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Australia-China Science and Research Fund

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27 Apr 2011

His Excellency Dr Geoff Raby, Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China and His Excellency Dr Wan Gang, Minister of Science and Technology

for the People's Republic of China signing the Joint Ministerial Statement on bilateral cooperation in science and research in Beijing on 26 April 2011.

The Science Ministers of the Commonwealth of Australia and the People’s Republic of China have reaffirmed both countries’ commitment to continue to expand collaboration on strategic science and research initiatives of mutual interest.

The Australian and Chinese governments will each commit $9 million over three years to a new Australia-China Science and Research Fund from 2011-12.

The fund will build on the strong partnership built through 30 years of cooperation on science and technology between Australia and China.

With the support of both governments, collaboration between Australian and Chinese scientists has grown exponentially, producing outstanding results for business and communities.

China is now the third most important partner for Australian researchers and Australia is China’s sixth highest partner as reflected in scientific publications.

These collaborations have contributed to breakthrough discoveries in areas as diverse as medical research, disaster management, biodiversity, water conservation, food security, wireless communications, new alloys for manufacturing and clean energy.

Scientific cooperation has also created new opportunities for Australian researchers and firms to work at the heart of the Chinese economic powerhouse.

The new fund will renew our strong partnership for the years ahead, helping both nations prepare for the challenges of a low-carbon, high-tech century.