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Joint Fund for the Promotion of Scientific Cooperation across the Taiwan Straits Established


Photo one: The Signing Ceremony

Photo two: NSFC President Chen Yiyu meets with Fujian Province Governor Su Shulin

The signing ceremony for the NSFC-Fujian Agreement on the “Joint Fund for the Promotion of Scientific Cooperation across the Taiwan Straits” was held in Fuzhou on December 1, 2011. Prof. Chen Yiyu, President of National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)  and Mr. Su Shulin, Governor of Fujian Province attended the ceremony. Prof. Sun Jiaguang, NSFC Vice President and Mr. Chen Ye, Vice Governor of Fujian Province signed on the agreement. Attendees also included Director-Generals of NSFC bureaux and departments of Fujian Government concerned. At the meeting before the ceremony, the two sides affirmed the significance of establishing the joint fund and exchanged views on the joint fund’s operation, funding areas and expected objectives.

Responding to the National Development Strategy and requirements of the Program to Develop the Western Taiwan Straits Economic Zone issued by the State Council, NSFC and the Fujian Provincial Government establish the “Joint Fund for the Promotion of Scientific Cooperation across the Taiwan Straits”. The fund aims to attract and encourage scientists across the Taiwan Straits to conduct scientific cooperation, and improve the innovation capability in the Zone for building China into an innovative country. The establishment of the joint fund will give priority to important scientific issues and key technologies mutually interested by the Western Taiwan Straits Economic Zone and Taiwan, attract and recruit a group of first-class talents in science and technology for Fujian province, and train the sci-tech talents in the region. The fund encourages cooperative researches between scientists across the Taiwan Straits and sets up a platform for the both sides to carry out substantial research in science and technology. It is expected to strengthen the academic exchange and cooperation across the Straits and help the two sides to take full play of their own advantages in the economic and social development.

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