International Cooperation



13 December 2019

Preparing the joint EU-China roadmap for R&I cooperation

DG RTD Director for International Cooperation, Maria Cristina Russo, and Deputy Director General Zhao from the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, International Department

Director of International Cooperation, Maria Cristina Russo, and Deputy Director General Zhao from the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, International Department to discuss the way forward for the preparation of the joint EU-China roadmap for R&I cooperation.

Discussion were held on how to reach a level playing field in R&I cooperation between China and the EU. Exchanges also included the importance of climate change, and SDGs in general in the bilateral cooperation, and how the Roadmap could serve as a support to the Green Deal.

14 May 2019

First call for proposals published for 2019 under the EU-China Co-Funding Mechanism for Research and Innovation

On 23 April 2019, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) published the first call for proposals for year 2019 under the EU-China Co-funding Mechanism for Research and Innovation (CFM), as part of the "Key Project on Intergovernmental International Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Cooperation/STI Cooperation with Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan" of China's National Key R&D Programme (NKP).

The call seeks applications by China-based full participants in Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018 or 2019 proposals addressing nine broad priority areas as well as the flagship initiative on food, agriculture and biotechnology. CNY60 million will be allocated to support around 20 projects for the nine priority areas, while CNY40 million will be allocated to support 2 to 3 projects for the flagship initiative on food, agriculture and biotechnology. Applications will be submitted in two stages including pre-applications and full applications. The deadline for submission of pre-applications is 12 June 2019. Please visit the MOST website for details of the application guidelines.

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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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