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30 October 2015

12th EU-China Joint Steering Committee in Beijing

The 12th EU-China Joint Steering Committee on Science and Technology Cooperation took place in Beijing on 30 October 2015 under the co-chairmanship of the European Commission Director General for Research and Innovation Robert-Jan Smits and the Chinese Vice Minister for Science and Technology Cao Jianlin. The two sides reviewed past cooperation and discussed priority areas of mutual interest such as food, agriculture and biotechnology, sustainable urbanisation, environment and climate change, nuclear energy and renewable energy, SME cooperation, research infrastructures and exchange of young scientists. Substantial progress was made on the new EU-China Co-Funding Mechanism (CFM) for which Implementation Guidelines were agreed, and on reciprocal access to R&D funding programmes.

As of 2016, MOST will allocate annually to the CFM up to 200 million RMB - or 28 million euro - and provide competitive funding to China-based entities participating in joint projects with European partners under Horizon 2020. The CFM will be primarily used for Horizon 2020 topics targeting China (see China country page PDF icon) but will also be open to virtually all areas of Horizon 2020.

On 29 June DG Smits co-chaired with MOST the 4th Euratom-China Joint Steering Committee on Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy. The meeting endorsed the 'Three-Year Report 2011-2014' on the effectiveness of the RD-PUNE cooperation and discussed new bilateral fusion collaborative activities.

At the 2015 Research and Innovation Tour of China Beijing Event on 30 October, together with representatives from the EU Member States, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Beijing Municipal S&T Commission, the Director General addressed about 300 representatives of the European and Chinese research and innovation communities in China emphasising the new opportunities offered for EU-China STI cooperation by the Horizon 2020 Work Programmes 2016/2017.

7 September 2015

EU and China launch new Co-Funding Mechanism for research and innovation

Handshake between Wan Gang, Chinese Minister for Science and Technology , on the right and Carlos Moedas

Today's high level "Joint Conference in Promoting Excellence through Enhanced EU-China Researcher's Mobility and Cooperation" promoted a new Co-funding mechanism for research and innovation. The conference was attended by European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Mr. Carlos Moedas who is visiting China accompanied by Mr. Jean Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council, and Ms. Nuria Sebastian Galles, Vice President of the European Research Council.

The co-funding mechanism is established by the Ministry of Science and Technology on the Chinese side and the European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation on the EU side with funding resources on each side. To implement the co-funding mechanism (CFM) highlighted in the Joint Statement of the 17th EU-China Summit , building on Horizon 2020 on the EU side and relevant research and innovation programmes on the Chinese side, during the period from 2016 to 2020, the European Commission expects to continue spending over 100 million Euros per year for the benefit of Europe-based entities in joint projects under H2020 with Chinese participants. China will match corresponding resources and expects to spend 200 million RMB per year for the benefit of Chinese based entities that will participate in joint projects with European ones under Horizon 2020.

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29 June 2015

EU and China step up cooperation in research and innovation

Commissioner Carlos Moeadas
Mr. Wan Gang, Chinese Minister for Science and Technology and Mr. Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Chinese Minister for Science and Technology, Mr. Wan Gang, agreed to step up EU-China cooperation in the field of research and innovation at the 2nd EU-China Innovation Co-operation Dialogue that took place on 29 June in Brussels back-to-back with the 17th EU-China Summit.

Both sides agreed to work towards reciprocal access to their respective research and innovation funding programmes and decided to set up a new co-funding mechanism based on Horizon 2020 on the EU side and relevant research and innovation funding programmes on the Chinese side to support joint research and innovation projects. They will also continue the bold implementation of the flagship initiative on Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology by supporting joint projects in the areas of plant breeding, food safety, animal health, soil and water resources management, and urban agriculture, and jointly promote research and innovation cooperation on Sustainable Urbanisation.

EU and China also agreed to stimulate collaboration on frontier research through the signature at the of an implementing arrangement between the European Research Council and the Natural Science Foundation of China and to reinforce the long standing cooperation between the European Commission Joint Research Centre and the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, by signing a new collaborative research arrangement on remote sensing. Both agreements were signed at the EU-China Summit.

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Policy Dialogue

  • The Science and Technology Agreement, signed in December 1998, govern our S&T cooperation; renewed for another 5-year period at the EU-China Summit of 30 November 2009. It is under joint responsibility of RTD and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST). They meet annually (Joint Steering Committee on Science and Technology- JSCST).
  • The "China-EC Science & Technology Partnership Scheme" (CESTYS) with MoST, to achieve equal partnership in common priority areas (20 May 2009).
  • The Administrative Arrangement with the "National Natural Science Foundation of China" (NSFC) to launch research projects in specific research areas of common interest (26 March 2010).
  • The Joint Statement to implement research on new and renewable energy and innovation cooperation, encouraging in particular SME participation (08 December 2010).
  • The EU-China Joint Declaration on Innovation Cooperation Dialogue (20 September 2012) to create an official platform for exchanges and cooperation on innovation between both Sides.

The 9th JSCST (22 March 2011) endorsed the principle of creating specific EU-China task-forces to work together on topics of common concern. Each side can propose the creation of task forces on specific topics, taking into consideration common interest, mutual benefit, reciprocity, and expected impact. The 9th JSCST decided:

  • to create a task-force on "Food Agriculture and Biotechnologies" under the responsibility of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), and the "Biotechnologies, Agriculture, Food" RTD Directorate;
  • to support the on-going collaboration on non-nuclear energy research, particularly under the Joint Statement signed in December 2010.

The 10th JSCST (16 November 2012) concluded that Innovation is an inevitable choice for the development of China, and innovation cooperation is the joint demand between China and EU to promote the effective development of technology innovative solutions to major societal challenges of common interest. Under this mechanism, the two sides will discuss innovation strategies, jointly encourage and support cooperation on research and innovation activities, and fully mobilize industry, universities and research institutes, so as to complement mutual strengths and deliver win-win results on human resources, technology, research infrastructures, exploitation of research findings, and framework conditions for innovation. The 1st China-EU Innovation Cooperation Dialogue would be held in Beijing, back to back with the 16th China-EU Summit.

European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM): "Agreement between Euratom and P.R.China for R&D Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy" (R&D-PUNE Agreement), signed on 24 April 2008 and entered into force on 11 August 2008. It is implemented by an ad hoc Steering committee co-chaired by the Commission representing EURATOM and by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST). The 2d Meeting of the Agreement held in November 2012 registered progress in cooperation on fission, fusion, security and safeguards and safety and agreed on further actions to support joint collaboration in science and technology.

Strategic Forum International Cooperation (SFIC) adopted a set of thematic priorities for EU-China Research and Innovation cooperation:

  • Renewable energy, energy efficiency and green technology;
  • Urbanisation, dislocation and smart cities;
  • Health, public health and welfare policies - life sciences;
  • Information and telecommunication technologies;
  • Better framework conditions for innovation.

DG RTD is also actively involved in dialogues leaded by other DGs related to Research and Innovation, such as:




Thanks to our bilateral cooperation, several initiatives are dedicated to the enhancement of R&D cooperation between the EU and China. In particular, three projects are demonstrating huge potentialities for organising broad information and dissemination activities and campaigns such info days, publications and electronic newsletters and increasing the awareness and dissemination in the EU of access opportunities for European researchers and research organisations in Chinese national research and innovation programmes:

  • Bilateral support for the international linkage with China (Dragon Star)
    aims at raising the EU's science and technology profile in China by a series of promotional activities to disseminate the EU s research policies and actions among Chinese scientists and research institutions. A strategic partnership between EU countries and China is promoted through collaboration schemes and identification of new activities. Dragon Star identifies and demonstrates mutual interest and benefit in the cooperation between the EU and China sharing best practices via workshops and presenting the state of the art and the prospects for cooperation in particular fields.
  • Supporting the EU access to Chinese research & innovation programmes (CHINAACCESS4EU)
    aims at increasing the awareness and dissemination in the Member States and Associated Countries of access opportunities for European researchers and research organisations in Chinese national research and/or innovation programmes. The overriding purpose of the proposed project is to help develop the reciprocity aspect of the EU-China Science and Technology agreement by identifying the Chinese programmes open to EU researchers and promote their participation, and to provide outputs useful in the context of the Joint Committee meetings of the EU-China Science and Technology agreement
  • Immunocan (INCO LAB)
    is a European Commission Subsidized International Scientific Cooperation Program, with Chinese and European Academic Laboratories. It aims at increasing the translational medical research cooperation between European countries and China, and more particularly at conducting research to identify immunological characteristics in Chinese cancer patients as medical biomarkers for the personalized prognosis of patients. It aims also at enhancing the research capacity and the technological transfer to the joint institute by providing adequate human resources and equipment to conduct beyond the state-of-the-art oncology research and promoting a reference Euro-Asian centre on Chinese cancer prognosis by spreading the knowledge and by raising awareness in China and European Union

Chinese funding agencies or government representatives expressed interest in the following projects of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap: SLHC (upgrade of the large Hadron Collider), SPIRAL2 (facility for the production and study of rare isotope radioactive beams), ELI (Extreme Light intensity short pulse laser) and HiPER (High Power long pulse laser for "fast-ignition" fusion). Additionally, China is a stakeholder in the FAIR facility (nuclear physics) and in the X-FEL free electron laser at DESY (Hamburg, DE).



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Diego Sammaritano
Policy Officer
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