New call published for 2018 under the EU-China Co-Funding Mechanism for Research and Innovation
On 26 March 2018 the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) published a new call for proposals under the EU-China Co-funding Mechanism for Research and Innovation (CFM). The call seeks applications by China-based partners in Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018 proposals. Two groups of Horizon 2020 topics are specifically targeted: 1) topics linked to the joint flagship initiatives on food, agriculture and biotechnologies (FAB), sustainable urbanisation and surface transport, for which 4-5 projects are expected to be funded for a total budget of CNY60 million; and 2) topics addressing nine broad areas of new generation information network; intelligent and green manufacturing; safe, clean and efficient energy; advanced, effective, safe and convenient health technologies; marine equipment; space; new materials; large research infrastructures; and public security. For this second group of topics around 15 projects are expected to be funded for a total budget of CNY50 million. Applications are to be submitted in two stages. The deadline for submission of pre-applications is 15 May 2018.
In the context of two other EU-China flagship initiatives on biotechnologies for health and environment and aviation, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) already published their respective calls on "new biotechnologies for environmental remediation" and "aviation operations impact on climate change". With these three calls, the five EU-China flagship initiatives are now all supported on the Chinese side with co-funding available from MOST, NSFC and MIIT.
JPI Urban Europe launches joint call with NSFC on sustainable urbanisation
The pilot call Sustainable and Liveable Cities and Urban Areas organized by JPI Urban Europe and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), inviting interdisciplinary Sino-European consortia is now open. Sustainable urbanisation is one of the key priority areas for EU-China research and innovation cooperation. In answer to the global urbanisation challenge, NSFC and JPI Urban Europe have agreed to a long-term cooperation under the strategic theme Sustainable Urbanisation in the Context of Economic Transformation and Climate Change. The pilot call is a joint initiative of nine European funding agencies participating in JPI Urban Europe and NSFC in China. The call addresses three thematic areas: a) Reduce the adverse environmental impact of cities, paying special attention to the quality of air, water and soil, and municipal and other waste management; b) Access to safe, affordable, and sustainable housing, transportation and basic services; and c) Integrated policies towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change and resilience to disasters.
EU-China scientific cooperation is governed by a Science & Technology Cooperation Agreement signed in December 1998 and renewed for the third time in December 2014. The implementation of the Agreement is overseen by a Joint Steering Committee which last met 29 March 2017 in Brussels.
The importance of China as a key partner country has been confirmed by the Commission decision to set up a dedicated High Level Innovation Cooperation Dialogue (ICD) through a joint declaration signed in September 2012 by Commissioner Geoghegan Quinn and Chinese Minister WAN Gang. The ICD has the ambition of raising the level and intensity of research and innovation relations with China by providing a forum for discussion respective innovation policies and systems, addressing framework conditions and launching new joint R&I initiatives.
In addition an Agreement between the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) and the Government of the People's Republic of China for R&D Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy (RD-PUNE) is in place since August 2008. China and Euratom are participating in an inter-governmental multilateral agreement on fission-related research, are partners of the ITER multilateral cooperation project on fusion research and participate, within the Generation IV international Forum, in the research and development activities of the Sodium Fast Reactor and the Very-High Temperature Reactor.
The 19th EU-China Summit that took place on 2 June 2017 in Brussels provided the opportunity for EU and China leaders to reaffirm the importance of cooperation in the area of research and innovation as a driver for economic and social development and a key element of EU-China relations. Two research and innovation related documents were signed at the Summit notably: i) a Joint Statement on flagship initiatives and co-funding mechanisms, ii) a Framework Research Arrangement between the European Commission Joint Research Centre and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
At the 3rd EU-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue organised in the margins of the Summit and co-chaired by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Wan Gang, China's Minister of Science and Technology, the European Union and China have agreed to boost their cooperation with a new package of flagship initiatives targeting the areas of food, agriculture and biotechnologies, environment and sustainable urbanisation, surface transport, safer and greener aviation, and biotechnologies for environment and human health. These initiatives will translate into a number of topics for cooperation with China under Horizon 2020, the EU's funding programme for research and innovation.
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