Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF)

The announcement on round 2 of the Joint Research Centres was made on 15 April 2016.

The six new centres are:

Background on the ACSRF

The Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF) supports strategic science, technology and innovation collaboration of mutual benefit to Australia and China. The ACSRF builds critical mass in areas of strategic priority and supports enduring partnerships between Australian and Chinese researchers. The ACSRF will also facilitate activities that encourage the application and commercialisation of research outcomes to the mutual benefit of both countries and provide early career researchers the opportunity to gain relevant Australia-China research experience.

In 2014, the ACSRF was extended in recognition of the long-standing and highly successful nature of the Australia-China joint science and research relationship. This extension, of $10 million over four years from 2014-15 builds on over 30 years of bilateral cooperation on science and technology and an earlier commitment of $9 million to establish the ACSRF by the Australian Government.

About the ACSRF

The ACSRF comprises of three elements supporting its objective to facilitate stronger collaborative ties between the two countries. These elements are:

  • Joint Research Centres
  • Australia-China Science Academies Symposia Series
  • Young Scientist Exchange Programme

The ACSRF is jointly managed by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology.

Joint Research Centres

Joint Research Centres (JRCs) are virtual Centres which link Australian and Chinese research institutions conducting a portfolio of research related activities in a specified field of research. JRCs facilitate a concentration of effort and outcomes beyond that which can be expected with individual research projects.

Australia-China Science Academies Symposia Series

The Australia-China Science Academies Symposia Series will be supported under the extension of the ACSRF. Further information can be found on the Australia-China Science Academies Symposia Series page.

Young Scientists Exchange Programme

The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) has been engaged to run the Australia-China Young Scientists Exchange Programme (YSEP) in 2016. Applications for the 2016 Round have now closed. The exchanges will take place 25 July - 6 August (Chinese scientists to Australia) and 30 October -11 November (Australian scientists to China).

For more information on YSEP, visit the Young Scientists Exchange Programme (YSEP).

Programme guidelines

View the ACSRF programme guidelines.

Programme Evaluation

An evaluation of the ACSRF is currently being conducted. A summary of the report will be available later in the year.

Contact us

For more information about the Fund or to receive updates, please contact: +61 2 6276 1093 (Hours of operation: 9am - 5pm (AEST) Monday-Friday) or email


Manager, International Science Collaboration
Science and Commercialisation Policy
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
GPO Box 9839
Canberra ACT 2601

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