Centre for Translational Research

Centre for Translational Research at the University of Sydney

About us

The Centre for Translational Research (CTR) is a pilot centre within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies at the University of Sydney. The CTR is dedicated to facilitating industry-facing collaborative innovation and addressing the challenges faced by Australia’s key industry sectors.

The collaborative program for 2017 is multi-disciplinary and focuses on Australia’s research priority areas of food, soil and water, transport, cyber-security, energy, resources, advanced manufacturing, environmental change and health.

The CTR has adopted a novel ‘accelerator model’ for research, designed to swiftly identify real industry problems and rapidly prototype solutions. The typical outcome is a targeted program of funded research to further develop and commercialise the prototyped solutions.

The CTR will overcome problems of the traditional models for translational research by leveraging leading minds, skills and networks across the University of Sydney to match the industry partner’s objectives. The centre aims to improve the number of successful commercial engagements, positively influence research funding and competitively place the University of Sydney among other leading universities and institutions within Australia’s ‘ideas boom’ and the global innovation space.

The CTR will serve as a global best practice centre of excellence to satisfy the needs of Australian industry and enhance the University’s global reputation in innovation, business engagement and entrepreneurship.

Upcoming Events

2017 Global Challenges (Dates TBC)

  • Future of Urban Transport
  • Feeding Asia
  • Future of Mining
  • Future of Energy
  • Water Security
  • Future of Education

Academic expressions of interest are welcome for the 2017 global challenges and/or a number of specific industry engagements.


Professor Andrew T. Harris
Director, Centre for Translational Research
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies
The University of Sydney