Engaging with UTAS

Why Develop a Research Partnership with UTAS

Partnerships brochure

The University of Tasmania (UTAS) is committed to solving complex, real-world problems.  

Recognising the importance of tackling these challenges, UTAS has demonstrated a long history of working effectively with corporations, government, charities and individuals to deliver partnerships that drive innovation and deliver solutions. 

Read more about our industry-led collaborations in our Partnerships with Purpose brochure (PDF 6.9MB).


Research at UTAS is above world standard in 16 broad fields. This strong performance reflects the depth and breadth of research capability that UTAS can offer its partners.  UTAS is particularly well positioned to service and collaborate with organisations with interests in the following areas:

For more information on working with UTAS in these or any other field contact the Director of Business Development & Technology Transfer

Innovative products and services, improved quality and increased productivity are fundamental sources of corporate growth and improved financial performance.

New avenues of valuable innovation arises both within and outside a company and research universities like UTAS have become major innovation partners with both industry and government as exemplified by its participation in a number of large scale and often multi-disciplinary industry led R&D programs including the:

Likewise, UTAS is equally familiar working with small and medium size enterprises to provide cost-effective access to state-of-art innovation and invites potential partners to contact the Director of Business Development & Technology Transfer to discuss how UTAS can assist your business or organisation access innovative solutions.

In addition to accessing the skills and expertise of this University, the Office of Research Services  is available to work with research and commercial partners to identify potential sources of grant funding available to offset the costs of your R&D.

Where appropriate and with the necessary levels of UTAS professional staff supervision, R&D for our partners may also be conducted by UTAS higher degree research (HDR) students. In addition to the opportunity to work with these cutting edge researchers and develop relationships which may lead to longer term recruitment opportunities, your research can leverage the University’s substantial  infrastructure at a cost base substantially lower than private industry or some government affiliated organisations.

UTAS will consider each collaboration, fee-for-service or strategic partnership on its own merits and negotiate the terms of IP ownership and IP management in consultation with our partners taking into consideration their specific needs.  

UTAS recognises that our commercial partners will require IP and commercial terms that will facilitate competitiveness in the marketplace and it will seek to identify flexible and innovative arrangements that allow our partners to achieve their goals.

However, partners should visit UTAS IP principles to review the guiding principles that will shape our negotiations.

UTAS’ Office of Business Development and Technology Transfer is available to work with organisations to develop equitable terms for fee-for-service research, collaborations, in- and out-licensing of intellectual property, and new company formation. UTAS is committed to providing prompt and professional service to our partners.

In addition to providing connections to across UTAS diverse range of faculties, departments, labs, and centres, the Office of Business Development and Technology Transfer can also leverage the University’s network with other research providers, corporate and government partners to expand the scope and depth of a response to your research needs.

ORS can also be instrumental in providing contacts within UTAS faculties, departments, labs, and centres. In addition to corporate partners, ORS also helps government organisations looking for innovative solutions to local, regional and international challenges.

Interested in partnering with UTAS, please contact:

Dr Darren Cundy
Director (Business Development & Technology Transfer)
Office of Corporate Relations
301 Sandy Bay Road

darren.cundy@utas.edu.au | +61 3 6226 6299+61 (0) 412 127 065