SMART Infrastructure Facility

The SMART Infrastructure Facility brings together experts from fields such as transport, water, energy, economics, system engineering, data analytics, modelling and simulation; to research and address the challenges of infrastructure planning and management both now and into the future.

The dedicated team of researchers tackle these issues from a holistic, integrated and multi-disciplinary perspective; with a focus on how infrastructure and social behaviour intersect to ensure more liveable cities and regions.

“Being based in Wollongong allows us close proximity to UOW and some of its high-level research centers, like the SMART Infrastructure Facility, and also access to other innovative companies which we can collaborate with and try bigger, more exciting projects.”

— James, IOT System Architect, NubeiO

The SMART Infrastructure Facility is placing Wollongong at the forefront of new thinking and the development of the smart cities of tomorrow. There are various collaborators from the private sector, so businesses who move to Wollongong will have the opportunity to explore the possibility of being a part of this program – further integrating into our business ecosystem.

Advantage SME

Advantage SME is UOW’s industry matchmaker. It helps businesses in Wollongong and researchers at UOW to find and connect with their ideal partners – for R&D or commercial purposes.

Since its inception, collaboration between UOW researchers and businesses has proven to help solve complex, real-world problems for businesses.

Organisations who have benefited from the program include Manufacturing Metal SolutionsNowchem, Quirky Kid  and Warrigal.

Advantage SME is able to find partners for businesses from many sectors, including advanced manufacturing, professional services, medical science and technologies and tech or ICT.

Simply tell them about your business and your needs and they’ll match you with an expert in your industry.

Australian businesses that engage in collaborative innovation with research organisations, such as UOW, are 242% more likely to report increases in productivity, compared with non-innovating businesses.

Developing relationships with the right people is often one of the reasons why businesses succeed, but the reality is that many businesses do not know who is out there nor have time to create the connections.

This is a gap UOW identified and has filled with Advantage SME. Its core purpose is to help businesses in Wollongong grow and further develop their competitive edge.

Find out more about Advantage SME.

Australian Institute for Innovative Materials

The Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) is a purpose-built facility at UOW’s Innovation Campus that helps bridge the gap between an idea to prototyping and then commercial production.

AIIM works with a variety of experts, including biologists, clinicians, chemists, physicists, engineers and materials scientists who assist in turning multi-functional materials research into a commercial reality.

AIIM comprises four research organisations:

  • The Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI).
  • The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES).
  • The Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM).
  • The University of Wollongong Electron Microscopy Centre (EMC).

Businesses who move to Wollongong, including tech scale-ups or advanced manufacturing firms, are able to benefit from this unique resource.

Find out more about UOW’s Australian Institute for Innovative Materials.

Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI)

IHMRI is a not-for-profit charity that supports health and medical research in the Illawarra-Shoalhaven region.

This institute provides affiliated researchers with a range of services to help them find new insights into disease and illness, devise prevention strategies, and develop more effective treatments and health care services.

IHMRI allows for businesses and organisations in this field to collaborate with UOW researchers at all levels, including PhD candidates, Research Fellows and visiting researchers.

The institute will impress any business involved in health and medical science and technology that may consider moving to Wollongong, offering opportunities to collaborate with researchers who specialise in areas, including cancer; cardiovascular health; diet and physical activity; drug development and therapies; health services; infectious diseases; mental illnesses; neurodegenerative diseases; kidney disease; diabetes and public health.

Find out more about Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute.

Sustainable Buildings Research Centre

The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) is a multi-disciplinary facility addressing the challenge of transforming our buildings and built environment into sustainable, resilient and effective places where people live and work.

Through research and collaboration with industry, the centre uses new approaches to make more liveable cities – while also seeking out ways to improve the energy efficiency of building materials already in use.

If you are a business involved in energy efficiency, solar or building design – being based in Wollongong will allow you to collaborate with the team at SBRC.

Find out more about Sustainable Buildings Research Centre.

Defence Materials Technology Centre

The Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) aims to help enhance the Australian defence capability by providing it with new and improved materials and advanced manufacturing techniques.

DMTC develops new technologies in welding to improve the ballistic and blast protection provided to personnel.

Research is also conducted at the Centre into advanced marine construction techniques to help support the construction and maintenance of defence material.

Find out more about Defence Materials Technology Centre.

Translational Research Initiative for Cellular Engineering and Printing (TRICEP)

Working on cutting edge 3D bioprinting and anatomical modelling, TRICEP is focused on the development of hardware and biomaterials for current and future medicine.

Through its research and links with other research institutions and industry, TRICEP provides opportunities to collaborate, create and commercialise in areas including printer manufacturing, biomaterials, bioinks, and material-cellular combinations to address significant industry challenges that require an exclusive, tailored solution.

TRICEP’s world-leading research infrastructure can assist companies to bring to life novel technology from concept stage through to prototyping and manufacture of hardware and the formulation of customised bioinks, to accelerate product development and rapidly decrease time to market.

Find out more about TRICEP.

Innovation Campus

Set on 33 hectares by the beach, UOW’s Innovation Campus is a unique collaboration between academia and industry that provides personalised services to businesses and start-ups.

“When we were looking to set up an office in Australia, we were after a location that reflected creativity and innovation. As part of our search for a home, we found UOW’s Innovation Campus and were instantly attracted to the concept.”

— Jez Seaton, Chief Information Security Officer, Twinkl Australia

The $600 million site encourages innovative organisations from around the world to co-locate with leading research institutions in a collaborative environment. This campus is dedicated to the goal of building an ideas ecosystem and contains modern and environmentally friendly facilities that nurture a culture of research, teaching and community.

Looking ahead, UOW has announced plans for a proposed Health and Wellbeing Precinct, to be based at the Innovation Campus. The proposal includes an integrated research and learning environment comprising of a $400-$500 million investment in the region.

Find out more about the Innovation Campus.


iAccelerate is UOW’s tech business incubator and accelerator, dedicated to helping innovative businesses and start-ups build and grow, as well as support an innovative business culture in the region. It provides a permanent home for 280 entrepreneurs across an area of 4,000 square metres.

iAccelerate supports start-ups, scaleups, social enterprises, and entrepreneurs to thrive, by providing support through robust education, mentoring and seed funding.

iAccelerate offers a tailored education program that gives entrepreneurs deep knowledge across a diversity of skills to accelerate and sustain business growth, built around the key knowledge areas required to rapidly build and scale a successful startup.

““iAccelerate provides a great environment, resources and networks and has shaped the business we have created for the better.”

– Leanne Connelly, CFO, Me3D

Excellence in education and quality of graduates

UOW ranks among the top one percent of universities in the world with an enviable record in teaching and research. UOW also consistently receives a 5-star rating from students for teaching quality and educational experience.

With more than 36,000 students and 2,600 staff, UOW contributes around $2 billion to the region annually. Graduates of UOW are recognised for their capability, quality and success in the global workplace, and come from a range of disciplines.

A forward-thinking curriculum with a focus on real-world learning means the University provides a flow of highly qualified graduates with the skills to meet the needs of future workplaces. This is why global employers rank UOW among the top one per cent in the world for the quality of its graduates. Various international rankings also place UOW among:

The top 25 universities in the world for*:

  • Engineering (Mineral & Mining)

The top 100 universities in the world for*:

  • Engineering (Civil & Structural)
  • Materials Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Geology

Whether it be permanent or graduate students – the flow of quality students who attend our city’s top-rated University is highly beneficial for local employers.

  • Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings