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Research centres and institutes

We support collaborative, multidisciplinary research

Our research centres are focused on tackling problems from all angles, addressing major social challenges and specialist interest areas.

Multidisciplinary initiatives

Sydney is home to 10 multidisciplinary initiatives which bring together talented researchers across diverse disciplines to advance teaching and research objectives in a collaborative environment. These initiatives create thought leadership, delivering research excellence and education opportunities in established and developing areas of strength, across all our faculties.

Brain and Mind Centre

The Brain and Mind Centre brings mental health and dementia patients, support groups and frontline carers together with scientists and clinicians to research mental health and neurological diseases.

Learn more about the Brain and Mind Centre

Cancer Research Network

The Cancer Research Network links cancer experts to amplify research outcomes.

Learn more about the Cancer Research Network

Charles Perkins Centre

The Charles Perkins Centre tackles some of the greatest health challenges humanity has ever faced: obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and related conditions

Learn more about the Charles Perkins Centre

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China Studies Centre

The China Studies Centre builds a greater understanding of China, and its impact on Australia and the world.

Learn more about the China Studies Centre

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Centre for Translational Data Science

The Centre for Translational Data Science drives new and transformational advances in research through the application of data and machine learning technologies.

Learn more about the Centre for Translational Data Science

Marie Bashir Institute

The Marie Bashir Institute researches biosecurity and infectious diseases.

Learn more about the Marie Bashir Institute

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Sydney Environment Institute

The Sydney Environment Institute draws upon research from a wide range of social science and humanities disciplines to explore how we identify, live, and adapt to climate change.

Learn more about the Sydney Environment Institute

Sydney Nano

The University of Sydney Nano Institute harnesses the nanoscale to make big discoveries.

Learn more about Sydney Nano

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Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre forges an innovative and engaged approach to the Southeast Asia region that reflects its rich diversity and challenging problems.

Learn more about the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

Sydney Policy Lab

The Sydney Policy Lab brings people together to spark new ideas, reframe issues and address complex local and global policy challenges.

Learn more about the Sydney Policy Lab

Other flagship initiatives

Faculty-based centres

National and international centres

Australian Research Council (ARC) centres of excellence facilitate collaboration between universities, government, research organisations and businesses to create expertise in their field. ARC Centres of Excellence are funded on the basis of research excellence and their potential to contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of Australia.

The University of Sydney is home to two ARC Centres of Excellence:

We also play a fundamental role in nine national ARC Centres of Excellence:

Find out more about ARC Centres of Excellence.

These collaborative centres are funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to support teams of researchers pursuing innovative, high-quality research in health across five priority areas:

  • Clinical research
  • Health services research
  • Population health research
  • Infectious disease emergency response research
  • Indigenous researcher capacity building

The University of Sydney has been awarded funding for the following Centres:

2016 round

2015 round

  • Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood
    Chief investigator: Professor Louise Baur. Funding awarded: $2.48 million
  • Centre of Research Excellence in Protecting the public from emerging infectious diseases
    Chief investigator: Professor Tania Sorrell. Funding awarded: $2.5 million
  • Centre of Research Excellence in creating sustainable healthcare: ensuring new diagnostics avoid harms, improve outcomes, and direct resources wisely
    Chief investigator: Professor Alexandra Barratt. Funding awarded: $2.49 million

2014 round

  • Centre of Research Excellence in Diabetic Retinopathy – Closing the Loop for Diabetic Eye Care and Complication Risk Mitigation
    Chief investigator: Professor Anthony Keech. Funding awarded:  $2.47 million

2013 round

The University's engagement with industry and community is supported by our involvement in Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) as either a core or supporting participant.

The program is led by industry to create partnerships between the University, business and the community. CRCs help to develop new technologies, products and services for specific community and industry challenges.


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