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STARTER — Result In Brief

Project ID: 517832
Funded under: FP6-INCO
Country: China

China-EU research on the rise

The benefits of collaboration among nations and regions are many. The EU and China have already embarked on research collaboration and have begun to reap the rewards.
China-EU research on the rise
China and the EU are already cooperating on many levels, particularly in the field of research and development (R&D). The EU-funded project 'Strengthening the strategic research partnership between China and the EU' (Starter) reinforced this cooperation through specific actions that encourage both European and Chinese scientists to work together. It developed a strong network between key National Contact Points (NCPs) in Europe and the China Science and Technology Exchange Centre (CSTEC).

Along the lines of the NCPs in Europe, the project helped establish a network of Regional Contact Points (RCPs) in Chinese provinces and cities. It focused on locations in China where R&D is particularly strong, encouraging effective information exchanges and assisting in training these regional multipliers.

Moreover, Starter created a 'one-stop-shop' website and database to promote partnerships between the EU and China. This was enhanced by a series of workshops and face-to-face meetings between stakeholders from both regions, providing the contacts and mechanisms that set the stage for strengthened cooperation.

The project team ensured that the project's results were disseminated to all parties involved, substantially increasing participation of Chinese research institutions in the EU's Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes (FP6 and FP7, respectively).

This move is set to magnify research capabilities in Asia and Europe considerably, representing an important bridge between regions, contributing to the stability of economies and improving many nations' well-being.

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