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    Call for International Cooperation Projects in Response to COVID-19

    Published on 16 July 2020
    Author: Nicole Wyss, National Contact Point Health

    The Chinese Ministry for Science and Technology (MOST) published its fourth call for proposals to fund international collaborative projects addressing COVID-19. Eleven research tasks will be deployed in 4 directions targeted at drugs, vaccines, testing reagents and Chinese medicines. Participation of non-Chinese entities based outside of China mainland is an obligation to make the project proposal eligible.

    Some major aspects of the call:

    • Proposals must include one (or more) foreign participants. Foreign participants should be research institutes, universities and enterprises registered outside Chinese mainland for above three years with independent legal person status, with long-term stable cooperation established with Chinese applicants. The foreign participant should designate one lead who should have at least six months of working time every year in the foreign entity, hold senior R&D position or PhD degree, and have good international academic reputation and scientific research level. The foreign lead should participate in the proposal from his/her host institute and should provide relevant proof document of his/her host institute.
    • Scientists of foreign nationalities recruited by Chinese mainland entities and scientists from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan can be Principal Investigators.

    However, foreign participants will not be financially supported by MOST and will have to come with their own fundings to cover the cost of their participation in the project, with the exception of the purchase of some equipment not available in China. In this particular case, equipment costs can be reimbursed by MOST.

    The call includes specific reference to China's Regulations on Human Genetic Resources, to data sharing policy and to IPR.

    Time for online application: from 8 July to 31 August 2020.

    Call text (unofficial translation in English)