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UNSW Engineering research centres, institutes and initiatives
Contributing to world class research
The Faculty of Engineering hosts a number of world class research centres, institutes and initiatives, including ARC Centres of Excellence, Cooperative Research Centres, University Research Centres and industry/innovation hubs. A listing of centres, institutes and initiatives is provided below.
The Torch Innovation Precinct at UNSW will be a premier destination for entrepreneurship – showcasing Chinese and Australian collaboration.
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 supports NSW businesses and startup entrepreneurs. Create the future of technology with access to world-class researchers, facilities and a global network.
Innovation Central Sydney is solving business and operations challenges by connecting the right expertise and technologies to deliver solutions that disrupt industries.
ACAP is a collaborative centre developing the next generations of photovoltaic technology, providing a pipeline of opportunities for performance increase and cost reduction.
UNSW researchers are world leaders in this field which offers the strongest potential for providing a sustainable energy future.
This international research collaboration provides a pathway for highly visible, structured photovoltaic research collaboration between Australian and American researchers, research institutes and agencies, with significant joint programs based on the clear synergies between participating bodies.
The Quantum Computation Centre links significant research strengths across six Australian universities and 12 national and international partner organizations. The Centre forms one of the largest combined and focused efforts in quantum computation and communication in the world.
Enhancing the properties of thermoplastic and thermoset polymers so they can be used more widely and effectively in Australian manufacturing.
The mission of the CRC-SI is to develop the concept of a Virtual Australia, uniting research and commercial innovation in SI.
Combining advanced polymerization techniques and biomolecular science to produce materials for high technology applications.
Leading the research into the design, analysis and performance monitoring of energy and environmental markets in Australia.
CIES, or the Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Safety, 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.
Leading the development of water technology in Australia from groundwater hydrology to water treatment and hydraulics.
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 13 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 CRC has a number of Living Laboratories around Australia to trial new technologies and designs as well as community acceptance in order to mainstream low carbon solutions.
The ACN is a hub for nano-medicine research in Australia and 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 Centre has four main research programs in materials discovery - catalytic materials; energy harvesting and storage materials, electronic materials and soft matter and pharmaceutics.
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 aims to tackle the Big Data challenges that face Australia's national security. They undertake impactful research, development, education and training that delivers outcomes to data intensive sectors.
The IMCRC is a not-for-profit organisation, led by industry to develop important new technologies, products and services in Australia’s manufacturing sector.
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
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