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Australia-China Science and Research Fund–Joint Research Centres

The Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF) supports strategic science, technology and innovation collaboration between Australia and China.

Current projects: Round 3

The government invested $4.7 million in April 2019 for Round 3 of the ACSRF-JRCs. The projects are addressing research priorities and challenges in these sectors:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • medical technologies and pharmaceuticals
  • resources and energy

Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Flexible Graphene Electronics

Graphene in one of the most exciting materials to have emerged in the last 50 years. It opens up potential new product applications in optics, electronics, spectroscopy and energy.

The centre will develop:

  • flexible electronics applications including low-cost flexible solar cells for portable power generation
  • new technologies including photodetectors and night time imaging systems


  • Lead Australian partner: University of Melbourne
  • Lead Chinese partner: Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology

Other partners:

  • Greatcell Solar Limited
  • Monash University
  • Agilent Technologies Australia Pty Ltd
  • Wuhan University of Technology
  • Nanjing University
  • Chongqing Moxi Technology Co Ltd

Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Personal Health Technologies

Personal health technologies are transforming the future of health. They:

  • play an important role in health promotion, disease prevention, health management and healthcare system redesign
  • enable sophisticated analysis of personal and population health

The centre will develop cheap, accessible devices that help healthy individuals and those with chronic illness. The digital information collected can help identify early health concerns, reduce health care visits and empower healthy choices.


  • Lead Australian partner: Flinders University
  • Lead Chinese partner: Nankai University

Other partners:

  • Latrobe University
  • SMR Automotive Australia Pty Limited
  • South China University of Technology
  • Shandong Academy of Sciences
  • Shenzhen AIEgen Biotech Co. Limited

Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Point-of-Care Testing

Treating and curing diseases, including cancer, largely depends on the stage treatment begins. A device that enables easy, quick, timely diagnosis has enormous implications for healthcare practice and patient survival rates.

The centre will:

  • combine expertise in nanotechnology, diagnostics and rare earth elements
  • produce a compact, low-cost, portable point-of-care testing device to detect genetic disorders, infections, fetal abnormalities and signs of cancer


  • Lead Australian partner: University of Technology Sydney
  • Lead Chinese partner: Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry

Other partners:

  • The University of Wollongong
  • Speedx Pty Ltd
  • Design & Industry Pty Ltd
  • The Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation
  • China Australia Technology Investment Group Pty Ltd
  • Suzhou Institute of Biomedical Engineering & Technology
  • Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter

Australia-China Joint Research Centre of Offshore Wind and Wave Energy Harnessing

Renewable energy is at the core of delivering environmental and economic benefits to Australia and across the globe. The centre will address scientific and business challenges in the global renewable energy industry by:

  • developing combined wind and wave power generation technology
  • commercialising research outcomes

The commercial benefits will lead to improved energy security, reduced fossil fuel emissions, economic growth and job creation.


  • Lead Australian partner: The University of Adelaide
  • Lead Chinese Partner: Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Other partners:

  • University of Western Australia
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
  • Carnegie Clean energy Limited
  • China University of Mining and Technology

Australia-China Centre for Energy Informatics and Demand Response Technologies

The centre aims to supply efficient, reliable and affordable green energy resources to the Australian and Chinese markets.

Economic, environmental and social benefits:

  • a more flexible and reliable energy system
  • lower energy bills for consumers
  • reduced capital cost investments and need for network upgrades by energy providers
  • improved energy system operations and expansion


  • Lead Australian partner: University of Sydney
  • Lead Chinese Partner: Tianjin University

Other partners:

  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • EnergyAustralia Pty Ltd
  • Tsinghua University
  • State Grid Corporation of China

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Last updated: 24 November 2021

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