Further to the political agreement reached at the 2nd EU-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue and the Summit of 29 June and the conclusions of the EU-China Joint Steering Committee on S&T Cooperation of 30 October, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has published its first call for proposals under the EU-China Co-Funding Mechanism (CFM) for Research and Innovation.
The CFM is intended to support mainland China-based research and innovation organisations participating in Horizon 2020 projects. This first call covers a variety of thematic areas including food, agriculture, biotechnology, information and communication technology, space, aviation, energy, health, transportation, water resources, energy conservation, advanced manufacturing, new materials, sustainable urbanization, and exchanges of young scientists.
Two deadlines are foreseen for 2016: 31 March and 31 July 2016. The total budget is 200 million RMB or 28 million euro for 2016. Please check the call for eligibility and other information.
The EU-China CFM is the last of a series of support schemes put in place by EU international partner countries to enable a stronger and more balanced collaboration between their universities, research institutes and enterprises with European ones under Horizon 2020. Within the Horizon 2020 work programme for 2016/17 published in October 2015 a number of topics specifically encourage cooperation with China (see list here).
We would appreciate if you could inform your stakeholders of this development.
The DG RTD International Cooperation team
More information on the EU-China Co-funding Mechanism
More information on support available for participation in Horizon 2020 from other international partners of the EU
Policy Officer – R&I Cooperation with China
DG Research & Innovation
Unit C1 – Policy Coordination, EFTA and Enlargement countries, Russia, Asia and Pacific