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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 match-maker. 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, this sort of 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 Solutions, Nowchem, Quirky Kid and Warrigal. Advantage SME is able to find partners for businesses from many sectors including those in advanced manufacturing, professional services, medical science and technologies and tech or ICT.

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 the Advantage SME initiative. Its core purpose is to help businesses in Wollongong grow and further develop their competitive edge.

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Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM)

The Australian Institute for Innovative Materials is located at the Innovation Campus and works with Wollongong businesses to help bridge the gaps between an idea or breakthroughs 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. AIIM can become an extension of our companies R&D team.

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

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Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI)

Working as a not-for-profit charity the IHMRI provides world class health technology and medical research. It allows for businesses and organisations to collaborate with researchers – including PhD Candidates, Research Fellows and visiting researchers – at the university of Wollongong to help find business solutions though health and medical research.

The institute will impress any business involved in medical science and technologies or health tech businesses that may consider moving their business to Wollongong. For example, your company will be able to collaborate with researchers who specialise in areas that include 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.

Wollongong has outstanding opportunities for companies involved in medical science and technologies.

Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC)

The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre aims to make the buildings we live and work in sustainable and eco-friendly.  The centre uses new approaches to help research, collaborate, and link with industry 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 and give you access to the team at SBRC.

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Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC)

With the goal of providing the Australian defence industry with new and improved materials and advanced manufacturing techniques, the Defence Materials Technology Centre aims to help enhance the Australian defence capability.

DMTC develops new technologies in welding to improve the ballistic and blast protection provided to personnel; and research 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, the Translational Research Initiative for Cellular Engineering and Printing is focused on the development of hardware and biomaterials for current and future medicine.

SME’s who chose to base themselves in Wollongong and who are interested in capitalising on new production and supply opportunities offered by 3D printing have the opportunity to work with TRICEP. Businesses specifically focused within the health technology or medical science and technologies sectors are also creating valuable relationships with TRICEP.

Some of the type of commercial opportunities TRICEP are working with industry on include 3D bioprinting including printer manufacturing, biomaterials, bioinks, and material-cellular combinations.

Find out more about TRICEP.

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Innovation Campus

The University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus is a unique collaboration between academia and industry that provides personalised services to businesses and start-ups.  It 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 agenda.

“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 the University of Wollongong Innovation Campus and were instantly attracted to the concept. And when we looked deeper, Wollongong as a wider area was a strong fit for us.”

— Jez Seaton, Chief Information Security Officer, Twinkl Australia

Set on 33 hectares by the beach, the $600 million site encourages innovative organisations from around the world to co-locate with leading research institutions in a collaborative environment.

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.

iAccelerate – Business accelerator and incubator

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.

The iAccelerate program is built around a robust educational program, formalised business acceleration monitoring and one-to-one mentoring. The two-stream program caters for businesses in both the start-up phase and those already established that are looking to accelerate their growth.​

“The iAccelerate building and the staff and all the other start-up businesses here are great and extremely supportive.”

— Steve Nassar, CEO, Allotrac

Excellence in education and quality of graduates

The University of Wollongong ranks among the top 2% of universities in the world with an enviable record in teaching and research. UOW also routinely rates among the top Australian universities in key areas including graduate satisfaction and starting salaries.

UOW has over 36,000 students, more than 2,400 staff and contributes around $2 billion to the region annually. These graduates are recognised for their capability, quality and success in the global workplace.  Graduates come from a range of disciplines, as outlined below:

2018 UOW Graduate numbers

Undergraduate Postgraduate
Faculty of Business 795 585
Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences 598 550
Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts 768 88
Faculty of Social Sciences 550 441
Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health 755 343
Total 3,466 2,007