Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF)

The Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF) provides support for strategic science and research collaboration of mutual benefit to Australia and China.

Funding is available to support Australia-China Joint Research Centres and Group Missions.

Group Missions

Group missions are visits by Australian groups to China or Chinese groups to Australia to achieve specific purposes related to research and research-driven innovation.

Group mission activities may include:

  • Early and mid-career researcher exchange programs with Chinese partner/s
  • Research-related workshops and symposia with Chinese partner/s
  • Research-related visits and secondments of Australian researchers to China (including cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional missions)
  • Research-industry missions to China

Group missions include at least two personnel from one or more organisations.

How to apply

Only two applications can be submitted per institution per round so interested research teams should submit an EOI of approx one page to Jane Zhang at by 12noon on Monday 16 January 2012 for an internal selection process.

The objective of the fund is to support strategic science and research collaboration of mutual benefit to Australia and China. EOIs should include a brief project description (1000 or less characters including spaces) in terms of what it will achieve.

Applicants must demonstrate agreement from the proposed Chinese partner/s to participate in or facilitate the group mission, in writing on official letterhead and signed by a person authorised to provide such an undertaking.

Find out more at the DIISR website.

Joint Research Centres

Joint Research Centres are virtual centres which bring together Australian and Chinese research organisations to conduct a range of activities within the Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF) priority areas of research.

The Australian Government will provide up to AUD$1 million for each joint research centre, with matching funding from the Chinese Government for activities including:

  • Joint research programs with Chinese partner/s
  • Conferences, workshops and symposia
  • Exchanges and secondments of personnel between Australia and China
  • New research-related information sharing and communication initiatives
How to apply

Applications are now closed. For further information contact:

Kate Taylor

More details including Priority Areas and Assesment Criteria is available from the DIISR website.