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16 February 2018

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.

29 January 2018

New Guide for EU stakeholders on Chinese national STI funding programmes

Access to R&D funding programmes is a fundamental framework condition for innovation. China is currently undergoing an ambitious reform of its national funding system for science, technology and innovation (STI) as well as its institutional setup. As part of the EU-funded project Advance EU Access to Financial Incentives for Innovation in China a new Guide for EU stakeholders on Chinese national STI funding programmes has been published. The Guide provides an overview of the current status and opportunities provided by newly-reformed Chinese national funding programmes for science, technology and innovation. The project has been initiated by the European Commission as part of a monitoring of the EU-China Joint Roadmap on Ensuring Reciprocal Access to Respective Research and Innovation Funding.

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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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