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Dragon-Star Plus will provide the EC and the Member States with tools for setting a long term cooperation strategy with China in research and innovation. The proposed activities take into account the current on-going policy dialogue and the peculiarities of the research and innovation environment in China, and are based upon the outputs and the established mechanism of the previous DRAGON-STAR project.


Newly Published Calls

NSFC-RS Joint Research Programme


NSFC has signed the cooperation agreement with RS in order to promote collaborative research programme among the scientists. The programme is intended to stimulate new collaborations between Chinese scientist and UK. It is not intended to support continued research between a UK applicant and co-applicant who was a former colleague or PhD student or to support other existing or recent collaborations between the applicant and co-applicant. The field of cooperation is not limited. Chinese applicants funding for each project will not exceed 100,000 RMB. For UK applicants, funding will not exceed 6,000 pounds.

The deadline for application is October 10th, 2016

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NSFC-NWO-RCUK Joint Research Programme

NSFC has signed the cooperation agreement with NWO and RCUK in order to promote collaborative research among the scientists. The fields of joint cooperation pregame focus on sustainable deltas. The fund of each project from Chinese applocations should not exceed 300 million RMB.

The deadline for application is October 25th, 2016


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General Research Fund (GRF)

The RGC's main objective is to fund as many worthy projects as possible across a broad front within the funds available. Nevertheless, projects of exceptional merit will be funded more fully than other projects. Applications for research project grants are assessed by the relevant subject panel assisted by a number of external experts from all over the world. The RGC currently has a database of more than 16,000 experts whose services may be called upon to assess applications for research project grants.

The deadline for application is November 18th, 2016

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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.    
NSFC-RS Joint Research Programme
NSFC-NWO-RCUK Joint Research Programme

1. All applications must be trilateral, including Chinese, Dutch and UK.
2. Chinese applicants will be expected to submit through NSFC’s system with their associated costs.
3. Dutch and UK applicants must follow the requirements seperately from NWO and RCUK.
4. For more information, please refer to here.

Chinese contact:
Wencong Li
E-mail: liwc@nsfc.gov.cn

The Netherlands contact:
Bernard Westerop
E-mail: alwsustdeltas@nwo.nl

UK contact:
Ruqaiyah Patel
E-mail: ruqaiyah.patel@epsrc.ac.uk

General Research Fund (GRF)

1. Applicants are required to provide a one-page Gantt chart to illustrate the implementation of the research activities.
2. Applicants for research involving clinical trials are allowed to obtain relevant ethics approval before the release of funding and project commencement.
3. To download the current forms, etc. please click here
4. For more information, please refer to here


Alice Sham

    Forthcoming Events    

2016 3rd International Conference on Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering (ICMME 2016),
21-23 October 2016, Shanghai, China


This conference provides opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas and application experiences face to face, to establish business or research relations and to find global partners for future collaboration. Submitted conference papers will be reviewed by technical committees of the Conference.

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1st IInternational conference on Advancements through sustainable research in Social Sciences, Humanities and Management Studies (ASRSHM-OCT-2016),
523-24 October, 2016, Beijing, China


The Social Sciences Association is an interdisciplinary group of scholars that shares interests in social life and theory and social-scientific methodologies in this modern world. SSA might be best seen as an alliance of distinguished scholarly communities. The fundamental intellectual work ranges from everyday life to corporate field in the technological world having rapid innovation changes.

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2016 International Conference on Biomaterials, Nanomaterials and Composite Materials (CBNCM 2016),
4-6 November 2016, Chengdu, China


The conference is an international forum for the presentation of technological advances and research results in the fields of Biomaterials, Nanomaterials and Composite Materials. The conference will bring together leading researchers, engineers and scientists in the domain of interest from around the world.

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