Research and Innovation Clusters
In addition to our celebrated specific research strengths we recognise that success in research that has significant impact on society and produces economic growth, comes from collaborative cross-disciplinary ventures. To enable such ventures, we encourage the formation of cross-disciplinary clusters and hubs.
Clustering is a key means of driving regional development and can be defined as geographic concentrations of interconnected universities, companies, service providers, firms in related industries and associated institutions in particular fields working together to provide multidisciplinary solutions to complex problems.
These clusters offer a one-stop-shop for business, industry and government partners to work with researchers who bring different capabilities to bear in thematic areas. These hubs and clusters use a variety of unique forums for information sharing and for driving new knowledge.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research and Innovation Cluster (ATSIRIC) seeks to facilitate a united research partnership between members of the University of Newcastle, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and relevant health and community organisations in order to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Creative Industries Research and Innovation Cluster (CIRIC) takes a coordinated multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach, engaging across the many stakeholders that contribute to the growth and health of contemporary creative economies.
The Defence and Security Innovation Cluster aims to encourage greater engagement between University of Newcastle researchers and the established Defence industry in the Newcastle and the Hunter Region which includes both government and industry stakeholders.
The aim of the Global eHealth Research and Innovation Cluster is to facilitate collaboration between innovators from the fields of health and medical sciences, engineering, design, communication, information technology, education, mathematics, business, humanities, physical, environmental and social sciences.
The Joint UON and Central Coast Food Innovation Cluster brings together researchers from across multiple disciplines within the University of Newcastle as well as experts from within the Central Coast food and beverage industry and government members.