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ACSRF Information Session 18 August 2015
Date Published: 15/09/2015

Australia China Science Research Fund (ACSRF) Perth Information Session 18 August 2015

On 18 August TIAC in collaboration with the Federal Department of Industry and Science held an information session on the Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF) that focussed on the Joint Research Centres (JRC). The Minister for Industry and Science, the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, announced the next round of Australia-China Joint Research Centres (JRC) on Friday 2 July 2015.

The round is expected to support six new centres which will be funded under the Australia China Science Research Fund (ACSRF). The Commonwealth Government will provide up to $1 million over three years to the Australian consortia, with the Chinese Government supporting the Chinese teams’ participation in these joint activities. The Fund provides support for international research collaborations and realises the economic potential of the research sector by allowing Australian scientists and industry to engage with China. This round of Joint Research Centres will be focused on priority areas in agreement with the Chinese Government and will reflect the Commonwealth’s industry growth sectors and science and research priorities. More information about the project can be found here.

The information session was hosted by Professor Shaun Collin on behalf of TIAC in conjunction with the Commonwealth government. Approximately 45 representatives across industry, academia, education and government attended the event.

The WA Chief Scientist, Professor Peter Klinken provided an overview of how the WA Government’s Science Priorities will align with the ACSRF guidelines. Ms Ngor Tan from the Department of State Development presented on existing research linkages between WA and Zhejiang. Kris Browne, Bernadine Caruana and Belinda Larner from the Department of Industry and Science provided information in relation to Australia-China science and research relations, the ACSRF Program and guidelines on applications for the 2015 Round Joint Research Centres.

The information presentation slides can be downloaded in pdf format here.

To ensure the research funded has a practical focus, centres applying for this round must have both an industry-based or other end user, in addition to a Chinese partner. The round is now open and will close on 14th September 2015.

Click here to access the ACSRF guidelines.

A copy of a media release about the event can be found here.

If you have any questions please contact tiac@commerce.wa.gov.au.

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