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Chinese research and development (R&D) are rapidly changing and pushing China towards a leading position as to the rest of the global system and also as to knowledge production enabling at the same time investments’ growth in the R&D sector.
The first Cooperation Agreement between the European Commission and China was signed in 1998 and since then cooperation between the two countries has been/kept on growing very dynamically, as showed/shown by Chinese increased activity participation in research projects funded within the scope of FP5, FP6 and FP7.


On September 2012 in occasion of the ‘15th EU-China Summit, Towards a stronger Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ it was signed a Joint Declaration to bring EU-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue to a higher level. It was recognized/acknowledged a new process that reaffirmed the importance in research activities of ideas exchange, good practices and new potential strategies to encourage both innovation and cooperation to either side/on both sides. In the EU, the European Commission, the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation fosters the Dialogue implementing all main services of the Union. In China, instead, the Dialogue is steered by the Ministry for Science and Technology (MoST) that will count on the support given by other Chinese governmental bodies.  

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Taking into consideration the political, economic and social significance of China as a leading power and its rapidly increasing role, the new China BILAT plans to support EU-China cooperation at different levels. In fact, despite strong impulse toward cooperation, much still needs to be done in terms of reciprocity and bilateral cooperation.



In particular, Dragon-STAR intends to:

  • Support reciprocity, which originates from the Scientific Cooperation Agreement signed by EU and China, also through the publication of studies and reports;
  • Stimulate Bilateral Cooperation within the scope of Innovation and in particular, technology [tailored solutions] for [a diverse range of] industrial sectors

European Researchers Opportunities

It shall be encouraged and endorsed participation of European experts/scholars in research and innovation programmes to support EU-China reciprocity [originating from the signed EU-China Scientific Cooperation Agreement and other bilateral initiatives].

In mainland China there are several regional agencies funding scientific and technological research. The largest are: Beijing Municipal Commission of Science and Technology (BMCST), Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality (STCSM) and the Guangdong Provincial Department of Science & Technology (GPDST).


The main programmes open to European Researchers include the following: BMCST - Beijing S&T International Cooperation Programme; STCSM - Shanghai S&T International Cooperation Programme; GPDST - Guangdong S&T International Cooperation Programme.


By clicking the following link you may look at some of the programmes – mainly coordinated by the Ministry of Science and Technology (Most) both at national and regional/municipal level LINK




Moreover, DragonSTAR provides European and Chinese researchers with an informative service about the most relevant initiatives; Help Desks will be set up in more than 10 different regions of People’s Republic of China to support NPCs (National Contact Points). As project partner APRE will disseminate at best all initiatives related to Dragon-STAR and to Chinese programmes opened to Cooperation with Europe, in order to facilitate also Partners participation. 


In addition, efforts will be made to sustain European enterprises that want to invest in China providing them with useful contacts, information about the national legislation in force and twinning with local enterprises. Dragon-STAR activities follow-up the new INCO strategy in within the project was integrated and therefore, are to be considered bridging tools towards Horizon 2020.


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