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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.

Five new Joint Research Centres have been announced, in priority areas that were first announced during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Australia in March 2017:

  • 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

New clean energy sources and storage technologies and demand response technologies that are efficient, cost-effective and reliable; Low emission energy production from fossil fuels and other sources.

During the visit, the Prime Minister and Premier Li also announced the establishment of the Australia‑China Dialogue on Innovation.

 The five new Joint Research Centres announced 2019 show Australia and China is investing in stronger innovation and science links to study green energy production, informatics and infrastructure, health technology and services  sectors.

·        University of Melbourne and Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology to develop low-cost flexible solar cells and new near-infra-red technologies.

·        Flinders University and Nankai University to develop accessible medical sensing devices to enable early detection of emerging health concerns and empower healthy choices.

·        University of Technology Sydney and the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry to develop a low-cost, next-generation, portable, point-of-care testing device to help identify markers of genetic disorders, infections and cancers.

·        University of Adelaide and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University to develop combined wind-and-wave power generation technologies to improve energy security.

·        University of Sydney and Tianjin University to develop energy informatics and demand response technologies that improve energy sustainability, improve energy affordability and secure energy infrastructures.

Joint Research Centres will also receive co-investment from the Chinese Government through the partnering Chinese institute.

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