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 has published the first call for proposals under the EU-China Co-Funding Mechanisms (CFM) for Research and Innovation.
With a budget of 200 million RMB or 28 million euro for 2016 the Co-funding Mechanism will support mainland China-based research and innovation organisations participating in joint EU-China projects under Horizon 2020. Two deadlines are foreseen for 2016: 31 March and 31 July 2016. For each deadline the CFM call is open to China-based participants either in projects already successfully selected under Horizon 2020 or in proposals submitted (single-stage call or the second stage of two-stage call) but not yet selected under Horizon 2020.
The CFM will pave the way for deepened cooperation between European and Chinese research and innovation stakeholders by promoting a stronger and more balanced Chinese participation in the Horizon 2020 topics targeting cooperation with China (see list here). It will also be open to a variety of thematic areas such as food, agriculture, biotechnology, information and communication technology, space, aviation, energy, health, transportation, water resources, energy conservation, advanced manufacturing, new materials, sustainable urbanization, young scientists exchange activities.