Forschungs- & Entwicklungsinformationsdienst der Gemeinschaft - CORDIS


DRAGON-STAR Plus Berichtzusammenfassung

Project ID: 645775
Gefördert unter: H2020-EU.3.6.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - DRAGON-STAR Plus (Dragon - Sustaining Technology And Research Plus (EU-China Collaboration))

Reporting period: 2015-02-01 bis 2016-07-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

DRAGON-STAR PLUS focuses on China, and aims to provide support services to European and Chinese researchers for enhancing the bilateral cooperation, and a flexible platform to enable policy discussions between European and Chinese stakeholders. Moreover, DRAGON-STARPLUS will provide the EC and the Member States with tools for setting a long term cooperation strategy with China in research and innovation.

Dragon-STARPLUS is structured upon 4 clearly focused technical WPs aiming at significantly contributing to the ongoing collaboration activities and the bilateral policy dialogues. The project will have a positive effect on policy drafting and implementation, on-going research collaboration, reciprocity, member & associated states cooperation (funding agencies), addressing societal challenges, innovation, social- economy and technology.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

DRAGON-STAR Plus has demonstrated a substantial work output during the first 18 months, although most of the activities and studies will be concluded during the second and final project period.
Always in line with Annex 1 of the Grant Agreement.

The main initiatives taken and outputs produced are summarised below:
Work Package 1 - H2020 and beyond: Supporting the European and Chinese Research community
o Implementation of H2020 infodays in China (e.g. Shenzhen).
o Production and dissemination of products (infographics, handbooks, videos) for promoting H2020.
o An extensive bibliometric study revealed the scientific publications in China, coming from FP projects.
o 3 Webinars provided knowledge on funding schemes, IPR issues, and the Co-Funding mechanism established by MoST to support the Chinese participation in Horizon 2020.
o Regional and Thematic H2020 Contact points established in China
o A Help-Desk for the co-funding mechanism operated by CSTEC.
o Presentations in third-party events like the special workshop in EARMA about the co-funding mechanism.
o A searchable online database of Chinese funding programs, separated by thematic areas is sustained, and updated, based on funding opportunities identified by SPI and the rest of the project team.

Work Package 2 - Policy Cooperation Platform – Towards A More Coherent EU/Member States and Associated Countries STI
o During this first reporting period, a close cooperation between Dragon Star-Plus (DSP) and the JPI Urban Europe and the SFIC working group was established through several bilateral meetings.
o A first JPI Urban Europe “fact-finding” mission in June 2015 was supported by DSP.
o A second JPI Urban Europe “trust-building” mission in October 2015 took place in parallel to the First Dialogue Roundtable on 28 October 2015, in Beijing, which was the joint DRAGON STAR Plus - JPI Urban Europe WS Cooperation on Sustainable Urbanisation between China and Europe, bringing together 70 experts and DSP stakeholders from China and Europe.
o A third JPI Urban Europe delegation visit in June 2016 during the 18th EU-China Summit in Beijing lead to an Agreement (MoU) between JPI UE and CCUD (China Center for Urban Development).
o An online survey addressing European JPIs and ERA-NETS (CO-FUNDS) investigated towards their plans towards China.
o Two funding agencies and one regional authority became associated partners of DSplus.
o A scenario scanning workshop implemented in Shanghai, June 2016. As well a patent analysis, and a Delphi analysis.
o An urbanization expert workshop in Ningbo is under preparation, as well as the support of FAB workshop in Brussels.

Work Package 3 - Improving STI Framework Conditions
o A “Best Practice Map” for demonstrating excellent examples from each EU MS/AC in collaborating with China, with testimonies, personal advice and suggestions, is under development.
o A SPACE Week brokerage event in Rome, Italy, took place at 21-23 October 2015, in collaboration with the Space NCPs.
o A brokerage event on ICT took place in Stuttgart (8 July 2016), in collaboration with the Enterprize Europe Network.

Work Package 4 – Stakeholder Engagement and Dissemination
o An extensive range of dissemination products have been produced (videos, brochures, posters)
o Extensive utilization of Social Media was performed, including traditional tools (like Linkdein), Chinese platforms (like WeChat), and Video channels (like Youtube).
o Promotion of the project outputs in 25 third party events.

Work Package 5 – Management and Coordination
o Establishment of a internal quality control mechanism for all deliverables, and an external quality control mechanism for the key deliverables.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Impact on on-going Research Collaboration
DRAGON-STARPLUS works towards highlighting (through public events and professional dissemination products) the advantages of H2020 and explaining alternative funding sources, and especially the Chinese Co-Funding Mechanism. Moreover, DS-PLUS support the broader communication of the Member and Associated States activities and programs focusing China, thus opening the programs to a broader research community.

Impact on Reciprocity
DS-Plus support reciprocity by collecting and disseminating relevant information and opportunities to the European researchers, by delivering focused webinars, and by running a special Help-Desk service of European researchers.

Impact on Member & Associated States Cooperation (Funding Agencies)
Dragon-STARPLUS collects and visualizes information on the different national activities, and will organize and support ERA-NET like discussions between the European Funding Agencies on specific priority areas such as Urbanization, and FAB. In addition, DS-PLUS collects best practice cooperation initiatives and present them on an interactive map, with the objective to allow the exchange of best practices, the transfer of knowledge, and potentially the implementation of future Joint initiatives in China.

Impact on Addressing Societal Challenges
A key issue of the ERA objectives is the mobilization of research to address major societal challenges and contribute to sustainable development. Dragon-STARPLUS specifically focuses on 3 challenges (FAB, Climate Change, and Urbanization) of joint interest and provide support for the implementation of joint initiatives.

Impact on Innovation
There is an information deficit and an asymmetry of information between China and Europe; Europe needs to be up to date on the latest developments and have a sound basis for its strategic choices for collaboration as well as competition. The project highlights the research and innovation cooperation opportunities between China and Europe, and take steps towards enhancing the accessibility for both sides.

Socio-Economic Impact
The potential socio-economic impact of DS-Plus is significant in the long term. DS-plus identifies research and innovation actors in China that possess specific S&T potential and enhances their possibilities for collaboration with relevant European organizations. Thus, it generates employment opportunities, including among young scientists, and help counter forces pushing for scientific brain-drain to foreign universities, institutes and companies.

Technological Impact
The project team identifies technological areas with high cooperation potential. Areas that China either lacks expertise and need cooperation, or areas that China could offer know-how to Europe. In that sense, the project allows the S&T community to focus on the most promising scientific fields and to expect high return.

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