The following guide, written by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, lists international S&T cooperation projects that Chinese companies and research institutes can apply for participation in. Participating firms and institutes receive funding from the PRC government. The projects involve a wide range of countries and international organizations and cover a vast array of different technologies.
The Chinese source text is available online at: https://www.research.pku.edu.cn/docs/2020-07/20200709163344083237.pdf
An archived version of the Chinese source text is available online at: https://perma.cc/C68Z-LL9D
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Application Guide for the First Batch of Projects in 2021 under the “Intergovernmental International Cooperation on Science and Technology Innovation” Key Special Project
(Draft for Feedback)
The world today is in the midst of great changes not seen in a century. As a new round of scientific and technological revolution and industrial transformation unfolds on a global scale, and at an accelerating pace, the world must not only share the opportunities brought by the deepening globalization of science and technology (S&T), but must also come together to address the challenges of global change, food security, energy and resource shortages, population health, environmental pollution, and a series of other global issues. The Chinese government upholds the concept of mutual benefit and win-win outcomes, and carries out cooperation on S&T innovation with relevant countries, regions, international organizations, and multilateral mechanisms through such means as supporting intergovernmental S&T cooperation projects, carrying out co-funded joint research and development (R&D), promoting exchanges of S&T personnel and collaborative demonstrations, encouraging participation in large international scientific projects (programs), and encouraging open sharing of large-scale scientific research infrastructure, in order to jointly solve global problems, promote economic and social development, and make due contributions to building a community of common destiny for humanity.
In accordance with the requirements of bilateral (multilateral) intergovernmental arrangements (agreements) on S&T cooperation between China and foreign countries, and the allocation of tasks for implementing the diplomatic commitments of the head of state, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), together with relevant departments, has followed the project formation mechanism of the National Key R&D Program of China to prepare and formulate application guidelines for the first batch of projects in 2021 of the Intergovernmental International Cooperation on Science and Technology Innovation Special Project of the National Key R&D Program.
I. Overall Objectives
In 2021, this Special Project will continue to support various international S&T innovation cooperation and exchange projects carried out under the frameworks of relevant intergovernmental agreements between China and relevant countries, regions, international organizations, and multilateral mechanisms, with project tasks involving S&T and engineering issues of common concern at the intergovernmental S&T cooperation level, as well as issues related to addressing major global challenges through cooperation on S&T innovation. To address the major issues and common challenges of intergovernmental concern, we shall actively strengthen S&T innovation cooperation with major developed and developing countries, and dedicate ourselves to jointly promoting the resolution of relevant issues. Putting S&T innovation exchanges and cooperation foremost, we will promote enhanced capacity building centered around connectivity and other areas of S&T for the people’s livelihoods, and promote synergistic development with neighboring countries, and with other developing countries. We will actively participate in intergovernmental international S&T organizations and promote multilateral scientific research and technical cooperation in innovative fields. China’s participation in large international scientific projects (programs) will be promoted, and efforts to promote open sharing of large-scale research infrastructure at home and abroad will be accelerated. In view of the requirements of national diplomatic work and the positioning of this Special Project, the Special Project’s 2021 guidelines support the bilateral and multilateral intergovernmental S&T cooperation agreements signed in 2020, as well as major diplomatic commitments made recently by China.
II. Research Fields and Directions
As agreed in consultation with relevant partners, for the first batch of projects in 2021, 29 guideline directions will be established to support S&T cooperation with 19 countries, regions, international organizations, and multilateral cooperation mechanisms, with around 266 project tasks, and an estimated total budget of 820 million Chinese yuan Renminbi (RMB) in state funding. The implementation period of projects will generally be 2-3 years. Specific requirements are as follows.
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