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EFBIC RED — Result In Brief

Project ID: 37800
Country: Denmark

Bridging European and Chinese research

Europe hopes to become closer to China in scientific research. A European initiative worked to raise awareness of the potential advantages of research cooperation between the two.
Bridging European and Chinese research
Over the last decade China has become a strong player in the research sector. However, collaborations with scientific groups in Europe and participation in European funding schemes are limited. The same holds for European research groups that rarely seek financial aid through Chinese grants.

To facilitate joint partnerships, the EU funded the ‘European focus on red biotechnology with China’ (EFBIC RED) project as a collaboration between the Chinese National Centre for Biotechnology Development (CNCBD) and the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB). The main aim was to foster cooperative activities in the field of biotechnology and science between China and the EU and to encourage Chinese scientists to participate in EU Framework Programmes.

The EFBIC RED project created a network bridge among scientists from the two regions, establishing joint research strategies. Workshops were organised on diabetes research and other topics of interest in an attempt to develop long-term cooperation. Scientific exchange visits took place that strengthened the collaborative spirit and brought scientists together, facilitating the dissemination of research protocols and ideas.

The EFBIC RED project ensured that the collaborative activities, projects and networks were broadly promoted through a helpdesk for information on EU Framework Programmes and newsletters. Also the search for collaboration partners was encouraged through the CORDIS database.

Overall, the EFBIC RED project opened up the door for scientists from both China and Europe to collaborate and take advantage of funding and networking opportunities in the research sector. Such cooperative activities will be mutually beneficial for the EU and China and aid in their scientific advancement.

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