Department of State Development
First funding agreement signed for joint South Australia and Shandong science and tech labs

15 September

First funding agreement signed for joint South Australia and Shandong science and tech labs

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The State Government’s $1.3 million commitment to fund joint laboratories between the Shandong Academy of Science and South Australian universities is now underway with Flinders University signing the first funding agreement.

Flinders University will receive $300,000 over three years for the Marine Biotechnology Joint Laboratory – a collaboration which will lead to increased commercial opportunities for South Australian researchers and universities through China’s growing investment in science and technology innovations.

Peter Klar, Director of International Education at the Department of State Development, said the joint laboratories will lead to increased commercial opportunities for South Australian researchers and education institutions.

“These joint laboratories demonstrate a shared commitment to solve industry problems through research and collaboration between South Australian universities and the Shandong Academy of Sciences,” Mr Klar said.

“South Australia has a reputation for world-class research and great strengths in science, technology, and research that provides an excellent foundation for this international partnership.”

Flinders University Professor Wei Zhang said the University is one of the key drivers for the South Australia-Shandong Science, Technology Commercialisation Partnership Platform development.

“Flinders University was the first to develop a new model of international research and commercialisation collaboration with Shandong province,” Professor Zhang said.

“The Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development at Flinders University has been working with Shandong industry over the last five years, establishing two successful laboratories, laying a strong foundation for increased collaboration between the regions.

“We are pleased to see that three other new laboratories across a wide range of fields will be developed by replicating this model, giving further strength to our partnership with Shandong, and helping capture the next wave of innovation economy growth in China.”  

Flinders University has a long-standing relationship with the Shandong Academy of Science and a proven track record of working for, and with, the marine biotechnology industry in Shandong Province.

In September 2016, the State Government signed the Shandong-South Australia Science, Technology and Commercialisation Partnership Platform Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to encourage research and development collaboration between the two regions.

In May 2017, the China-Australia Joint Laboratory for Native Bioresource Industry Innovation was launched in Jinan, between two institutes (the Biology institute, and the Shandong Analysis and Test Centre) of Shandong Academy of Sciences and Flinders University, under the MoU. Following this, the State Government committed $1.3 million to further support joint laboratories between the Shandong Academy of Science and South Australia’s universities. 

Three further agreements are currently being negotiated, these include:

  • The University of South Australia: automation joint laboratory
  • Flinders University: medical devices and digital health joint laboratory
  • Adelaide University: agriculture and ecology joint laboratory.