Cooperative Research Centres

The Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment is proud to support a number of Cooperative Research Centres (CRC), a Commonwealth Government initiative, bringing 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.

Data to Decisions CRC

The University of South Australia will become the national headquarters for an $88 million Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) in big data. The Data to Decisions CRC – funded for five years by a $25 million CRC grant and $62.5 million participant contributions – is set to boost national security.

It places UniSA at the forefront of industry and academic research collaboration, with the University now leading three CRCs and partnering in 10 more. The CRC will involve researchers in areas of computer science, engineering, business and law from UniSA, the University of Adelaide, University of New South Wales, Deakin University and Carnegie Mellon University, with industry input from IT and systems integration companies, consulting companies and SMEs in collaboration with state and federal national security agencies.

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CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing

The Cell Therapy Manufacturing CRC will bring together, under one roof, the spectrum of skills and facilities required to turn a promising cell into a viable cell therapy. The Centre’s vision is to provide new treatments and develop new materials-based manufacturing technologies to increase the accessibility, affordability and efficacy of cell therapies.

With a total of $59M in cash and in-kind resources, including a $20M grant from the Government of Australia, the Centre will develop smart material interventions to facilitate the cost-effective manufacture and rapid translation of cell therapies into clinical practice. Based at the University of South Australia’s Mawson Lakes campus, the Centre’s national and international partners include research providers, manufacturers, hospitals and charities. Underpinning this partnership is a newly established cGMP manufacturing facility at UniSA’s Mawson Lakes campus, designed to deliver cell-based therapeutics for the Centre’s first-in-man clinical trials.

Its headquarters is based at UniSA’s $50M Materials and Minerals Science Building which was opened in 2012. 

For more information, visit the CRC's website.


AutoCRC delivers smarter, safer, cleaner manufacturing and vehicle technology for Australia's benefit through strategic industry-led research collaborations. 

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Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment

The Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment project provides cutting-edge technologies and knowledge in assessing, preventing and remediating contamination of soil, water and air.

Contact: Prof Ravi Naidu

Rail Innovation

Rail Innovation 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.

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