How we can help

Our aim is to build long-lasting mutually beneficial relationships with companies that have a desire to develop and exploit autonomous system technologies. Industry collaborations begin with a meeting to discuss problems or projects of mutual interest. This may progress to a consulting contract or a research project. Both consulting contracts and research projects are operated under the auspices of the University of Sydney.

  • Consulting contracts are generally short-term and undertaken to provide advice, a design, or a prototype for a specific purpose. Consulting contracts are a good way of ‘testing the water’ to see if your needs and our capabilities are matched.
  • Research projects are often longer term and undertaken to address a major development or demonstration of a technology. Research projects may be wholly funded by an industry partner or can potentially be co-funded through government programmes such as ARC Linkage grants.
  • For many of our collaborating companies we provide training in relevant technologies through our industry training scheme. We often place graduates and postgraduates with companies to ensure smooth transition of technology.

The ACFR has a long track record of close and effective collaboration with industry partners both in Australia and internationally. Over the past fifteen years, the ACFR has undertaken approximately $55m of industry contract research grants for over 40 different companies, and has received a number of awards for its work with industry.