Driving and supporting partnerships to deliver innovation

With experience in partnering with local businesses, multinational corporations, government agencies and not for profit organisations, the Future Industires Institute is committed to working with our partners to create and translate discoveries that are a benefit to all of society. 

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    A flexible and collaborative approach to deliver innovation 

    At FII we combine our research expertise and hi-tech facilities to solve your business challenges. Working with colleagues across the University and with external collaborators, our researchers are committed to creating value and impact for industry partners.

    Another point of difference at FII is how we encourage our researchers to be entrepreneurial, responsive to the needs of industry and community partners, and to engage in the commercialisation of their research. We work  the University’s Enterprise Hub to build partnerships with industry.

    Above all else we pride ourselves on our flexible and cooperative business approach. FII is committed to working with our partners to create and translate discoveries that are a benefit to all of society.

    If you would like to connect with us to discuss how we can help you solve your challenge or add value to your product or business please contact us directly, or visit the Enterprise Hub.

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    Industry Case Studies

    Laser coating machinery for longevity

    Minerals processing machinery is expensive and endures extreme levels of erosion, corrosion, and wear and tear induced by repetitive impact. Shutdowns for repairs and maintenance of equipment can cost more than $100,000 for every hour of downtime. A key competitive advantage would be to increase the longevity of mineral processing equipment, but how might this be achieved?

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    “Through this partnership we work with LaserBond to refine the technology, specifically focussing on key areas within mineral processing machinery prone to wear in different circumstances, to provide tailor-made coatings that resist that degradation,”

    Associate Professor Colin Hall

    Better cancer detection for more precise treatment

    COVID-19 is the biggest health crisis the world has experienced in the past 100 years, causing more than three million deaths worldwide, crippling economies, and deeply impacting businesses and jobs.

    As the COVID-19 death toll mounts and the world hangs its hopes on effective vaccines, what else can we do to save lives in this pandemic?

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    “We are aiming to assist surgeons assess whether a cancer has spread or not, to be more precise with treatment to minimise side effects,” Prof Thierry says. “Cancer survival is getting better because we have more efficient treatment, and this means people are living much longer post-treatment. But if morbidity associated with the treatment is serious, as it often is currently, then that really impacts on the quality of life of the patient.”

    Professor Benjamin Thierry

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    Our Academic Partnerships

    FII has many collaborations with local, national and international academic institutions.

    We continue to seek relationships and projects with leaders in healthy environments; high-tech manufacturing; medical technology; smart energy; and sustainable resources, within universities, research institutes and centres.

    We are ready to collaborate and positively contribute to a research community who enjoys a challenge as much as we do.

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      Academic Partnerships

      • UCL Partnership

      The University of South Australia and University College London (UCL) have signed a partnership agreement that commits the two institutions to collaborate on a wide range of research and teaching initiatives designed to meet the needs of future industries.

      The partnership between UniSA’s Future Industries Institute (FII) and the UCL Faculty of Engineering opens opportunities for an industry-focused PhD program, joint curriculum development, especially in areas aligned to growth industries in the region, student and staff exchange programs, public engagement and joint academic appointments.  It also emphasises UCL’s ongoing commitment to sustaining engagement within South Australia.

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Collaborative Partnerships

Collaborating with 120 industry and academic partners, the Future Industries Institute has a track record of successfully supporting an organisation’s strategic research requirements.

From fundamental research through to concept development and prototyping, the Institute’s ability to understand business needs and economic drivers fosters long term partnerships within a research-intensive environment.

Microscopy Australia
The Hospital Research Foundation Group
UCL Engineering


We invite you to contact us to explore an opportunity and develop an exciting,
mutually beneficial and multifaceted relationship with you and your company.