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For UNSW Staff

Researchers. Turning passion to possibility.


At UNSW Innovations we focus on helping researchers and staff transform research discoveries into successful innovations to benefit our communities and society. We can help you by: identifying and connecting you to partners to fund your research; negotiating contracts to fund your research activities; protecting your ideas and innovations; preparing confidentiality agreements; drafting patents, copyright and trademark applications; and connecting you to the right people in business, industry and government to make this happen.


Got a great idea?

UNSW Innovations makes it easy to tell us your new ideas.

When you have an idea, and you are not quite sure where to take it next, make contact with UNSW Innovations and log your idea at our secure web portal. Your idea or invention will be kept confidential, and UNSW Innovations will contact you for a meeting.

It is as easy as answering a few simple questions to get the whole process started.

Find out more about the Inventor Portal

Connect. Collaborate. Innovate.

UNSW Innovations has assisted numerous researchers and staff members achieve commercial success.

We facilitate partnerships between UNSW researchers, students and the business community to get your ideas and inventions into use.

With a team of technically trained business managers with experience in commercial negotiations, legal matters and marketing technologies you can be assured of the best possible team at your service.

Working with the best

UNSW Innovations works with some of the world’s most successful companies and your research could help their business!

Our global connections and business partners include companies like Dow Chemicals, Onesteel, BHP Billiton, Bausch + Lomb, LG Electronics and Carl Zeiss Microimaging –
just to name a few.

Protect your idea 

Protecting your idea or invention starts by completing an Invention Disclosure Form. You’ll need to use your staff  zID number to access the form.

We have the staff, resources and networks to help develop the potential of your research, inventions and ideas without compromising confidentiality.

You may also wish to discuss UNSW's Intellectual Property Policy,  (UNSW IP Policy) with us and how it affects you and your rights.

Patenting and Licencing 

We encourage UNSW researchers to submit an invention disclosure form before you publish or make public disclosures. By discussing your work with us in its development stages, we can provide advice on the patenting your invention and we can help identify potential opportunities for you.

For further information contact Graham by email

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UNSW Staff inventions

What they're saying


NSi provide researchers at UNSW Australia a conduit for our ideas and passion. Cooperation and collaboration with UNSW Innovations helps make my job even more exciting.
UNSW Innovations have been invaluable in helping me with patenting and funding my research.
Over the past 3 years ‎I have had the immense pleasure to work with UNSW Innovations on a strategic and proactive level. Not only have I enjoyed the professionalism at every level but am convinced their role has enhanced the reputation of the university and provided significant opportunities for commercialization to our Centre.
I have had tremendous support from the entire Innovations team over the past few years as my team have developed new patents and worked to find commercial partners for our silicon quantum computing technologies.
Our team is now working with the world’s biggest solar manufacturers through collaborative agreements with UNSW Innovations to commercialise this low-cost technology.
UNSW Innovations has been instrumental in getting my research out to companies. Thanks to their efforts, we have 2 new industry partners - one in Australia, one from China, with both contributing research funding to further develop both technologies

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