FII is well connected. Our global partners help to build knowledge and capacity in core industries vital to our State’s economic growth.
Of great significance is the global partnership between FII and University College London (UCL), which sees the two institutions working together to deliver research and teaching programs that target the needs of future industries. FII and the UCL Faculty of Engineering are developing an industry-focused PhD program, joint curricula (especially in areas aligned to growth industries in the region), student and staff exchange programs and public engagement and joint academic appointments.
Researchers in FII are partners in a number of initiatives that bring together interdisciplinary teams including industry and end-users.
These initiatives include the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-nano Science and Technology, ARC Training Centre for Portable Analytical Separations Technologies, Cell Therapy Manufacturing CRC, Wound Management Innovation CRC, Automotive Australia 2020 CRC, CRC CARE and the Australia-China Joint Research Centre for In-line Chemical and Mineral Sensing for Sustainable Mineral Processing.
In pursuit to deliver innovative research projects that tackle real-world problems, UniSA and FII researchers have recently established a new research hub partnership with the University of Technology Sydney, the ARC Research Hub for Integrated Device for End-user Analysis at Low-Levels (IDEAL). Its mission is to create user-friendly diagnostic and drug testing technologies that could be applied in a variety of ways and in fields including health (particularly disease diagnosis, illicit drug testing), environmental monitoring (e.g. water testing) and food safety.
The Future Industries Accelerator will focus on the creation of high-value jobs in South Australia and support South Australian industries to build their research and development capacity and accelerate growth.
Companies can access equipment, laboratory space, and research infrastructure valued at over $60 million, with advice, training and analysis from dedicated technical staff, at no direct cost.
Funding of up to $100,000 for projects up to 12 months duration to address priority industry challenges and/or rapidly develop and test potential product ideas or enhancements.
Commencing mid-2017, grants will fund placements of up to 12 months for FII researchers to work within a business, or industry representatives to work within FII, facilitating the transfer of expertise, training and skills.