International Cooperation


16 October 2018

ENRICH in China - Matchmaking Tour


ENRICH in China, the China office of the EU-funded European Network of Research and Innovation Centres and Hubs, is organising its next 'Matchmaking Tour' of the country from 11 to 16 November 2018, giving organisations from the EU and Associated Countries the chance to explore business and research opportunities in three of China's most dynamic cities: Suzhou, Wuxi and Shenzhen.

The Matchmaking Tours are open to organisations from EU Member States and Associated Countries with an interest in starting or deepening STI cooperation with China, including start-ups and SMEs, universities, research institutes and STI agencies. These tours offer contact-making opportunities with key Chinese tech-based organisations, visits to leading Chinese Innovators and Soft Landing Zones, as well as free access to the China Hi-Tech Fair in Shenzhen.

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21 August 2018

Registration open for Matchmaking and Innovation Tour to China in September 2018

In the framework of ENRICH in China, a Matchmaking and Innovation Tour to China will be held between 13 to 21 September 2018 in the cities of Tianjin, Beijing and Chengdu.

This mission offers a unique opportunity for European researchers and innovators to establish links with key Chinese tech-based companies.

The Matchmaking and Innovation Tour will begin in Tianjin on 13 September with the B&R International Co-incubation (ICI) Annual Meeting 2018. It will continue to Beijing on 17-18 September, where participants will have the opportunity to visit several certified Soft Landing Zones. On 19-21 September, the delegation will move to Chengdu, where participants will be able to attend the 13th EU-China Business and Technology Cooperation Fair (one of the largest EU-China Trade, Investment and Technology conferences).

Participation is open to organisations (startups, SMEs, business associations, clusters, research institutes, universities, science parks, incubators, accelerators and funding agencies) in the EU Member States and Associated Countries who are interested in initiating or deepening their cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation with China.

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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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Background documents

EU-China Co-Funding Mechanism


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