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Information for researchers

The Innovation and Commercial Research team provide a vast range of support and opportunities for you to connect with the commercial realm. 

For more detailed information: ICR Intranet.

Below is an overview of our core capabilities:

Commercial Research

The University of Wollongong (UOW) believes that the specialist expertise and skills of its staff should be available to the wider community. Members of academic staff are therefore encouraged to undertake contract research and consultancy (i.e. commercial research) work to share their expertise and experience and transfer technology from UOW to the community at large.

Innovation and Commercial Research (ICR) provides advice and assistance to staff undertaking commercial research, including:

  • Identifying potential partners/customers
  • initial negotiations with the Client and what they will expect;
  • costing the project and preparing a quote;
  • processes for submitting tenders; and
  • adequate commercial terms.

ICR is responsible for:

  • negotiating, extending, varying, and issuing commercial research contracts;
  • negotiating and issuing confidentiality agreements to cover confidential discussions relating to potential commercial research projects
  • ensuring that commercial research activities adhere to the UOW’s Guidelines for Commercial Activities and UOW’s Commercial Research Policy;
  • ensuring commercial research contracts are executed as per UOW’s delegations policy;
  • ensuring projects are costed and approved according to UOW’s Commercial Research Policy;  and
  • providing advice on administrative procedures and UOW policy.

Advice on Process and Administration Contact > Stuart Parker

To identify funding and partner opportunities Contact > Bruce Thomson

Commercialising Technology

ICR works actively with external partners in industry, government and the wider community in developing state of the art technology solutions.  We look forward to discuss with you your ideas and how we might work together to progress the opportunities available.

Your idea may be a novel concept, an idea supported by research results, or an unexpected experimental outcome.  Do not be concerned at what stage that you recognise that you have a novel idea, your Commercialisation Manager is available to you to discuss in confidence and explore the opportunities.

We will work with you through the whole process of:

  • evaluating the potential of the idea
  • protecting the idea
  • sourcing funds for further development
  • commercialising the idea through licensing or a start up company.

ICR Intranet - The Innovation Process

More information - Zahra Shahbazian


Sometimes UOW researchers may wish to participate in a tender process for research or consulting activities.  UOW has been very successful in winning major tenders.

Tenders are managed by Innovation and Commercial Research. This includes:

  • identification of tender opportunities relevant to UOW expertise
  • strategic relationship development with tendering agencies
  • preparation of key tender responses
  • Assisting with tender preparation including costing
  • Review of tender submissions
  • Contractual negotiations.

Contact > Brett Weeden

Expert Witnesses

UOW encourages academics with specialist expertise to provide their advice on critical issues in the context of legal cases etc. If such an opportunity arises, ICR will assist you in establishing the appropriate agreements etc.

Contact > Brett Weeden

Specialist Equipment and Testing Services

Outside organisations frequently have a need for assistance for specialist equipment owned by UOW, eg for independent testing of their own technology.

If such an opportunity arises, ICR will assist you in establishing the appropriate agreements etc.

Contact > Brett Weeden 

Labs Online

UOW has a vast range of laboratory assets many of which are available for internal and external use. UOW Academic and  clients can access laboratory facilities, subject to availability and degree of familiarity with the techniques.

> Learn more about these laboratories

Industry and Research Grants

The Federal and State Governments offer several funding schemes to support collaborative research between the University and industry.  The major support programs, specifically designed to link Universities to industry are:

  • Australian Research Council Linkages
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Grants
  • Researchers in Business and
  • Tech Vouchers.

These programs subsidise the cost of the project, usually on a dollar for dollar basis. The first two programs are particularly suited to longer term research projects. However it should be noted that the application process is quite long and it can be about six months before it is decided whether or not a project is supported.  For this reason, these schemes are most suited to the types of projects that involve strategic long-term research objectives rather than projects that require more immediate and less technically-complex activities.

The latter two are particularly suitable to projects of less than one year in duration. If you have a project you would like to work on with an industry partner, it would be worthwhile discussing the possibility of applying jointly for government grants. Initial discussions should be directed through the relevant Commercialisation Manager or Business Development Manager who may also involve staff from the Research Services Office or specific UOW researchers.

The Research Services Office has been established specifically to help UOW researchers apply for these grants.

Contact > Bruce Thomson

R&D Tax Incentive

It is important to be aware that UOW is a Registered Service Provider (RSP) under the Federal Government’s R&D Tax Incentive. RSPs are entities registered by AusIndustry as being capable of providing scientific or technical expertise and resources to perform R&D on behalf of other companies.

 There are a number of advantages to businesses of using an RSP such as UOW:

  • Entities registered as a RSP have met a set of criteria relating to their ability to provide quality R&D services, including leading technical expertise, systematic and scientific approach to R&D and meticulous record keeping
  • Companies that use the services of a RSP are not required to meet the $20,000 expenditure threshold for the R&D Tax Incentive.

Contact > Bruce Thomson

Cooperative Research Centres

UOW is a participant in a number of Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs). A CRC is a company formed through a collaboration of businesses and researchers. This includes private sector organisations (both large and small enterprises), industry associations, universities and government research agencies such as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and other end users.

CRCs link researchers with industry and government with a focus towards research application. The close interaction between researchers and the end users is the defining characteristic of CRCs.  CRCs assemble multidisciplinary teams from across research providers to address end user driven research. They collaborate across all sectors (Industry, Academia, State Government, Consumers and Industry Associations). 

ICR can advise on the process for developing a bid or joining and existing CRC and assists in the administrative aspects of developing a bid and changes to existing CRCs, including membership.

CRCs play an important role in bridging the gap between discovery research funded by NHMRC and ARC grants and the requirements of industry for commercialisation-ready innovations.

Funding is provided by a combination of Government funding and contributions from participating end users. Universities are also expected to contribute significant resources, in kind and to a lesser extent cash. The overall activities are actively managed by the CRC management team and Board .

CRCs provide another mechanism for realising commercial opportunities. The expectation is that any new technologies developed by the CRC will be commercialised by the commercial partners. However, where technologies have applications beyond their interests the CRC can pursue these through the creation of spin off companies, licenses etc.

The process for establishing a new CRC is complex. The Government calls for Expressions of Interest each year which also identifies priority areas. To be successful in obtaining funding, there needs to be a number of universities and other research agencies involved and substantial financial support and commitment from end users. The lead time for developing a successful bid is generally at least a year.

ICR can advise on the process for developing a bid or joining and existing CRC and assists in the administrative aspects of developing a bid and changes to existing CRCs, including membership.

Contact > Bruce Thomson

Last reviewed: 30 October, 2017