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9 January 2015

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) launches CAS-EU Partner Programme to match Horizon 2020

The Chinese Academy of Sciences has announced the launch of a special CAS-EU Partner Programme with the aim to strengthen the strategic S&T cooperation between the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the EU in the frame of the EU's Research and Innovation Framework Programme Horizon 2020. CAS institutes and other CAS entities that are part of an already successfully approved Horizon 2020 project can apply to obtain financial support for their work in the Horizon 2020 project. The deadline for applying to the Partner Programme is 02 March 2015.

More information can be found at the CAS website

14 October 2014

New study on "Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Performance of China" presented in Beijing

On 14 October, the EU Delegation Beijing hosted a workshop which was organised in collaboration with Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI). The workshop aimed at presenting and discussing the results of the European Commission funded study "Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Performance of China" PDF icon to a targeted group of European and Chinese stakeholders.

The study was carried out by Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI), The United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Centre on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) and the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), with the support of Tsinghua University and Renmin University of China. It assessed the evolution of the STI performance of China and analysed its impact on the productivity and competitiveness of China as well as on global and EU markets.

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1 September 2014

New publications to facilitate Europe China Research and Innovation collaboration are available online now: Practical Guide on Horizon 2020 and Funding Guide for Mobility!

The EU Delegation to China and EURAXESS Links China have published a series of brochures providing useful hands-on information how to deepen EU China cooperation in research and innovation - either through participating in the Framework Programme Horizon 2020 or through mobility schemes of the EU Member States, the European Union and China.

  • The Horizon 2020 - Practical Guide for China is available in English and in Chinese languages and tries to answer the most pertinent questions of how to participate in Horizon 2020 - the EU's 80 billion EUR Framework Programme for Research and Innovation which is fully open to the world.
  • The Funding Guide on Researchers Mobility PDF icon introduces the latest funding schemes that exist to support mobility, research collaboration, research exchange and relations between Europe and China.
  • Finally, to provide a Testimony of Excellence, a third joint publication between the EU Member States, Associated Countries and the European Union on their R&I cooperation with China has been released in order to illustrate the richness of Europe's ties with China in research and innovation.

A better knowledge and understanding of the European policies and instruments for international research and innovation collaboration with China will contribute to the widening of existing cooperation and to the development of new synergies between Europe and China.

12 June 2014

The 11th EU-China Joint Steering Committee on Science and Technology

Photo from the meeting The 11th EU-China Joint Steering Committee on Science and Technology

On 12 June 2014 Director General for Research and Innovation Mr Robert-Jan Smits co-chaired with Chinese Vice-Minister for Science and Technology Mr Cao Jianlin the 11th EU-China Joint Steering Committee meeting on Science and Technology (JSCM). The meeting provided the occasion for a comprehensive policy dialogue covering the whole spectrum of science, technology and innovation cooperation between the EU and China and saw the participation of representatives from Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chinese Mission to the EU, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, the Natural Sciences Foundation of China, and National Remote Sensing Centre on the Chinese side, and from the European Commission Directorates General for Research and Innovation, Energy, Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Agriculture and Rural Development, Enterprise and Industry, Education and Culture, Joint Research Centre, and European Research Council, on the European side. Substantial progress was made to enhance EU-China cooperation in a number of areas such as Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology, Sustainable Urbanisation including Energy, Transport, Environment and ICT, Aviation, Fusion and Fission research, and Space Technology and Earth Observation.

26 May 2014

European Commission participation at 3rd Annual Meeting of The Global Research Council

Photo from the meeting 3rd Annual Meeting of The Global Research Council, Beijing China

The 3rd Annual Meeting of the Global Research Council was held May 26-28, 2014 in Beijing, China. The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) were the host organizations. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) were the co-host organization. More than 110 delegates of about 70 funding agencies and scientific organizations from over 40 countries attended the event. The topics for discussion included Open Access for Publications and “Shaping the Future: Supporting the Next Generation of Researchers”, on which a Statement of principles was issued.

ERC President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, and Leonidas Karapiperis, on behalf of Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General of DG Research & Innovation, were invited participants from the European Commission (here shown on the photograph, 5th and 4th from the left).

18 January 2014

Horizon 2020 launched - What's in it for China?

In December 2013, the European Commission published the new Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Calls for proposals worth more than €15 billion are now open with deadlines in 2014 and 2015. Horizon 2020 is fully open to international participation in all fields and areas. Chinese researchers, enterprises and institutions will be able to team up with their European partners to participate in projects under Horizon 2020 and make best use of Europe’s excellent opportunities in research and innovation. In addition, a number of specific calls are targeting cooperation with China, notably in the areas of Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology, Energy, Water, Information and Communications Technologies, Nanotechnology, Space and Polar research. More information on the Horizon 2020 web site page on China. In addition Chinese experts can apply to join the Horizon 2020 database of peer reviewers.
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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).



Framework documents

Background documents

  • Joint Declaration on the EU-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue
    English  PDF icon 258 KB | Chinese  PDF icon 226 KB


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