Funding and opportunities – 26 May 2020

Postponed – Australia-China Science and Research Fund – Joint Research Centres

Some of you may be keen to apply to the Australia-China Science and Research Fund – Joint Research Centre scheme this year, especially as the Chinese government call has opened already and is closing soon.

The MRO has made enquiries as to when the Australian call will be opened, but have been told that it is postponed with no further information forthcoming – (see below). They will monitor Grant Connect and as soon as the round opens, assess the eligibility criteria. Previous rounds have had an institutional cap on the number of applications and so if this remains, the MRO will run an EOI process.

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Given the COVID-19 pandemic and current overseas travel restrictions, the department has decided to postpone the launch of ACSRF-JRCs Round 4 until it is deemed suitable to open the call for applications.

This program is a bilateral program, each government assesses applications independently in accordance with its own processes and decides which projects to refer for joint consideration. To be eligible your Chinese organisation is required to submit an application in accordance with any guidelines, priority areas or instructions issued by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and when Australia opens the round you are required to submit an application in accordance with any guidelines, priority areas or instructions.

Unfortunately we are unable to provide details of ACSRF-JRCs Round 4 priority areas or guidelines until Australian opens the round, however details on previous Australian JRC rounds can be found on business.gov.au under ACSRF key documents, noting these are sample documents and likely to differ particularly relating to merit criteria’s and priority areas.

It is suggested that you continue to monitor business.gov.au or register on GrantConnectfor future announcements.

Kind regards

Australia-China Science and Research Fund
Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources