Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF)

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The priority areas for Round 3 of the ACSRF Joint Research Centres (JRCs) have been announced.

They are:

  • 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

The Round is expected to open in the second half of 2017.

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Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Energy Maximising the benefits of the bilateral ACSRF

The ACSRF has provided Professor Selomulya with opportunities to build new collaborations and strengthen existing ones with Chinese researchers and industry.


Australia-China Joint Research Centre for EnergyAustralia-China Joint Research Centre for Wheat Improvement

Australian and Chinese researchers working closely together to increase the suitability – and ultimately the amount – of Australian wheat being sold to China.


Australia-China Joint Research Centre for EnergyAustralia-China Joint Research Centre for Energy

Australian and Chinese scientists have worked together to help secure future energy supplies for both Australia and China.


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.

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).

Programme guidelines

View the ACSRF programme guidelines.

Programme Evaluation

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.

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

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