Partner with us

Not only does FIF draw on the complementary skills of UOW, TAFE NSW, and Weld Australia, it also brings together a range of national and international industry partners. The facility’s networks and industry collaborators extend through government, technology suppliers and equipment suppliers.

  • Equipment suppliers, including Lincoln, Fronius, BOC; and ABB
  • Australian steel producers, including Bisalloy and BlueScope
  • System integrators

FIF members are working closely with the Australian Government Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC). This centre has a focus on promoting and assisting the manufacturing sector across the country.

Funding opportunities

Advantage SME

Advantage SME is the University of Wollongong’s in-house industry matchmaker. We help businesses and researchers find their ideal partners and build beneficial relationships. In a competitive market, your business needs an edge. Innovation means doing things better and more easily. The latest research results and expert advice improve your decision-making. Technical services in well-equipped facilities expand your capabilities. Collaboration between UOW researchers and industry solves complex, real-world problems, helping businesses grow and prosper.

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TAFE Enterprise

TAFE Enterprise offers customised and flexible training courses, across all industries, helping customers respond to market changes and growing their business through their people. As Australia's largest training provider, TAFE Enterprise ensures your employees will be trained by expert industry trainers, utilising the latest industry practices and technology to deliver training wherever, whenever and however.

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Tech Vouchers

Tech Vouchers encourages research collaboration between NSW small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) and Boosting Business Innovation Program (BBIP) delivery partners. Through TechVouchers, SMEs can be connected with an expert in a relevant field of research and embark on an innovative joint research project. The program also enables access to high tech instruments and facilities that would otherwise be difficult to access.

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Innovation Connection

Innovation Connections assists businesses to understand their research needs, connect with the research sector and fund collaborative research projects.

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Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre

AMGC is an industry-led, not-for-profit organisation and is run by a board and management team of industry experts. It is connected with a nationwide network of manufacturers, universities and research institutions, and export hubs. The Centre’s role is to share its respected research on how the industry can transform to become more advanced. AMGC puts its research into action by engaging with manufacturers and universities in high-impact projects and export hub opportunities.

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Australian Research Council Linkage Program

The ARC Linkage Program promotes national and international research partnerships between researchers and business, industry, community organisations and other publicly funded research agencies. By supporting the development of partnerships, the ARC encourages the transfer of skills, knowledge and ideas as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.

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Following shared site visits, we were convinced UOW would be a good partner as they quickly connected with our problem and demonstrated that they had both the skills and facilities to develop and prove concepts. UOW’s ability to build and model concepts were important as we could not trial major changes on a busy production line and live modelling was critical to securing future capital investment. Ned Walsh Dematic