The formation of our research hubs and clusters bring together business, government, industry, research and academia experts to share new research knowledge.

Research and Innovation Clusters

In addition to our celebrated specific research strengths we recognise that success in research that has significant impact on society and produces economic growth, comes from collaborative cross-disciplinary ventures. To enable such ventures, we encourage the formation of cross-disciplinary clusters and hubs.

Clustering is a key means of driving regional development and can be defined as geographic concentrations of interconnected universities, companies, service providers, firms in related industries and associated institutions in particular fields working together to provide multidisciplinary solutions to complex problems.

These clusters offer a one-stop-shop for business, industry and government partners to work with researchers who bring different capabilities to bear in thematic areas. These hubs and clusters use a variety of unique forums for information sharing and for driving new knowledge.

Our clusters

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research ClusterAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Cluster

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Cluster (ATSIRC) seeks to facilitate a united research partnership between members of the University of Newcastle, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and relevant health and community organisations in order to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Creative Industries Research and Innovation ClusterCreative Industries Research and Innovation Cluster

The Creative Industries Research and Innovation Cluster (CIRIC) takes a coordinated multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach, engaging across the many stakeholders that contribute to the growth and health of contemporary creative economies.

Defence and Security Innovation ClusterDefence and Security Innovation Cluster

The University of Newcastle Defence and Security Innovation Cluster aims to encourage greater engagement between University of Newcastle researchers and the established Defence industry in the Newcastle and the Hunter Region which includes both government and industry stakeholders.

Global eHealth Research and Innovation ClusterGlobal eHealth Research and Innovation Cluster

The draft scope of the Global eHealth Research and Innovation Cluster is to facilitate collaboration between innovators from the fields of health and medical sciences, engineering, design, communication, information technology, education, mathematics, business, humanities, physical, environmental and social sciences.

 Joint UoN and Central Coast Food Innovation Cluster Joint UoN and Central Coast Food Innovation Cluster

The Joint UoN and Central Coast Food Innovation Cluster brings together researchers from across multiple disciplines within the University of Newcastle as well as experts from within the Central Coast food and beverage industry and government members.

These groups are supported by our Research Development Team and, where appropriate, by our commercial arm Newcastle Innovation (NI).