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Aus4Innovation – which is delivered collaboratively by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO – is building partnerships between Australian and Vietnamese universities, research agencies, high-tech businesses, and policymakers.

Australia Enhances Investment in Innovation to Vietnam
The Australian Government’scommitment to its knowledge and innovation collaboration with Vietnam has been strengthened with an additional contribution of AUD 3.5 million to Aus4Innovation (2018-22) – its flagship investment under the Australia-Vietnam Innovation Partnership. This additional funding has increased the total investment in Aus4Innovation to AUD 13.45 million, helping the program scale up successful program activitiesenabling initiatives to adapt the Program to the context of economic recovery from COVID-19 and positioning Aus4Innovation for thesecond phase that will extend the collaboration to 2025. 
Speaking at a bilateral meetingwith Vietnam’s Minister for Science and Technology, H.E. Ms Robyn Mudie, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, said: “Four years since itsestablishment, I’m delighted that the Innovation Partnership between Australia and Vietnam, through the Aus4Innovation Program, has delivered tangible, significant resultsthat are having substantial positive impacts on the lives of Vietnamese people. Our collaborative achievements with MOST and partners from both countries are being realised thanks to an embrace of emerging technology and scientific knowledge. Our decision to increase support for Innovation by AUD 3.5 million reaffirms Australia’s commitment to our strategicpartnership with Vietnam, in which Knowledge and Innovation is one of the three priorities.”
Aus4Innovation – which is delivered collaboratively by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO – is building partnerships between Australian and Vietnamese universities, research agencies, high-tech businesses, and policymakers to help strengthen Vietnam’s innovation ecosystem to deliver sustainable socio-economic development.
Over the first 2.5 years, Aus4Innovation has explored emerging areas of technology and digital transformation, trialled new models for partnerships between public and private sector institutions, and strengthened Vietnamese capability in digital foresight, scenario planning, science commercialisation, and innovation policy. 
“It is very reassuring to know that in this critical time,facingthe severe pandemic worldwide and pressure to accelerate digital transformation to meet the goals set by the Government, we have a trusted partner like Australia. Our collaboration is based on strategic trust in the role of science, technology and innovation to drive sustained socio-economic development; and in the mutual benefit that partnership brings to both countries. We highly appreciate the support of the Australian Government through Aus4Innovation Program and are pleased to see what the Program has achieved and impacted to Vietnam’s innovation ecosystem. We will continue to work closely for a successful transition period and look forward to more widespread impacts in Phase 2.” H.E. Mr Huynh ThanhDat, Minister of Science and Technology added.
Since the program’s formal commencement in 2018, impactful results have been delivered across all program activities. Some highlights include:
• 130 organisations from both Australia and Vietnamhave been brought together in 43 partnerships. These organisations are government agencies, research institutes, universities and businesses –all key stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem. 
• Practical, innovative solutions delivering development impacts have been applied in different sectors of the economy –health, aquaculture, clean and safe water, smart urban infrastructure, and more.
• Overall capacity in science commercialisation has been significantly enhanced through training for knowledge institutes and individual researchers, opening of technology transfer offices across the countryand piloting of science commercialisation models to find the most suitable model for Vietnam. A remarkable result of this effort is the CommercialisationPlus – How to Guide, co-developed with Vietnamese partners to introduce a structured commercialisation process to Vietnamese research institutes.  
• Reports and econometric models have been conducted to providepolicy makers in Vietnam with technical support and introduce lessons learned from Australia.

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