Special Strategic Research Centres
There are significant opportunities for UTS research to fill evidence base and innovation gaps within the strategies and priority programs of the NSW Government, Australian Government and industry sectors. Many of these opportunities may be amenable to research centre proposals.
These Special Strategic Centres are characterised by a “one-off” opportunity (sometimes extended to subsequent terms) and often require co-investment by the University and industry partners. They are generally of two broad types:
Government or University Initiated State or National Centres
Medium-large centres with a strategic-basic, applied or experimental research focus funded from time to time by Federal and State Government Departments.
Some government departments provide research funding in designated areas of need. Others have discretionary strategic budgets that may be able to be directed to research/evaluation activities in collaboration with Universities in pursuit of strategic programs. Often these begin from informal discussions and smaller contracts research projects and then are put out to tender or offered “by invitation”.
University/Industry Enterprise Centres
Small-medium centres with a mixture of industry-contract type research, service provision and education programs co-funded by University and industry.
Opportunities for industry sponsored or collaborative research centres may arise from a wide range of interactions with industry including teaching and learning internships, consultancy or contract research projects, UTS Partnership and ARC Linkage Grants and UTS spin-out companies. Typically these centres will comprise a mixture of services (including educational) and research to industry and be very closely aligned with the strategies of sponsoring/collaborating partners.
UTS aims to be a leader in collaborative research and a preferred research partner for industry, business, government and the professions. UTS currently leads or participates in a range of externally funded centres: