Group Missions

Group missions are visits by Australian groups (two or more personnel to China) or Chinese groups (two or more personnel to Australia) to achieve specific purposes related to research and research-driven innovation. Groups may comprise members from one or more organisations.

Eligible activities

This component is intended to be a flexible mechanism which supports efforts to move beyond ‘meet and greet’ activities to more complex undertakings with a clear purpose related to research and its application.

For example, missions may be used for purposes such as negotiating and signing new Australia China research facilitation agreements, sending teams to plan joint research-related programs with Chinese partners or research/industry missions.

Group mission activities may include:

  • Early and mid-career researcher exchange programs with Chinese partner/s
  • Research-related workshops and symposia with Chinese partner/s
  • Research-related visits and secondments of Australian researchers to China (including cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional missions)
  • Research-industry missions to China

2013-14 funding round

Applications for the 2013-14 round of Group Missions will open on 1 July 2013 and close on 2 August 2013 (or when funding allocations are complete). Find out how to apply.


The Australian Government will contribute a maximum of AUD$45,000 funding for each group mission. Australian Government funding will be applied primarily for Australian out-bound missions.

Outcomes of previous rounds

To date, the Australia China Science and Research Fund has provided funding to 75 group missions to China.

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