Food and Beverage Accelerator (FaBA)

Accelerating Australia's food and beverage manufacturing.

We're blazing the trail for Australian food and beverage manufacturing.

FaBA (Food and Beverage Accelerator) unites the brightest university minds with industry experts, leveraging Australia’s natural advantages, to accelerate growth across the sector.

Industry led with world-class experts, facilities and resources, FaBA is the knowledge broker, enabling businesses to develop smart production processes and co-create new innovative products and markets.

Our approach allows us to meet and exceed the ever-evolving needs, tastes and preferences of consumers – for nutritional, delicious and sustainable food and beverages. 

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    Innovation Pathways

    Derived from industry-led university research, Innovation Pathways collaborates with early-stage companies to assist in achieving commercial outcomes and supports established companies with commercialisation of new products, processes and ventures.


    Innovative Ingredients

    Uses bio-manufacturing and precision fermentation to enable production of new sustainable ingredients from lab scale to industrial implementation.


    Premium Food and Beverages

    Industry-driven research that builds capability and expertise for industry to value-add onshore and grow business opportunities.


    Trailblazer Training Centre

    Training the next generation of industry-engaged, highly skilled workforce and researchers across food science, biotechnology and engineering.


FaBA will contribute to doubling the value of Australia’s food and beverage manufacturing sector.

$51.1 million in R&D investment

30 new products and ingredients

$1 billion in manufacturing investment

20 new startups

1,700 skilled jobs

20+ industry and research partners

FaBA jobs and research opportunities

FaBA will have a number of research and professional opportunities advertised in 2023-2024. Check back here or search on UQ jobs to find opportunities. 

We'll also announce PhD projects and scholarships opportunities via the FaBA website


FaBA is funded by The Australian Government Department of Education's Trailblazer program.

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UQ is partnering with QUT and UniSQ. 

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Queensland University of Technology (QUT) logoUniversity of Southern Queensland (Uni SQ) logo

Trailblazer Universities Program

FaBA is one of 6 Australian Government trailblazer university programs, which are being supported over the next four years to:

  • build new research capabilities
  • drive commercialisation outcomes
  • invest in new industry engagement opportunities.

Learn more about the Australian Government Trailblazer Universities ProgramRead our news: UQ secures trailblazing commercial research funding

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Contact us

For more information about the FaBA, contact the Associate Director, FaBA operations:

Associate Director, FaBA operations

Director, FaBA

Commercialisation and Business Development Manager, FaBA

Program leads

If you have specific enquiries, contact our project leads:

Trailblazer Training Centre

Premium Food and Beverages

Innovation Pathways

Innovative Ingredients

Associate Professor Esteban Marcellin Saldana

07 3346 4298


See Esteban's researcher profile