Our researchers participate in a number of national research centres, some of which are led by other universities. ARC Centres of Excellence and NHMRC Program Grants represent the highest level of peer-reviewed competitive funding.
Australian Research Council (ARC) Centres and Hubs
Laureate Professor Scott Sloan from the School of Engineering is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering (CGSE). The Centre pioneers new scientific approaches to geotechnical engineering design to underpin Australia's energy and transport infrastructure, resulting in increased productivity and sustainability of the nation's major export industries.
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) centres and programs
The NHMRC Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma brings together researchers and clinicians from across Australia. Together, we are developing innovative approaches to understand why severe asthma occurs, improve disease diagnosis and management and inform the use of new therapies. The Centre will generate new knowledge about severe asthma, tools and programmes for disease management, test strategies that combine multidisciplinary teams with personalised diagnosis, inform uptake and access of new targeted therapies and translate these initiatives into practice.
The Centre of Research Excellence in Translational Venom and Antivenom Research is a collaboration of five Australian universities and two Sri Lankan universities and brings together experts in the fields of venom and antivenom research. The Centre will focus on snake envenoming and the effectiveness and safety of antivenom. Central to improving the treatment of snake bite is the early identification of envenoming as there is increasing evidence that early administration of antivenom is the key to good outcomes. Key to achieving this aim is the development of a cheap, quick bedside test for envenoming and this will be one of the main objectives of the Centre.
Cooperative Research Centres (CRC)
The CRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CARE) develops technologies and policies that improve the way we prevent, assess and clean up contamination of soil, water and air. CRC CARE was initiated and is led by Professor Ravi Naidu, an internationally renowned leader in contamination studies, who also has the roles of Global Innovation Chair and Director of UON’s Global Centre for Environmental Research. Under Professor Naidu’s leadership, CRC CARE has secured $330 million in Commonwealth and industry funding from its launch in 2005 through to 2020, and its extensive international collaboration ensures that Australia both benefits from and contributes to the daunting global challenge of dealing with environmental contamination.
The Invasive Animals CRC is focussed on combatting the threat of invasive animals by developing new technologies and integrated strategies that are more humane, target specific, and effective to reduce the impact of invasive animals on Australia's economy, environment and people. Laureate Professor John Aitken from the Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science is leading a program of research investigating non-surgical sterilisation of invasive species.
The Cooperative Research Centre for High Performance Soils (Soil CRC) is bringing together scientists, industry and farmers to find practical solutions for Australia’s underperforming soils. The Soil CRC aims to enable farmers to increase their productivity and profitability by providing them with knowledge and tools to improve the performance of their soils. It is the biggest collaborative soil research effort in Australia’s history, with 39 Participants that contribute to the Soil CRC through both cash and in-kind contributions.
Multi-Institutional Research Centres
Professor Yong-Ling Ruan from the School of Environmental and Life Sciences is Director of the Australia-China Research Centre for Crop Improvement (ACRCCI) . ACRCCI focuses on discovering key genes and biological processes controlling plant development and stress tolerance for innovative applications to improve food security and agricultural sustainability by bringing together research teams of international excellence in plant biology and breeding.
The Australian Gastrointestinal Research Alliance (AGIRA), led by Laureate Professor Nick Talley and Professors Marjorie Walker (Newcastle) and Gerald Holtmann (Brisbane) is a coalition of researchers in gastrointestinal (GI) disease who have expertise in clinical medicine and gastroenterology, mucosal immunology, translational science, pathology, imaging, psychology, and epidemiology in aspects of GI disease in Australia.
Professor Peter Howe from the School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy is Director of the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC). It offers Australia's foremost expertise in the design and conduct of human intervention trials to evaluate cardiovascular, metabolic, anti-inflammatory and mental health benefits of functional nutrients, foods and nutraceuticals.