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Engaging with China

RCUK Office in China logoAs China’s research and development spend continues to grow, the RCUK China team proactively develops and maintains relationships with key Chinese & UK stakeholders. Our work has resulted in the value of the Research Councils’ joint programmes with China increasing from £6.5 million in 2008 to over £170 million in 2016. With the establishment of the UK-China Research and Innovation Partnership Fund and the agreed joint research programmes, this figure is expected to grow significantly over the coming years.

Our strategy for enhancing RCUK’s relationship with China focuses on:

  • Influence - building trusting relationships with our key partners to align priorities and agree mutual areas of research interest.
  • Excellence - working with our Chinese counterparts to support the highest quality UK-China joint research programmes.
  • Impact – ensuring that the research we support can have an impact on the societies and economies of both the UK and China.
  • Responsibility - working with our Chinese partners to support high-quality research that tackles global challenges and has an impact beyond our two countries.

Strategic Meetings

RCUK-NSFC Strategic Bi-ennial Meeting

The first RCUK NSFC bi-ennial meeting was held in May 2014, the main aims of this meeting were to review progress on current joint collaborations between RCUK and NSFC; to explore new topics for co-funding; to share best practices and ideas for future strategic priorities as well as exploring opportunities to maintain the NSFC – RCUK partnership.

Full details of the meeting can be found here.

UK-China Joint Commission

UK-China Joint Commission on Science and Innovation Cooperation

Seven meetings have been held so far, with the most recent in March 2014. At the last joint commission, Mr. Wan Gang, Chinese Minister of Science and Technology, led the Chinese delegation and the UK delegation was headed by David Willetts, UK Minister of State for Universities and Science. Ministers reviewed the strong and growing bilateral relationship in science and innovation, noting its importance in UK-China co-operation as partners for growth. Newton Fund programmes being delivered by RCUK were an important topic in the meeting.

Full details of the joint commission can be found here.

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