in the top one per cent of most cited and our articles are 52 per cent more cited that the global average. This is the very best research.
  • CSIRO’s publication collaboration level is 64 per cent nationally and 55 per cent internationally.
  • CSIRO produces 10 per cent of Australia’s publications in each of these fields: agricultural sciences, the environment and ecology, space sciences, geosciences, plant & animal sciences.
  • CSIRO licenses one third of all its IP assets to about 290 different entities, both local and international, resulting in over 300 unique licenses.

Other topics examined in the report include CSIRO’s research staffing and resourcing, domestic and international collaborators, comparison of CSIRO’s publication and intellectual property performance to other government research agencies and Australian universities and detailed analyses of CSIRO’s patents and publications.

Printable one page summaries

More information is included in our one page summary of the report highlights:

Documents included on this page may not be compatible with assistive technologies. If you require assistance to access either of these reports, please contact Dr Xanthe Wells.

The latest CSIRO Science Health and Excellence Report is available in our Publications Repository.

Contact information

Xanthe Wells:
Executive Manager

+61 2 9490 8194

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