The Découverte Chine Program
This program seeks to enhance the knowledge of French researchers on research carried in China in their areas of expertise. Open to all scientific disciplines. Applications are assessed by the Embassy (scientific excellence, applicant's motivations, relevance of the mission project in China) and each project by the Embassy is awarded up to 4,000 euros.
The funds awarded are only for facilitating mobility between the two countries (airfare, subsistence allowances and conference registration fees). Any other funding needed to implement the joint projects must be provided by the laboratory's own funds or other sources.
The Xu Guangqi Program
The goal of this program is to develop scientific collaborations (during their initial phase) between French and Chinese researchers. The active participation and mobility of young researchers, in particular Ph.D. or postdoctoral students, is one of the main selection criteria. The successful French teams will be awarded up to 5,000 euros to fund the mobility of French and/or Chinese researchers. Any other funding needed to implement the joint projects must be provided by the laboratory's own funds or other sources.
The Cai Yuanpei Program
This program aims to develop scientific and technological exchanges of excellence between laboratories in the two countries and facilitate co-supervised Ph.D. theses. It covers all areas of Natural, and Human and Social Sciences. This program was jointly created by the French Ministries of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI) and National Education, Higher Education and Research (MENESR) and the Chinese Ministry of Education via the China Scholarship Council (CSC). The duration of the project is 2 years.
The COOPOL Innovation Program
This program is aimed at the innovative companies of the competitiveness clusters and French technopoles, in association with their academic research partners. It seeks to identify potential collaborators in China by means of a one-week evaluation mission.
Research Fund for International Young Scientists (NSFC)
The aim of this program is to encourage young foreign scientists to conduct basic research in China, and promote research collaborations and academic exchanges between young Chinese and foreign scientists. The funding period can be either 6 or 12 months. The host institution provides the premises and equipment needed for the research as well as the accommodation.
Chinese Academy of Sciences Programs Open to Foreign Researchers
- Einstein Professorship Program: Distinguished international scientists working at the frontiers of science and technology, are invited for short-term stays in China (conferences, visits). In return, each Einstein Professor is expected to receive one or two young CAS researchers from the host institute in its laboratories for a period of 1 to 3, or sometimes 6, months. These visits are funded by CAS.
- Fellowships for Young International Scientists: inviting young scientists under the age of 40 (35 for postdoctoral applicants) to conduct research in China for a period of one year.
- Visiting Professorships for Senior International Scientists: for accomplished scientists, either currently or previously working in well-known universities, research institutes or multinational corporations, for visits of 1-12 months' duration or more.