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Research centres and institutes

We support collaborative, multidisciplinary research

Our research centres are focused on tackling problems from all angles, addressing major social challenges and specialist interest areas.

Multidisciplinary initiatives

Sydney is home to six multidisciplinary initiatives (MDIs) which bring together researchers from across the university to conduct transformative and translational research in collaboration with a wide range of external partners. Our MDIs provide new knowledge and solutions for some of Australia’s and the world’s greatest challenges – including tackling chronic diseases, climate change, youth mental health, developing more community informed public policy, harnessing nanoscale science and technology and forming a deeper understanding of and engagement with Southeast Asia. 

Other University initiatives

We have several initiatives that were established as areas for joint research and education collaborations. The aim is to build research capacity and partnerships by creating a shared cross-faculty vision.

Faculty-based centres and networks

These collaborative academic centres and networks are focused on research and education activities to enhance knowledge transfer in a specific field and engage with research end-users and the wider community.


National and international centres

We lead several national and international collaboration centres which bring together universities, research organisations, business and government to address significant societal challenges.

Australian Research Council (ARC) centres of excellence facilitate collaboration between universities, government, research organisations and businesses to create expertise in their field. ARC Centres of Excellence are funded on the basis of research excellence and their potential to contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of Australia.

The University of Sydney plays a fundamental role in eight national ARC Centres of Excellence:

Find out more about ARC Centres of Excellence.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Program facilitates collaboration between universities, government, research organisations and businesses to support collaborative research activity to focused on strategic outcomes that are not independently realisable. This program has two streams, Research Hubs and Training Centres, which support Higher Degree by Research students and postdoctoral researchers to gain real-world practical skills and experience through placement in industry.

The University of Sydney is home to two ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs:

The University of Sydney is home to four ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres:

These collaborative centres are funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to support teams of researchers pursuing innovative, high-quality research in health across five priority areas:

  • Clinical research
  • Health services research
  • Population health research
  • Infectious disease emergency response research
  • Indigenous researcher capacity building

The University of Sydney has been awarded funding for the following Centres:

2018 round

2017 round

2016 round

2015 round

  • Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood
    Chief investigator: Professor Louise Baur. Funding awarded: $2.48 million
  • Centre of Research Excellence in Protecting the public from emerging infectious diseases
    Chief investigator: Professor Tania Sorrell. Funding awarded: $2.5 million
  • Centre of Research Excellence in creating sustainable healthcare: ensuring new diagnostics avoid harms, improve outcomes, and direct resources wisely
    Chief investigator: Professor Alexandra Barratt. Funding awarded: $2.49 million

2014 round

  • Centre of Research Excellence in Diabetic Retinopathy – Closing the Loop for Diabetic Eye Care and Complication Risk Mitigation
    Chief investigator: Professor Anthony Keech. Funding awarded:  $2.47 million.

The University's engagement with industry and community is supported by our involvement in Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) as either a core or supporting participant.

The program is led by industry to create partnerships between the University, business and the community. CRCs help to develop new technologies, products and services for specific community and industry challenges.

Our CRCS: