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China's basic state research projects open to public bidding
Updated: 2005-01-24 23:52

An official with China's Ministry of Science and Technology said here Monday that the state's key basic research projects are now open to public bidding, allowing research institutions in European Union member countries to join according to a Sino-EU sci-tech cooperative treaty.

The primary focuses of this batch of projects include: biological research on vital economic crops and animals, agricultural ecological control, research on agricultural product safety, clean use of coal, exploitation and use of oil and natural gas, recycled energy, software and virtual reality research, network safety, climate change, water resources, mineral exploitation, ecology and environment, basic research on infectious diseases, health and life sciences, basic research on traditional Chinese medical theories, improvement of traditional materials, development of new materials, and interdisciplinary scientific frontiers.

According to rules set by the ministry, applicants from the EU must join at least two Chinese research institutions to carry out any Chinese state basic research projects.

Chinese scientists who are now foreign citizens and scientists from the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions and Taiwan can play leading roles in such researches, said the official.

The most successful applicants could get funds worth over 30 million yuan (3.63 million US dollars) and the others might get financial support valued at less than 15 million yuan (1.81 million dollars), the official said.

Applicants should log onto http://www.973.gov.cn to proceed on online application by March 14, the official said.

The state science and technology working leading group approved state research projects, or the 973 Plan, at its third plenary meeting when it decided to reinforce basic research in the country.

From 1998 to 2003, 3.3 billion yuan (399 million dollars) worth of state budgets were put into 157 projects under the 973 Plan.

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