Australia-China Science and Research Fund Joint Research Centres (ACSRF JRCs)

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.

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What do you get?

Grants of up to $1,000,000

The grant amount will be up to 100% of eligible project costs.

Who is this for?

An Australian organisation doing a research project with China in a priority area. You must have a Chinese partner who is applying through the corresponding Chinese system.


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.

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.


What are the eligibility criteria?

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.

We can 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.

We cannot waive the eligibility criteria under any circumstances.

For more information on eligibility, check the grant opportunity guidelines.


How do you apply?

The Australia-China Science and Research Fund is currently closed to applications.

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Grant recipients

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Sample application form

Sample grant agreement

Key personnel CV template

Letter of support template