Australia, China share research and innovation

Joint Research Centres announced last week in a media statement that Australian researchers collaborating with Chinese partners on industry-based projects can apply for funding under the third round of the Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF)

The statement mentioned that this round of funding will support up to six new ACSRF – Joint Research Centres in areas relevant to the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres initiative and our Science and Research Priorities.

The Australian Government is said to be providing up to $1 million over three years to successful Australian consortia for projects that link Australian and Chinese research institutions to build research capacity, maximise the application and commercialisation of research outcomes, and boost collaboration between researchers and industry. The Chinese Government will support the Chinese partners’ participation in these activities.

The priority areas for this ACSRF Joint Research Centres round were first announced during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Australia in March 2017. During the visit, the countries’ leaders announced the establishment of the Australia‑China Dialogue on Innovation.

Senator Arthur Sinodinos mentioned that the ministry for Industry Innovation and Science will be holding information sessions on Australia’s engagement with China and this round of ACSRF.

It is understood that applicants for this round must have an industry-based partner or end user in addition to a Chinese partner, with a focus on one of the following priority areas:

Advanced Manufacturing

  • astronomy related technology, including big data
  • new materials in manufacturing
  • cross-cutting technologies that will de-risk, scale up and add value to manufactured products

Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals

  • Effective technologies for individuals to manage their own health care
  • Better models of health care and services

Resources and Energy

  • Low emission energy production from fossil fuels and other sources
  • New clean energy sources and storage technologies and demand response technologies that are efficient, cost-effective and reliable.