Joint Research Centres

Australia-China Joint Research Centres (JRCs) 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 priority areas agreed to by the Australian and Chinese governments. JRCs 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.

JRCs’ 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.

Next round of JRCs

Round 3 of JRCs is expected to open for applications in the second half of 2017.

JRC Round 2

Under Round 2 of JRCs, announced in December 2015, a $5.95 million investment in stronger innovation and science links with China is helping address challenges in the marine science, food and agribusiness, and mining equipment technology and services sectors.

Australian research partners of each successful JRC have received grants of up to $1 million, with the Chinese government supporting its respective Chinese partners.

The Round 2 JRCs are:

Further information

For more information about JRCs, please contact:

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

Previous JRCs

The ACSRF provided funding to the following six JRCs as part of Round 1, which were announced in December 2012:

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