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Dragon-Star project is funded by FP7, aiming to support the Chinese participation in Horizon 2020, the reciprocity originating from the signed EU-China Scientific Cooperation Agreement, the bilateral cooperation in scientific, technological and industrial research and innovation fields, and the ongoing EU - China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue.


Newly Published Calls

Sino-German Joint Funding Programme “Biomedical and Translational Medicine Studies Based on Stem Cells/Reprogrammed Cells”


The National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) announce a joint funding programme with the topic “Biomedical and Translational Medicine Studies Based on Stem Cells/Reprogrammed Cells”.

Long term developments as well as recent advances in the field have demonstrated the potential that lies within stem cell research and highlighted the ongoing demand for coordinated research funding. The joint call creates a forum of Sino-German collaborative projects to address basic mechanisms and translational aspects of embryonic and adult stem cells.

The deadline for application is May 9th, 2014

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PROCORE - France / Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme

The Research Grants Council (RGC) and the Consulate General of France (CGF) in Hong Kong invite applications for the PROCORE-France/Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme 2014/15 exercise. Launched in 1998, the Scheme aims to promote research collaboration between Hong Kong and France by providing researchers in the two places with one-year and two-year travel grants. The Scheme also offers two conference/workshop grants to sponsor a conference/workshop each in Hong Kong and in France.

As in the 2012/13 exercise, the Hong Kong Principal Investigators could use the RGC grants to support justified research visits of research postgraduate students to partner institutions, in order to enhance the students' training and opportunities for overseas experience.

The budget for the Hong Kong applicants in the 2014/15 exercise is HK$1.02 million (around €102,000), of which HK$150,000 (around€15,000) is earmarked for one conference/workshop to be held in Hong Kong.

The grant size for the travel grants is HK$45,000 (around €4,500) per year for projects involving travel of research postgraduate student(s) and HK$31,250 (around €3,125) per year for projects not involving students' travel. Additional funding support from Hong Kong and French institutions/companies to individual grant recipient is most welcome.

The deadline for application is May 19th, 2014

    More info:
HK applicants: http://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/rgc/fund/fr_hk_jrs.htm
French applicants: http://www.campusfrance.org/fr/procore
UK – UK-China Stem Cell Partnership Initiative, NSFC-MRC joint call

The MRC and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) invite proposals to the UK-China Stem Cell Partnership Initiative from high quality research teams based in the UK and China.

The initiative will provide funding for collaborative research projects, focussed on basic and preclinical research of relevance to the longer term development of stem cell based therapies for human disease and disorders. This scheme is launched following the success of the UK-China Stem Cell Partnership Development Initiative, which funded nine pilot awards in 2012 (www.mrc.ac.uk/Fundingopportunities/Calls/UK-China_Stemcell/MRC008437).

This second phase of the partnership initiative aims to provide additional and substantive support for joint Chinese and UK working in the area of stem cell research. The objective is to deliver significant 3-year research funding for internationally competitive and innovative collaborative projects between scientists from China and the UK that will allow the pursuit of shared research interests.

MRC will provide funding for the UK applicants under standard arrangements and at 80% fEC. Up to £2 million is available from MRC, which it is anticipated will provide funding for up to five research projects, subject to quality. NSFC will provide funding for the Chinese applicants; up to 3 million RMB is available for each successful award under this initiative.

The submission deadline is 7th May, 2014.

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Getting Involved
    Generally speaking, the applicant will be required to fill in a standard application form designated by the national agency managing the programme, and submit it with the required documents to the secretariat of the national agency or a host organization of the funding programme.    
Sino-German Joint Funding Programme „Biomedical and Translational Medicine Studies Based on Stem Cells/Reprogrammed Cells”

1. Joint proposals must be submitted to NSFC and DFG (in English) by 9th May 2014 with the keyword “Stem Cell Biology – Joint Sino-German Call”.
2. Each application shall include at least the following appendices (in English):

  • Joint application form
  • Joint abstract (no more than one page in length)
  • Joint research plan (no more than 15 pages), which shall also include
    • A description of the added value to be expected from the collaboration
    • A clear description of the planned research collaboration with responsibilities of both partners
    • A description of the basis of the Chinese-German collaboration
    • A justification for requested costs shall be stated in the research plan
  • Curriculum vitae of the Chinese and German project leaders including a max. total of five top publications per CV
  • A combined list of a max. total of nine project relevant publications of both partners

Tobias Grimm, Tobias.Grimm@dfg.de

PROCORE - France / Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme

Parallel submissions of applications by the Hong Kong and the French applicants are required: Hong Kong applicants should submit their applications to the RGC through the Research Offices of respective institutions. Direct submission of applications to the RGC will not be accepted; and French applicants should submit their applications directly to the CGF.

It is the obligation of both the Hong Kong and French applicants to ensure that their applications contain sufficient and consistent information for evaluation. The RGC will not seek or accept supplementary information / revision after the application deadline.

The CGF would verify the applications upon receipt of the Hong Kong applications from the RGC.

Applications containing inconsistent information may lead to disqualification.

Applications will be disqualified if the proposals are found to have exceeded the allowable page limits or excessive attachments.

For more details and a list of contact please refer to:
HK applicants: http://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/rgc/fund/fr_hk_jrs.htm
French applicants: http://www.campusfrance.org/fr/procore

UK – UK-China Stem Cell Partnership Initiative, NSFC-MRC joint call

The UK and Chinese applicants should apply separately to their respective funding agencies for the funding component requested within each country, based around a common scientific plan. Both partners must therefore submit an identical joint Case for Support written in English. Failure to submit a valid application to both sponsors, unless exceptionally approved and agreed between the sponsors, will invalidate both submissions.

Applications from the UK Principal Investigator should be submitted to the UK Research Councils’ Joint electronic Submission (Je-S) System (https://je-s.rcuk.ac.uk/). Guidance on setting up a Je-S account and on filling out the Je-S forms can be found at:

Alex Harris
Email: alex.harris@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk

Dr Paul Colville-Nash
Email: paul.colville-nash@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk

Li Wencong
Email: liwc@nsfc.gov.cn

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