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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 Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China.
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).
For more information on YSEP, visit the Young Scientists Exchange Programme (YSEP).
View the ACSRF programme guidelines.
In 2016, ACIL Allen Consulting conducted an evaluation of the Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF). The evaluation covered the period 2011–12 to 2013–14. It examined the ACSRF from the point of view of: appropriateness; effectiveness; efficiency; integration; performance assessment; and strategic policy alignment. The evaluation found that the ACSRF funding is supporting the development of enduring collaborative partnerships between Australian and Chinese researchers and is delivering on its objectives.
The following videos illustrate how the ACSRF has supported Australian researchers to collaborate with their Chinese counterparts in leading edge scientific research projects, under the JRC component of the fund.
Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Energy - Video focuses on climate change and energy security issues being faced by Australia and China, and the research this centre is undertaking to come up with innovative solutions.
Australia-China Joint Research Centre for River Basin Management - Video focuses on some of the key water management issues faced by China and Australia. The centre undertakes research on strategic water resources management, with the aim of improving water productivity and efficiency, food security, community resilience and economic returns, while protecting water ecosystems.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Manager, International Science Collaboration
Science and Commercialisation Policy
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
GPO Box 9839
Canberra ACT 2601