Faculty of Science

Business and industry

Further information.

  • Business and industry programs

If you have an issue that requires specialised research and development expertise, or you would like to develop a joint research arrangement with UWA, the Office of Research Enterprise can help.

Research partnerships

The Faculty of Science is developing research outcomes that benefit industry and the wider community.

Research initiatives

The University fosters research initiatives between business and industry and priority areas of the University, especially in strategic areas of research strength.

The initiative is led by Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research, Professor Peter Davies, and develops larger-scale collaborations between UWA and Commonwealth Government agencies, particularly the CSIRO and its Flagship program, and works with State Government departments and the private sector to build research links.

Research Development and Innovation

UWA's Research Development and Innovation office works closely with UWA researchers to maximise the impact of their research through technology transfer.

Research Development and Innovation facilitates contacts between industry and UWA researchers to explore collaborative research opportunities. The office also has an industry liaison role to help industry-sponsored research contracts.

UWA Science

UWA Science provides a wealth of expertise supported by specialist facilities, a willingness to listen to the needs of industry and a strong desire to build long-term relationships.

The Faculty also offers a Work Placement unit (SCIE2205), offering industry experience to up to 15 Bachelor of Science students.

  1. Opportunities and benefits
  2. ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology
  3. Centre for Exploration Targeting
  4. Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis
  5. Centre for Energy Geoscience
  6. International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research
Opportunities and benefits

There are many opportunities for business and State government agencies to partner with The Faculty of Science.

These include:

  • Partner in research projects to develop outcomes that benefit industry and the wider community.
  • Sponsor research infrastructure to ensure our State remains at the forefront of innovation in the Pacific region.
  • Name recognition with world-expert Professional Chair appointments.
  • Sponsorship of named scholarships or prizes.
  • Research consultancy services including state-of-the-art analytical facilities.
  • Support for undergraduate and postgraduate students of the highest calibre who are mentored by researchers who are internationally recognised as among leaders in their fields.

For further information please contact research-sci@uwa.edu.au

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ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology (PEB) is funded by government and industry to provide knowledge, genetic tools and techniques that will lead to greater efficiency in how plant energy is used.

This can translate to economic and social benefits for Australia in areas including farming and agriculture, viticulture, food supply and fuel, and will help to combat some of the biggest issues we face today, including food security and the energy crisis.

We also provide all Australians with access to information and facilitate better understanding of the importance of plants and their incredible ability to capture, process and convert energy.

Collaborations with industry partners have already provided the following benefits:

  • Salt tolerant crops: Soil salinity is a global problem negatively impacting agriculture. The Centre's characterisation of a gene from a salt-tolerant ancestor of wheat has led to production of a new variety of durum wheat capable of a 25% increase in grain yield in high-saline soils, compared with other commercial varieties. The Centre continues to work at improving salt tolerance by novel mechanisms.
  • Tools for plant breeders: Hybrid crops provide the advantage of typically faster growth, greater yield and a better ability to cope with environmental challenges than non-hybrid varieties. The Centre's research has led to new ways to identify the genes needed to generate new hybrid crops by overcome the challenge of self-pollination, which normally hinders hybrid crop development.
  • Precise gene expression: Epigenetics is a significant new area of research focus that relates to how gene expression is controlled in cells with precision. The Centre has played a central role in developing a novel approach to determining where epigenetics can impact on a cell’s DNA in harsh and changing environments. This technology can be utilised for plant research to design more tolerant plant varieties and also in the study of the DNA of other cells such as those from humans, including stem cells and cancer cells.

The Centre is keen to engage with new industry partners where mechanistic analysis of plant function can enhance plant performance.

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Centre for Exploration Targeting

The Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET) is an applied research expertise that seeks to increase both the rate and quality of mineral discoveries without relying on substantial increases in exploration expenditure.

We recognise that recent profound changes in the mining industry have widened the gap between the outputs of current research and the technologies that industry needs to increase the discovery rate.

This gap provides a market opportunity for the Centre to produce applied research and innovation outcomes that deliver practical integrated targeting tools and techniques to improve the risk/reward ratio in exploration.

Our goal is to work with industry to develop more efficient exploration methods and to share our research with the business community to encourage and cultivate future economic growth.

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Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis

The Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (CMCA) can assist your business with services ranging from simple testing to leveraged programs focusing on applied research and innovation.

Our expert technical and academic staff ensure that our facilities and expertise are used to achieve your goals.

Industry services include:

  • direct use of Centre instruments by industry users
  • testing or consultancy services
  • training
  • contract research and development projects
  • leveraged research and development projects.

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Centre for Energy Geoscience 

The Centre for Energy Geoscience is bringing together dedicated researchers, educators and industry partners to better explore and develop Australia’s hydrocarbon energy resources, and to sequester greenhouse gases like CO2 in an environmentally responsible manner.

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International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research

The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research(ICRAR) is a collaborative international centre that achieves research excellence in astronomical science and engineering.

ICRAR is promoting the availability and capacity of local industry to support the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) endeavourr as part of the Australian SKA Industry Consortium(ASKAIC)and in conjunction with CSIRO. ICRAR sees many links with industry increasing from its engineering and technology programs, and will be active in showcasing and growing local capabilities via a range of activities including:

  • exchange of selected personnel between radio astronomy and industry in order to bring about a greater understanding of SKA requirements in key industry sectors
  • growth of radio astronomy options in educational curricula at various levels to assist providing industry with domain-literate graduates
  • increased interaction with ASKAIC with a view to ensure that more WA businesses participate in national industry initiatives.

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