Joint Research Centres

Australia-China Joint Research Centres are supported under the Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF). JRCs are virtual centres that link Australian and Chinese research institutions conducting a portfolio of research-related activities in a specified field of research.

JRC activities include:

  • Joint research programmes with Chinese partner/s
  • Conferences, workshops and symposia
  • Exchanges and secondments of personnel between Australia and China
  • New research-related information sharing and communication initiatives
  • JRCs must demonstrate a clear path to utilisation of the research outcomes. To this end applications are required to have an Australian industry or other end-user partner in addition to a Chinese partner.

JRC Round 2

A $5.95 million investment in stronger innovation and science links with China will help address challenges in the marine science, food and agribusiness, and mining equipment technology and services sectors.

The six new Joint Research Centres will be funded for three years under the Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF).

Australian research partners of each successful Joint Research Centre will receive grants of up to $1 million, with the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MOST) supporting each Chinese partner.

The Joint Research Centres include:

Available Funding

Round 3 of the JRC is expected to run in 2017. The dates and priority areas have yet to be determined.

Further information

For more information about the JRC application process, please contact:

Phone: +61 6276 1093 (Hours of operation: 9am - 5pm (AEST) Monday-Friday)
Or email:

Previous Joint Research Centres

The ACSRF provided funding to the following six JRCs, which were announced in December 2012:

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