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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Australia-China joint research centres - priorities announced

The Minister for Industry and Science, the Hon Ian Macfarlane announced the next round of the Australia-China Joint Research Centres (JRCs) on 2 July 2015.

JRCs, which are supported under the Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF), are virtual centres that link Australian and Chinese research institutions conducting a portfolio of research-related activities in a specified field of research.

Priorities announced
The 2015 JRC priority areas, which were agreed with the Chinese Government, are:

Food and agribusiness
• Sustainable food production and processing
• Biosecurity
• Soil analysis, technologies and remediation

Mining equipment, technology and services
• Sustainable use of sedimentary basins
• Sensing, automation, robotics and data analytics for resource extraction, processing and waste management

Marine science
• Sustainable marine resource management
• Marine environments and marine ecosystems
• Maritime engineering

An Eligible Research Organisation (ERO) may only submit one JRC application per round. An ERO that has applied for funding for a JRC may be a collaborating partner in another JRC.
JRCs will be required to include an Australian end-user or industry partner to ensure the research funded has a practical focus, in addition to a Chinese partner.

Applications will open later in the month following the release of the programme guidelines.

Applications will close in September.

Phone: 02 6276 1093
Email: acsrf@science.gov.au

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