National research centres
Special Research Centres are funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) for their research excellence and potential to contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of Australia. They bring together concentrations of researchers and resources to establish centres that act as links to international research programs, as well as providing high-quality research and research education in areas of national importance.
Cooperative Research Centres (CRC), a Commonwealth Government initiative, bring together researchers and research users, with an emphasis on collaboration through utilisation, commercialisation and technology transfer. A strong education component focuses on producing graduates with skills relevant to industry needs.
UniSA hosts the Special Research Centre for Particle and Material Interfaces. Part of the Ian Wark Research Institute, the Centre's Director is Prof Magnus Nyden
The Centre concentrates on outstanding fundamental research on static and dynamic processes involving soft and hard interfaces. Practical examples include soft, deformable emulsion droplets in pharmaceutical formulations and hard, mineral particle surfaces in mineral slurries. Successful outcomes from this research have the potential to solve difficult environmental problems concerning acid mine drainage; reduce energy consumption in minerals processing; improve the quality of medical and dental implants; and result in new printing technologies.
UniSA as a partner
Australian Seafood (Divisions of Business; Health Sciences; Information Technology, Engineering and the
Assists end-users of its research to profitably deliver safe, high-quality, nutritious Australian seafood products to premium markets, domestically and overseas
Contact: Prof Larry Lockshin
- AutoCRC (Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the
Delivers smarter, safer, cleaner manufacturing and vehicle technology for Australia's benefit through strategic industry-led research collaborations
Contact: Peter Murphy or Prof Rob Short
- Contamination Assessment
and Remediation of the Environment (Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the
Provides cutting-edge technologies and knowledge in assessing, preventing and remediating contamination of soil, water and air
Contact: Prof Ravi Naidu
- Integrated Engineering Asset Management
(Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment)
Works with leading industry, government and research organisations to develop innovative solutions and implement them in a strategic integrated framework, creating significant reductions in the costs of asset-ownership and optimising asset management systems in Australia
Contact: Prof Andy Koronios
- Polymers (Ian Wark Research Institute)
Conducts leading-edge polymer research to deliver the technically advanced polymeric materials and polymer engineering required to transform Australian industries, and to establish and expand companies in emerging high-growth areas of the economy
Contact: Prof Hans Griesser
- Rail Innovation (Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment)
Seeks to meet growing transport needs identified by the rail industry and researchers, and build on successful collaborative arrangements and approaches to ensure maximisation of adoption rates to deliver outcomes
Contact: Prof Kurt Lushington
- Remote Economic Participation
(Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences)
Systemically investigates and provides practical responses to the complex issues that drive economic participation in Australia's remote regions
Contact: Ms Annie Campbell
- Wound Management Innovation
Improves understanding of the mechanisms of wound healing, develops novel wound products and processes, and translates best practice wound care into clinical settings. Media release
Contact: Sherry Kothari or Prof Rob Short
- Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre
Aims to develop new technologies that drive the future of Capital Markets
Contact: Petko Kalev
Please note: The CRC for Water Quality and Treatment has been replaced by Water Quality Research Australia Ltd (WQRA). The UniSA contact person is Prof Simon Beecham (Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment).
UniSA as a collaborator
- Bushfire CRC
Enhances the management of the bushfire risk to the community in an economically and ecologically sustainable manner
- Pork CRC
Aims to transform the Australian pork industry while maintaining environmentally sustainable agricultural practice, allowing the efficient production of innovative pork products from grain resources with improved conversion efficiency.
- Young People, Technology and Wellbeing (School
of Communication, International Studies and Languages (CIL) and
School of Education)
Investigates how technology can help prevent and treat mental illness and promote wellbeing in young people. Media release
Contact: Annie Campbell
Australian Centre for Child Protection
The Australian Centre for Child Protection is making a valuable contribution to a knowledge-based approach to preventing and responding to child abuse and neglect. The Centre is pioneering a public health model of child protection through supporting the innovation, evaluation, dissemination and transplantation of successful strategies. The Australian Centre for Child Protection is funded by the Australian Government's Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.
International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding
$10 million has been pledged by State and Federal Governments to provide added impetus to the foundation and start up of the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding.
Launched in October 2008, the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding will be a leading global institution devoted to research excellence. The Centre will support critical engagement and dialogue at the local, national and global levels through the development of effective policy solutions. A concern will be to recognise that Muslim/non-Muslim relations are often embroiled in questions about social justice and inclusion. The Centre will address cross-cultural issues, reflect commitment to reconciliation and develop rational approaches to addressing and overcoming prejudices about diversity.