The University of the Sunshine Coast has developed a number of significant research partnerships as part of its strategic plan to increase research productivity and output.
Research is also supported by a variety of funding agencies.
Sunshine Coast Council
USC and the Sunshine Coast Council (SCC) executed a new three-year Research Agreement in 2015 to develop and foster collaborative research that promotes regional and economic development.
Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service
USC works closely with the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS). In addition to fostering collaborative research between USC researchers and hospital and health based clinicians, SCHHS support USC Honours, Masters and PhD level students to undertake hands on research.
Cancer Council Queensland
In 2015 Cancer Council Queensland and USC co-funded the appointment of Professor Michael Kimlin to a research-focused role as Foundation Chair in Cancer Prevention.
The Australian Forest Operations Research Alliance
The Australian Forest Operations Research Alliance is an alliance between the University and major Australian forest industry stakeholders to conduct collaborative forest supply chain research, this consortium is in its third stage and has run for over three years.
Biotechnology company EcoBiotics specialises in the discovery and early development of new bioactive products. EcoBiotics and USC co-fund the appointment of Dr Steven Ogbourne, Senior Research Fellow in Plant Biotechnology.
In collaboration with USC researchers including Professor Brendan Burkett, Swimming Australia have established the Paralympic Performance Centre at the Sippy Downs campus of USC. Over the course of a number of years Swimming Australia have funded cutting edge research in to the performance of Paralympic swimmers.
In 2015 CSIRO and USC co-funded a postdoctoral researcher to undertake modelling of surface flows and river discharge in northern Australian catchments with higher temporal resolution. This exciting collaborative research is being led by Professor Roy Sidle from USC.
USC and the Wishlist recently a two-year Research Agreement to develop and foster collaborative research that enhance health outcomes, promote collaboration and promote innovative health care.
In 2012 USC and Leuphana University, Luneberg (Germany) established a jointly conferred PhD program which supports the collaborative supervision of higher degree by research students who study at both universities towards the completion of a single PhD award.
German Sports University
In 2014 USC and the German Sports University established a jointly conferred PhD program which supports the collaborative supervision of higher degree by research students who study at both universities towards the completion of a single PhD award.
University of Tasmania
In 2014 USC and University of Tasmania established a jointly conferred PhD program which supports the collaborative supervision of higher degree by research students who study at both universities towards the completion of a single PhD award.
USC receives funding to support research from a number of different agencies via competitive grants processes, as well as direct engagement. These include:
- Australian Research Council (ARC)
- National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
- Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
- Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)
- Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO)
- Department of Social Services (DSS)
- Department of the Environment
- Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)