Research, technology and innovation

New South Wales is strongly committed to innovation and technology development. The state offers high levels of intellectual property protection, making the state an attractive destination for research and research investment.

Research and industry collaboration

NSW is home to 10 Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs), specialising in areas as diverse as solar energy, agricultural production, biotechnology, medical research and capital market systems.

The CRCs link researchers with industry, creating partnerships to practically apply and commercialise research.

These partnerships usually involve a number of bodies, including universities, industry scientists, businesses and government organisations.

Strong researcher base

NSW boasts Australia's premier research and higher education infrastructure, including the largest number of university and private higher education providers.

All of NSW's 11 universities are involved in global research and academic collaboration networks – often with some of the largest multinational companies – in fields such as agriculture, information technology, manufacturing and mining.

The state's researchers dominate Commonwealth research funding and receive the largest share of funding from the Australian Research  Council.

NSW researchers have also contributed to world-first breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, astrophysics, biotechnology, drug design, nanotechnology and solar power, both individually and in collaboration with international universities.