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Collaborating with China on science and research

We fund collaborative research with China on science, innovation and technology.

Australia-China Science and Research Fund

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

Priority areas of research

The ACSRF has supported research collaboration across a large number of areas, including for example:

  • food and agribusiness
  • medical technologies and pharmaceuticals
  • renewable energy

Funding activities

The ACSRF facilitates activities that:

  • support enduring partnerships between Australian and Chinese researchers
  • encourage the application and commercialisation of research outcomes
  • provide early career researchers the opportunity to gain Australia-China research experience.

We jointly manage the ACSRF with the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China.

The ACSRF comprises 3 elements:

  • Joint Research Centres
  • Thematic science workshops, seminars and symposia (including the Australia-China Science Academies Symposia Series)
  • Young Scientists Exchange Programme.

Joint Research Centres

The ACSRF-Joint Research Centres (ACSRF-JRCs) are virtual centres that link Australian and Chinese institutions and fund research in priority areas agreed between both Governments.


  • build research capacity
  • maximise the application and commercialisation of research outcomes
  • boost collaboration between researchers and industry
  • facilitate joint efforts and outcomes that exceed what an individual research project can expect.

Competitive grant rounds are held regularly. You may only apply while a round is open.

Find ACSRF funding round details and apply for grants on

Program guidelines apply to Australian applicants only. Chinese applicants should follow the Chinese Government guidelines.

Thematic science workshops, seminars and symposia

The ACSRF supports Australia-China science and technology workshops, seminars and symposia , including the long standing Australia-China Science Academies Symposia Series. These meetings strengthen cooperative research links and build enduring relationships between Australia and China in areas of mutual interest.

The Australian Academy of Science (AAS) partners with us to deliver the Symposia Series.

Young Scientists Exchange Programme

The Australian and Chinese Governments jointly fund the Young Scientists Exchange Programme (YSEP) for early to mid-career researchers. YSEP provides an opportunity for researchers from Australia and China to undertake a two week exchange. Successful applicants establish linkages with a range of research organisations and learn about the science and research environments of each country.

Under the ACSRF, there have been 8 rounds of YSEP. The program is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 international travel restrictions.

The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) works with us to administer the YSEP.

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Contact us


  • Phone 13 28 46 (8am-8pm, Monday to Friday)
  • Email acsrf [at]

YSEP, thematic science workshops, seminars and symposia:

  • Email International.Science [at]

Last updated: 6 January 2022

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