After 18 months, the Aus4Innovation Program has enabled Australia and Vietnam to
create new relationships,
scale up existing collaborations, support socio-economic development goals, and build a foundation for long-term growth.
and Vietnamese Agencies
60 Grant Partners
awarded A$1.6m on
3 collaborative projects
263 agencies, 661
participating in program events
participating in IDIA
Investments in cancer diagnosis, water quality, sustainable agriculture and waste reduction
81 representatives of 38 organisations participating in science commercialisation capacity building including partnership brokering and inclusion
More than 300 organisations collaborating in 194 existing partnerships identified in grant calls
More than 60 official trips enabled
Supporting Science Technology and
Innovation Strategy 2021-30
Learn more about the people and projects that Aus4Innovation has supported so far:
Our grant programs and science commercialisation initiatives are identifying and supporting opportunities for businesses, researchers and government agencies to collaborate; whether on projects in Vietnam, bilaterally with Australia, or by accessing global knowledge networks, supply chains and markets.
CSIRO and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam (MOST) signed a Partnership MoU to lay a solid ground for further collaboration in Science, Technology and Innovation to make the best of opportunities brought by Industry 4.0. The signing was undertaken during the official visit to Australia by H.E. Mr Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of Vietnam in March 2018.
Former Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Julie Bishop and Vietnamese Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh announced the Aus4Innovation program in 2017 during the week of APEC summit in Vietnam.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) co-hosted the International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA) annual conference. Joined by PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and 11 ministers, technical experts, researchers and private sector leaders from the international and Vietnamese communities. The conference helped shape Vietnam’s future innovation agenda.
Policy makers from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) and the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) discussed the role of government as an enabler in innovation systems, and listened to experiences from the Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN), a leading innovation ecosystem builder in Australia.
We supported this enduring partnership between Australia’s Univeristy of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and the Research Insititute for Aquaculture #3 (RIA3) to bring their breakthrough research collaboration into life and allow high value sea cucumber production in the central region of Vietnam
UTS Rapido Vietnam brings together research institutions across the country. Bringing the Rapido methodology to Vietnam will enable local researchers to establish more effective partnerships to address the challenges and seize the opportunities of the future.
Vietnam National University of Agriculture and fruit companies are using commercialisation training and partnership brokering skills from Aus4Innovation to bring novel fruit processing technology to industry.
Aus4Innovation has organised experience sharing events between Australian experts and Vietnamese research institutes and businesses. In this workshop, a member of CSIRO’s SME Connect team helped researchers understand the value of business partnerships.
Can Tho University and NHONHO technology company are partnering to explore how intermediaries can broker innovations and create the partnerships that drive Vietnam’s future socio-economic growth.
Innovation is change with purpose – it makes a positive contribution to human security, prosperity or wellbeing. Our activities build on the work of IDIA, DFAT’s InnovationXChange, and CSIRO’s Agriculture and Global Change, to deliver positive impact.
A breakthrough methodology to transform breast cancer diagnostic efficacy is being transferred from The University of Sydney to the National Health Strategy and Policy Institute (NHSPI)
Aus4Innovation is supporting a circular economy model to reduce waste from pig farming and create local products and commercial opportunities.
Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology and industry, with commercialisation training support from Aus4Innovation, are developing nanofertilizer technology to reduce chemical use in agriculture and increase resilience to changes in climate.
University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Vietnamese National University of Engineering and Technology (VNU-UET) are addressing water quality challenges for lobster farmers in Phu Yen and removing arsenic from water supplies in the Red River Delta.
Aus4Innovation is supporting Vietnam National University of Agriculture to create a new market for high yield and disease-free potato seeds
Aus4Innovation’s report into Vietnam’s Future Digital Economy identified seven megatrends – factors that are expected to drive the future socioeconomic development in the digital sector.
Can Tho University and local governments are monitoring water quality to reduce pollution for sustainable aquaculture in the Mekong Delta with the support of training and mentoring from Aus4Innovation’s Science Commercialization & Partnerships Team.
Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, supported by science commercialization training, is using biochar and biofilm forming microorganism as an environmentally friendly solution to treat oil polluted water and soil.
Together, Australia and Vietnam are strengthening our innovation systems through policy exchange and building a lasting partnership that will allow us to work together on the industries of the future. We have supported a study examining Vietnam’s Future Digital Economy and are supporting MoST’s development of Vietnam’s Science Technology and Innovation Strategy towards 2030.
Capacity Building –Aus4Innovation is mentoring researchers from universities and research institutes to help them effectively commercialise their technologies in agriculture and food sector.
Capacity Building – Training programs are building skills, experience and institutional knowledge for universities and research institutes.
Capacity Building – A delegation of senior Vietnamese researchers and leaders visited Australia in 2019 and learned about agriculture and food commercialisation capabilities and innovation hubs in Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne.
Better Tools and Data – CSIRO’s Data61, the leading data and digital specialist in Australia, and MOST developed a report that examines the trends affecting the development of Vietnam’s digital economy until 2045 and identifies four possible future scenarios for the country.
Better Tools and Data – Based on the Future Digital Economy report looking at global megatrends and Vietnam’s unique context, CSIRO’s Data61 and MOST identified four future scenarios for the digital economy in 2045.
Better Tools and Data – Aus4Innovation is supporting the National Agency for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation (NATEC) to develop scalable tools that promote science commercialisation, including a nation-wide database of research works and researchers; and a commercialization how-to guide that incorporates triple bottom line impacts.
Sustainable Models – Aus4Innovation is supporting clubs and clusters that connect researchers with industry and government stakeholders. For example, a regional innovation cluster to identify and implement innovation opportunities in Central Highland area.
Sustainable Models – Aus4Innovation is supporting a study to assess the impacts of technology creation and adoption efforts on productivity and GDP growth in Vietnam and develop models that can provide ongoing advice to policymakers.
Systemic Change – Aus4Innovation is contributing to Vietnam’s national Science Technology and Innovation strategy 2021-2030 with research findings by Australian institutes and lessons learned from Australia.
Together, Australia and Vietnam are using
our innovation relationship to grow partnerships, act with purpose,
and seed our futures with new possibilities.