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Research centres, institutes and initiatives
The Faculty of Engineering hosts and participates in a number of world class research centres, institutes and initiatives. These centres, which include ARC Centres of Excellence, Cooperative Research Centres, University Research Centres and industry/innovation hubs, are listed below.
The Torch Innovation Precinct at UNSW is a premier destination for entrepreneurship – showcasing Chinese and Australian collaboration. Torch brings together industry, SMEs, entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers from Australia and China.
Data61 is Australia’s leading digital research network, helping create our data-driven future. Data61 has a history of delivering solutions in fields including agriculture, cybersecurity, digital economy, energy, enterprise, environment, health, financial services, government, manufacturing, mining, and transport and logistics.
TechConnect is an incubator program that makes it easy for NSW businesses and startups to work with UNSW researchers. The program provides matched funding, co-working space, world class facilities and innovative training programs to businesses who are engaged in contract research on campus.
Innovation Central Sydney is an Internet of Things (IoT) Incubator for prototyping and testing new IoT solutions. The key themes is smart cities however project submissions may be anything related to transport, energy, water or civil environment.
ACAP is a collaborative centre developing the next generations of photovoltaic technology, providing a pipeline of opportunities for performance increase and cost reduction.
The ARC Centre’s broad aims are to accelerate the development of photovoltaics as a large-scale, sustainable energy source and to maximise Australian involvement with this technology.
This international research collaboration provides a pathway for highly visible, structured photovoltaic research collaboration between Australian and American researchers, research institutes and agencies.
The Quantum Computation Centre links significant research strengths across six Australian universities and 12 national and international partner organisations.
Establishing Australian manufacturing as a leading provider and exporter of products that meet emerging global needs in three areas - health therapies and delivery, water and food security, and low-cost solar energy – using enabling and sustainable advanced polymer technology.
The mission of the CRC-SI is to develop the concept of a Virtual Australia, uniting research and commercial innovation in Spatial Information. The Centre's three application research themes are Poisitoning, Rapid Spatial Analytics and Spatial Infrastructure.
The Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design is dedicated to the synthesis and application of polymers/polymeric nano-objects using a wide range of modern polymerization techniques.
Leading the research into the design, analysis and performance monitoring of energy and environmental markets in Australia and their associated policy frameworks.
CIES is a large, productive research centre focused on understanding and developing ways to investigate and predict the behaviour of engineering infrastructure under a range of conditions.
Broad R&D in the field of membrane science and technology affecting industries like food, water and biomedicine.
Multidisciplinary research in water resources, engineering, management and the development of tools for environmental management and sustainability for improving aquatic and atmospheric environments.
UNSW-GWI is a world leader in water research, innovation and problem solving. The Institute is a truly multi-disciplinary venture, drawing on water expertise from seven faculties and thirteen specialist centres. This is the nation’s most advanced water knowledge hub.
The WRL is a world-leading academic research and consulting laboratory that endeavours to tackle the most challenging and pressing water-engineering problems faced by the world today.
CWI is a multidisciplinary groundwater research centre which continually advances knowledge and management of national and international groundwater resources.
The NCGRT's role is to advance our understanding of Australia's groundwater resources, and to train the next generation of groundwater researchers.
This Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) aims to carry out research that will enable Australia to reduce carbon emissions and transform the built environment to a low carbon future.
The ACN is a hub for nano-medicine research in Australia. Through a commitment to research, education, knowledge transfer and commercialisation, ACN is dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and curing of diseases.
The ACSMP is recognised by both government and industry as a leading authority on sustainable mining practices, a provider and developer of innovative educational resources and developers of new mining practices and sustainable mining systems.
The ATFM focuses on developing industry-aligned and commercially relevant projects in all markets that demand the highest level of product quality, freshness, taste and safety.
The IMDC drives high performance computational materials modelling in an integrated discovery and design process, working hand-in-glove with major areas of strength in materials synthesis, characterization and testing at UNSW.
When it comes to exploring sustainability in transport infrastructure and operations, UNSW’s Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI) is one of only a handful of players on the world stage.
ACSER's purpose is to develop space capabilities relevant to Australia's needs through research, innovation, education and collaborations between researchers, industry and government.
The D2D-CRC brings together researchers and industry to tackle the Big Data challenges that face Australia's national security agencies.
Focusing on the development and support of ‘manufacturing innovation’ in Australia, specifically in being an enabler and removing impediments for innovative industries, across a range of key growth sectors. IMCRC’s vision is a globally connected and smarter Australian manufacturing industry.
The Poultry CRC's major challenge is to help Australia achieve sustainable, ethical, poultry production in the face of population growth and climate change.
The iCinema research program focuses on research into interactive media for applications across the arts, broadcast, construction, environment, heritage, museum and visualisation sectors.