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Australia-China 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, led by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology. 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.

Under the previous round for JRCs, announced in December 2015, Australia and China invested in stronger innovation and science links to study marine science, food and agribusiness, and mining equipment technology and services sectors.

  • Monash University and Soochow University researching dairy industry manufacturing process efficiencies and new high-value products.
  • University of Adelaide and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University developing new cereal grains with long term health benefits.
  • University of Melbourne and Chinese Agricultural University investigating healthy soils for sustainable food production.
  • University of Melbourne and First Institute of Oceanography of the State Oceanic Administrations will develop a new generation of models to forecast and describe ocean and wave climatology.
  • Australian Institute of Marine Science and Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Science will explore the translation of data into management solutions for coastal pollution and ecosystem safety.
  • University of South Australia and Central South University will develop in-line chemical and mineral sensing for sustainable mineral processing.

During Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Australia in March 2017, the Australian and Chinese Governments announced three priority areas for the next round of JRCs. They are:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • medical technologies and pharmaceuticals
  • resources and energy.

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

Click here for more information, including on current and past JRCs.