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New Round Call for China / Ireland Collaboration Proposals
2005-12-15

The China / Ireland Science and Technology Research Fund is established under the auspices of the agreement on Scientific and Technological Co-operation between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of Ireland signed on the 8th September 2000, thereby contributing to future co-operation in the field of science and technology between both countries.

As a result of the success of two previous such funds, China Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China (MOST) and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) agrees to launch the third round call on project proposals. SFI will provide one more year of funding at ?200,000, and MOST will contribute the equivalent in RMB. This extension will sustain existing joint funded projects and stimulate future collaboration.

The administration of the fund is the responsibility of MOST and SFI. The liaison offices for the program are High Technology Research and Development Center under MOST and Royal Irish Academy. Two open calls for joint proposals will be made in both China and Ireland. Decisions on the projects to be funded will be made jointly by MOST and SFI.

MOST and SFI will each submit the joint project proposals to independent review as to their scientific merit. Following the independent review of proposals by both sides, MOST and SFI will agree which projects will receive funding.

Collaboration proposals in the areas like biotechnology, ICT, new materials are eligible for consideration for grants. Grants will normally be made for a period of 2 years.

For further information, please come to the following web sites:

http://www.htrdc.com

http://www.ria.ie or www.sfi.ie
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