The Australian Federal Government has invested A$5.95 million in six new joint research centres to encourage stronger innovation and science links with China.

Funded for three years under the Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF), the new centres will focus on the marine science, food and agribusiness, and mining equipment technology and services sectors.

The centres will build Australia's research capacity, forge strategic alliances and stimulate commercialisation of research outcomes. This will boost innovation and international competitiveness.

The centre grants also support the objectives of the National Innovation and Science Agenda and help research institutions build links with China – an important collaborative partner for Australia in science and research.

Three of the six new Joint Research Centres grant winners are Victorian:

  • Monash University and Soochow University - researching dairy industry manufacturing process efficiencies and new high-value products.
  • University of Melbourne and Chinese Agricultural University - investigating healthy soils for sustainable food production.
  • Swinburne University of Technology and First Institute of Oceanography of the State Oceanic Administrations - developing a new generation of models to forecast and describe ocean and wave climatology.
  • Australian Institute of Marine Science and Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Science - exploring the translation of data into management solutions for coastal pollution and ecosystem safety.
  • University of Adelaide and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University - developing new cereal grains with long-term health benefits.
  • University of South Australia and Central South University - developing in-line chemical and mineral sensing for sustainable mineral processing.

The joint research centres will also receive co-investment from the Chinese Government through the partnering Chinese institution.