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Norway and China to announce NOK 80 million in funding for collaborative projects in 2018

The Research Council of Norway and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) have agreed to issue a joint funding announcement for collaborative research projects. The application submission deadline will be in April 2018.

Professor Liu Congqiang, Vice President of the NSFC, and John-Arne Røttingen, Chief Executive of the Research Council, look forward to expanded cooperation between their two countries in the years ahead. The call aims to provide NOK 80 million in project funding, with NOK 40 million allocated by the Research Council. The relevant thematic areas are Polar Research, Climate and the Environment and Sustainable Food Production and Food Safety.

The joint call is a follow-up to the cooperation agreement between the two national research councils that was signed during Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s visit to China in April 2017. In September the efforts were followed up during a visit to Oslo by a delegation from the NSFC.

“In recent years, China has emerged as a major actor in international research cooperation, on a par with the US,” says Thomas Hansteen, the Research Council’s contact person for China. “We want to promote continued positive developments in research cooperation between Norway and China in the years to come. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has played, and will continue to play, an important role in realising what we perceive as a significant development potential.”

“This will be the first of what we hope will be annual joint calls with the NSFC. Over the next few years, the calls will encompass thematic areas targeted towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, says Mr. Hansteen.

The first joint call for proposals will be issued in January 2018 with an application submission deadline of 25 April.

Written by:
Geir Aas. Translation: Darren McKellep/Carol B. Eckmann
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