The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) are proud to administer the ASSA-CASS Joint Action Program.

Applications for funding in 2021 are now OPEN and will close on Monday 16 November 2020.

1. Program Objective

This research funding program is intended to provide Australian and CASS researchers the opportunity to collaborate in areas of shared interest. It is suited to younger researchers who wish to pursue research opportunities with an international colleague, with the intention that this may lead to larger research projects. To apply, researchers must submit a proposal to conduct research with an overseas partner having similar interests. Each application must contain at least one researcher from Australia and one from CASS. As the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia encourages the participation of early-career researchers, one applicant must be fewer than eight years beyond the completion of their PhD. The work undertaken on the project may involve online or in-person meetings. Proposals with an interdisciplinary character are encouraged.

The following topics have been identified as priorities for the 2021 program:

1. Urban Development
2. Impact of Technology on Society
3. Population
4. Migration and Immigration
5. Environmental Protection
6. Regional Security and Cooperation
7. National Development Measures and Evaluation
8. New Developments in IT Communication and Commerce

2. Funding

In 2021, four grants will be awarded to teams of social scientists from Australia and CASS.

With approval from ASSA and CASS, each successful project application will be awarded $7,000 AUD to be shared by the Australian scholars and ¥25,000 RMB to be shared by the CASS scholars. The grant can be expended throughout 2021 on the costs associated with the project which may include, but are not limited to, air travel, accommodation, data collection, and conference-related costs.

An acquittal of funding expenditure, as well as a ~2,000 word article summarising the context of the research question, the outcomes of the research, and directions for future research, is due by Wednesday 31 March 2022.

3. Applications

Applications are due to ASSA by Monday 16 November 2020. Please note that CASS will have a separate application form, closing date and application procedures.

Signed application forms must be submitted separately to both ASSA and to the Bureau of International Cooperation of CASS. Applicants are advised to contact the Bureau of International Co-operation of CASS to obtain the relevant CASS application form and application procedures (including their closing date for applications). The assessment of applications is carried out by ASSA and CASS separately, with grants awarded to applications ranking highly in the assessment of both.

Click here for the 2021 ASSA Application Form

Application forms should be submitted to ASSA via email to by Monday 16 November 2020.

4. Contact for Enquiries

Michelle Bruce or Anna Dennis
Phone: +61 2 6249 1788