UQ Sponsor Success Stories

UQ Sponsor Success Stories

In recent years, grants from the private sector have helped to provide the following:

  • The Atlantic Philanthropies contributed $50 million to the Translational Research Institute (TRI), which is one of the southern hemisphere’s largest facilities of its kind. TRI will be one of only a few places worldwide where new biopharmaceuticals and treatments can be researched, discovered, manufactured, and clinically tested in one location. The TRI building will house up to 900 researchers and support staff. State-of-the-art facilities will include physical containment level 2 (PC2) and level 3 (PC3) laboratories, a vivarium, a Cell Therapies clean room facility, staff support spaces, a large lecture theatre and advanced education facilities. The associated and adjacent biopharmaceuticals facility will house a pilot drug manufacturing facility to bring discoveries to pilot commercialization.
  • In a ground-breaking initiative bringing together cutting edge research expertise in energy, water and sustainability with world-class science and engineering education, The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) and The University of Queensland (UQ) unveiled a strategic partnership resulting in the establishment of the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation.
  • The Boeing Company has funded a Chair in Systems Engineering boosting Australia’s capacity to build and design complex engineering systems and enable the University to take on a leadership role in the area. The funding has enabled UQ to establish one of the few systems engineering programs in the country. Boeing continues to fund scholarships for students in this program.
  • The University of Queensland has signed a memorandum of understanding with NASA to continue close collaboration on hypersonic propulsion projects.

The Boeing aviation company has teamed up with scientists from the University of Queensland to further develop their scramjet rocket technology. The supersonic engine is capable of speeds up to 8,000 kilometres-an-hour, and could cut flight times between Australia and the UK to just a few hours. The UQ Centre for Hypersonics was the first in the world to achieve verified supersonic combustion of a scramjet in flight. Read more