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NSFC and CAS’s New Round Collaboration for Large Scientific Facilities


Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) signed an agreement with Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on July 12 in Beijing, initiating the phase II collaboration for large scientific facilities. According to the agreement, during 2012-2014, the two sides will invest a total of $180 million RMB for the joint fund to support the use of large scientific facilities for scientific research. Prof. Shen Wenqing, Vice President of NSFC and Prof. Zhan Wenlong, Vice President of CAS signed the agreement on behalf of the two parties.

The phase II collaboration is a renewal on the basis of the smooth implementation of the phase I agreement of 2009-2011. The total joint fund for phase I is 120 million Yuan. Aiming to encourage for taking full use of Beijing Electron– Positron Collider, Lanzhou Heavy Ion Cooler-Storage-Ring Synchrotron, Hefei Synchrotron Radiation Facilities and Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Light Source, the fund will accept applications from all over the nation.

The joint fund aims at guiding researchers in the country to carry out their research work by using of these large scientific facilities and give a full play of scientific supporting capabilities of them. On one hand, a number of research teams could be forsterd based on these large scientific facilities and their innovation ability could be improved. Experiemental terminals of these large scientific facilities will be continuously updated and supplemented so as to enhance their sustainable ability for multi-disciplinary research. High magnetic field facilities is also included in the large scientific facilities in the phase II collaboration.

According to the phase II agreement, following research areas will be included:scientific issues in frontiers of physical science (physics, chemistry, materials science); scientific issues in the field of information science; scientific issues in life science (biophysics and medical science) ; scientific issues in the areas of environment and resources ; interdisciplinary scientific issues, etc.

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