In FP7, China was the EU’s 4th largest partner after the United States, Russia and India, with Chinese entities participating in 334 FP7 projects, receiving a total EU financial contribution of 32,9m€ (EC, DG Research, Unit D4, February 2014). Nevertheless, and besides this long track record of cooperation under the FP programs, the situation under Horizon 2020 has become more complex. China under H2020 is no longer eligible for funding by the EC, but instead Chinese participants are required to identify and secure other sources of funding for participation.

DRAGON-STAR is supporting the operation of the Chinese National Contact Points, in order to :

  • Increase the quality of participation of Chinese researchers in FP7 and especially in Horizon 2020 and strengthen EU-China research collaborations.
  • Support the participation from the less economically developed areas of China.
  • Extend and enhance the quality of the NCP network services in China and assure timely and adequate provision of quality information on Horizon 2020 to Research and Innovation Stakeholders in China.
  • Raise awareness and stimulate networking between the Chinese Research Community on  Horizon 2020 related issues.
  • Monitor the quality and quantity of the Chinese participation in the Framework Program


 NCP profile

20150414cstec_logo-blue-150x150CECO is the organisation running and coordinating the NCP activities in China. CECO was established in 2001, as a non-profit organization specialized in offering consultation services and guidance to Chinese research institutions, enterprises, companies and scientists for the participation in the EU Framework Programs. Since its creation, CECO has been continuously supported by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and the EU Delegation in Beijing and has been providing FP support services to numerous European and Chinese researchers to build successful partnerships. CECO is the sole official NCP organization at national level in China, and has the necessary professional skills, regional coverage and relevant influence in China, to provide Framework program support services, and also to support the official scientific policy dialogue between EU and China. In addition, the last 3 years CECO has deployed a network of Regional Contact Points (RCPs) inside University or CSTEC regional offices with the scope to provide NCP support services at a regional level.

CECO has close partnerships with regional S&T Commissions and Exchange Centers, which are directed by MOST, and are the two large networks in China responsible for the administration of regional S&T resources. CECO is affiliated to China Science and Technology Exchange Centre (CSTEC) of MOST.

Contact: Mr Dong Keqin, Email:, visit the Chinese NCP website

CSTEC was founded in 1982 upon the approval of the State Council. CSTEC is a legally independent organization affiliated to the MOST of the People’s Republic of China. With expertise in international S&T exchanges, its mandate is to promote interactions between the research and industrial communities in China and their foreign counterparts so as to serve the socio-economic development and enhance the friendly relations between China and countries across the globe. CSTEC has successively established cooperative ties with over 130 organizations and renowned enterprises in more than 30 countries and regions. Thus it has set up a network for collaboration with counterparts from America, Oceania, Europe, Africa, Asia, and in particular the European Union, Japan, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. It continues to play a significant role in facilitating international S&T cooperation and exchanges, the reform and opening-up of China, as well as the construction of the socialist economy.


RCPS (Regional Contact Points)

Map-cstecThe objective of this task was to establish a nation-wide help desk  and Regional Contact Points (RCPs) around China.

To date, CECO/CSTEC has established 7 RCPs respectively in Heilongjiang, Shaanxi, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Hubei, Shandong and Guangdong and 2 TCPs including the Hunan University of Chinese Medicine as the Health TCP (Thematic Contact Point) and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences as the agricultural TCP.  A tailor-made training for the RCPs was organized and delivered by APRE and FORTH in Dongguan

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NCP activity in China

H2020 infoday, Shenzhen, 3 February 2015
CSTEC in cooperation with the Shenzhen Science and Technology Transfer Centre, and the EU delegation in China, organized a grand H2020 info day event in Shenzhen, that gathered more than 100 participants from research institutions, universities, and private enterprises. News  Link and pics :


H2020 infoday, Beijing, 30 October 2015

During the week 26-30 October 2016 a series of China-EU S&T events successfully launched in  Beijing. China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC) joined hands with European  Delegation to China and European partners of DragonStar Plus, including Austrian Research  Promotion Agency (FFG), Greek Foundation for Research and Technology, Italian European Research  Promotion Agency (APRE) and EURelation to successfully launch the Beijing event of the 2015  European Research and Innovation Tour in China. News  Link and pics :


H2020 infoday, Guangzhou, 18 November 2015

In the concluding event of 2015 European Research in China, CSTEC, EU delegation to China and some other invited S&T counselors of EU member states presented an infoday in Guangzhou SUN YAT-SEN University. Vice president of the University  and S&T counselors from Britain, France, Germany, Austria and Netherlands spoke at the event which was well received by around 150-200 participants of S&T community of Guangzhou.  News  Link and pics :


H2020 infoday, Zhengzhou , 26 November 2015

At the CSTEC’s invitation, Dr Laurent Bocheraue, on behalf of EU delegation to China, joined the Horizon 2020 infoday organized in Zhengzhou of Henan province. As Zhengzhou is located in the inner land of mainland China, it has limited exposure to real-time international S&T information, CSTEC thus organized Zhengzhou infoday upon their demand after the 2015 European RTD Tour in China. The event has been well acknowledged by local S&T community. News Link and pics :


H2020 infoday, Shenzhen , 17 November 2015

On the sideline of Shenzhen Hi-tech Affairs, again CSTEC joined hands with EU delegation to promote Horizon 2020 in Shenzhen on the spot of Hi-tech affairs specifically  to participants worldwide who attended the Shenzhen Hi-tech Affairs. Video and News Link:  


H2020 infoday, Changsha, 17 December 2015

At the invitation of S&T commission of Hunan province, CSTEC organized one more infoday in Changsha, Hunan specifically to update local S&T officials on the international S&T cooperation opportunities with Europe. Around 50 local S&T officials from provincial,township even to county level attended the event. Active interaction in Q&A session concluded the event with high comments from participants on this infoday. News and pics:


H2020 infoday, Gansu, 23 September 2015

Joined by Laurent Bocheraue, Minister S&T Counselor of EU delegation to China, CSTEC has held in Gansu after Yunan one more infoday to promote Horizon 2020 and explained the CFM for more active Chinese participation. . News  Link and pics :


H2020 infoday, Yunnan, 31 August 2016

Joined by Laurent Bocheraue, Minister S&T Counselor of EU delegation to China, CSTEC has held in Yunnan an infoday to promote Horizon 2020 and explained the CFM for more active Chinese participation. News  Link and pics :