Australia-China Science and Research Fund JRCs

What is the Australia-China Science and Research Fund JRCs?

The Australia-China Science and Research Fund Joint Research Centres (ACSRF JRCs) are virtual centres that link Australian and Chinese research institutions conducting research-related activities. These activities are based on priority areas agreed between the Australian and Chinese Governments.



The Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF) supports activities undertaken through Joint Research Centres (JRCs). These virtual centres link Australian and Chinese research institutions doing research in a priority area.

The Australia-China Science and Research Fund-Joint Research Centres (ACSRF-JRCs) program brings leading institutions in Australia together with Chinese partners to achieve economic, environmental and social benefits for Australia and China.



For this grant opportunity, up to $5 million is available.

  • the maximum grant amount is $1,000,000
  • the maximum grant period is three years
  • the project must involve research in a priority area.


Priority Areas

The priority areas for round 4 of the program are:

Food and Agribusiness

  • agritech
  • supply chains
  • future food and their regulation.

Digital Technology

  • medical technologies including services and aged care
  • financial technology
  • big data.

Energy and Resources

  • new energy (renewables)
  • hydrogen
  • energy storage and supply
  • mineral exploration.

Advanced Materials

  • biomedical metal materials such as titanium and magnesium alloys
  • graphene technology
  • high-performance structure and composites.


Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • be consistent with the objectives and intended outcomes of the program
  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
  • be in a priority area

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include:

  • joint research projects with Chinese partners that directly relate to at least one of the priority areas of research announced for the funding round
  • conferences, workshops, symposia
  • exchanges and secondments of personnel between Australia and China from the JRC’s partners
  • new research–related information sharing and communication initiatives
  • application and commercialisation of research outcomes.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)

and be one of the following eligible entities:

  • a company, incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a Publicly Funded Research Organisation (PFRO)
  • a Cooperative Research Centre
  • other Australian incorporated entity

Joint applications involving more than one Australian partner are acceptable, provided the lead applicant is the main driver of the project and eligible to apply. For further information on joint applications, refer to section 7.2 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

A maximum of two applications is allowed per applicant and only one application per priority area.

Australia-China Science and Research Fund JRCs only accept applications that involve:

  • a Chinese primary partner who has submitted, or is in the process of submitting, a corresponding application to the relevant Chinese organisation in accordance with any guidelines or instructions issued by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MOST)
  • an Australian end user or industry partner that can apply the research outcomes.

Eligibility criteria cannot be waived under any circumstances.



Applications close 02 September 2020.


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