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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.

Applications have closed for the third funding round of ACSRF–JRCs. The successful applicants will be announced later this year.

This round of funding will support up to six new Joint Research Centres in priority areas that were first announced during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Australia in March 2017. During the visit, the Prime Minister and Premier Li also announced the establishment of the Australia‑China Dialogue on Innovation.

The priority areas 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.


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.

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