About the hub

Home to some of the country's leading researchers, our university has become a key player in the development of defence and security innovations.

Through the outstanding leadership of our research experts we continue to work towards establishing some of Australia's largest collaborative defence research projects.

Our defence research capabilities are of the highest standard with disciplines rated at the highest level by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). In 2015, the following disciplines were given an ERA rating of 5 (research 'well above world standard'),

  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
  • Cognitive Science
  • Neurosciences
  • Human Movement and Sports Science
  • Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology.

Hub Aims

The University of Newcastle (UON) Defence and Security Research and Innovation Hub (DSRIH) encourages engagement between the university and the defence industry in Newcastle and the Hunter Region. This includes government and industry stakeholders as well as national and international members.

Through the development of a framework for collaboration, we aim to create an environment where new opportunities for innovative solutions and research breakthroughs can be generated. Breakthroughs are translated into practise for the benefit of the defence sector and its personnel.

Hunter Defence

UON is an active member of the Hunter Defence network. This group works alongside industry and government to build defence related capacity in the Hunter region.

Visit the Hunter Defence website for more information.

RPDE Program

UON is an associate member of the Rapid Prototyping, Development and Evaluation (RPDE) Program. RPDE is a unique collaboration between Defence, industry and academia which aims to solve the complex, high-risk problems of the Australian Defence Force.

Visit the RPDE website for more information.

More Information

For more information or to express your interest in participating in the Hub, please contact Newcastle Innovation via email or phone +61 2 4921 8777