Chinese Ministry of Science Technology

Queensland was the first Australian state to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)—China’s government agency for science and technology development.

Signed initially in 2008 and renewed in 2014, the agreement covers six priority areas of cooperation:

  • agriculture (including food)
  • human health and medical research
  • cleaner and renewable energy technologies
  • environment (including marine and terrestrial)
  • advanced materials and nanotechnology
  • digital-enabled technologies.

An early initiative under the MOU saw the establishment of the Queensland-China Climate Change Fellowship Program, which funded 13 projects. These ranged from the response of emergency management systems, to the effects of climate change on cardiovascular and mental health in Queensland and China.

Queensland–MOST Commercialisation Partnership Program

Initiatives under MOST continue to grow and develop, with a new program announced in April 2016, during Australia Week in China.

Offered under Advance Queensland's Global Partnership Awards program, round 1 of the Queensland-MOST Commercialisation Partnership Program gives researchers, scientists and up and coming entrepreneurs a chance to learn from their international peers. During three month placements with a Chinese science and technology incubator located in either: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong or Jiangsu, participants will also have regular opportunities to pitch to potential international investors.