Funding Resources for Shandong Researchers
This page is designed as a resource for researchers from Shandong. Here you can find the different funding agencies pages where calls will be published. Also on this page are opportunities for mobility funding, both incoming and outgoing, funding for training young researchers, and fellowship and scholarship opportunities for PhD and graduate students from Shandong who want to study in the other RLS regions.
Multilateral Funding for International Projects
Dragon Star Plus | European Union and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology
According to the European Commission, Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. EU member states are automatically eligible to compete for funding.
Non-EU RLS partners can participate in Horizon 2020 either by providing a unique competence that cannot be found in the EU, or through bilateral agreements between their home countries and the European Union. Every RLS member state has these types of agreements. In China, this agreement is called Dragon Star Plus.
Established in 2015, DRAGON-STARPLUS follows its predecessor (DRAGON-STAR) in its important mandate to provide support services to European and Chinese researchers and policy makers, and to offer a flexible platform to facilitate policy discussions between European and Chinese stakeholders.
Horizon 2020 is fully open to international participation in all fields and areas. Chinese researchers, enterprises, research institutions and universities will be able to team up with their European partners to participate in projects under Horizon 2020 and make best use of Europe's excellent opportunities in research and innovation. Through participation in Horizon 2020 beneficiaries can gain great benefits from access to excellent knowledge, access to research data and access and connection to world-leading scientific networks and research teams.
The Chinese Government and the EU have set up a co-funding mechanism on research and innovation to support joint projects between European and Chinese universities, research institutions and companies (as Chinese participants in Horizon 2020 are no longer automatically funded). Under the co-funding mechanism, up to 200 million RMB, or 28 million euro, will be made available annually by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) on the Chinese side for the benefit of China-based entities that will participate in joint projects with European partners under Horizon 2020.
The European Commission expects to continue spending over 100 million Euros per year for the benefit of Europe-based entities in joint projects under H2020 with Chinese participants.
Visit the DRAGON STAR Plus website.
Read the guide for Chinese participation in Horizon 2020.
COMPET-2-2017: Competitiveness in Earth observation mission technologies | European Union
(Please note this call has now closed)
Value: The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 2 to 3 million would allow this specific topic to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
European industrial competitiveness in Earth observation depends on the availability of demonstrated/validated systems and sub-systems for operational and advanced missions in the commercial and institutional domain, but also on the readiness in the emerging market for innovative missions relying on small and very small systems (constellation, formation flying and fractionated instruments).
The specific challenge, for the mid-term is to bring the Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) forward for a number of Earth observation technologies and to ensure the readiness of European solutions to propose and support new mission concepts taking advantage of nano-, micro-and mini-satellites. In recent years small satellites have become more attractive due to lower development costs and shorter lead times. There is a natural trade-off to be made between spacecraft size and functionality, but advances in both miniaturization and integration technologies have diminished the scope of that trade-off. Moreover, within the context of preparatory work for the next generation of the Copernicus space component, mission concepts will be developed by European industry based on mature Earth observation technologies and solutions.
The aim of this topic is to demonstrate, in a relevant environment, technologies, systems and sub-systems for Earth observation. Proposals should address and demonstrate significant improvements in such areas as miniaturisation, power reduction, efficiency, versatility, and/or increased functionality and should demonstrate complementarity to activities already funded by Member States and the European Space Agency. Proposals that develop technologies targeting TRL 6, or lower TRLs, are welcome. In projects to be funded under this topic participation of industry, in particular SMEs, is encouraged.
Proposals are sought with relevance in the domain of technology development for space in the fields of:
Read the call here.
Bilateral Funding for International Projects
China-USA Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) | National Science Foundation (USA) and Ministry of Science and Technology (China)
(Please note this call is now closed, but reopens annually in Winter)
Value: Average award has been $4 million USD, over five years for American researchers, Chinese researchers should consult the Ministry of Science and Technology
Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community. Engineering is a topic specified within the programme.
The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), China is partnering with the NSF PIRE Program according to Model 3 – Post-Award Recommendation Review. China-based researchers who are partners in PIRE projects may be eligible for joint funding from MOST, China. All areas of research supported by the NSF are eligible. MOST, China is not planning to conduct a separate competition for the proposed PIRE collaborators in China.
Note on Model 3. Post-Award Recommendation Review - In this model, agencies will work closely with NSF from the moment that the PIRE invited proposals are recommended by the Office of International and Integrative Activities (OIIA) for award. Counterpart agencies will opt out of the preliminary and full proposal stage. Coordination and sharing of information with counterpart agencies will begin at the time full proposals are recommended for award.
Visit the PIRE website.
Incoming Mobility Funding
Bringing RLS-Sciences counterparts to Shandong
Germany/China Joint Research Programme: PPP Programme for Project Related Personal Exchange | German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
(Please note this call is now closed, but reopens in April)
Value: Up to €9000 per year, for up to two years with the possibility for extension
Through its PPP programmes DAAD supports joint bi-national research projects of a high academic standard in order to strengthen academic relations between a German institution and an institution abroad and to promote cooperative research activities. The provided project funding is intended to cover mobility costs for German participants arising from the research project, and in particular to enable young academics involved in the project to conduct a research stay at the partner institution abroad, thereby supporting them in their international training.
An application must present a specific academic research project of high quality, on which the partners from Germany and the foreign partner country intend to work together in an ideally complementary manner. Proposals involving research into general scientific questions of interest to both research groups are not sufficient. Basic financing of the project (personal and material expenses on both sides) must be ensured. The German funding application and the funding application from the foreign partner must be submitted simultaneously, if not otherwise agreed for the specific country. Applications submitted by only one party will result in exclusion from the selection procedure. The allowance covers all expenditures within the scope of mobility and the stay. Eligible for funding are short-term stays of academics (up to 30 days) and young academics (up to 50 days). On the German side, DAAD provides funding for members of the German research group for stays at the foreign partner institution if no other arrangement was made with the foreign partner institution.
For the purposes of this programme, young academics are defined as junior researchers currently completing their doctorate and academics at the outset of their academic careers who completed their doctorate no more than five years ago.
Programme Website. (in German)
Bringing RLS-Sciences students to Shandong
Canada-China Postdoctoral Fellowships Supplement | Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada and National Natural Science Foundation of China
Open call: next deadline 15 October 2018
Value: $10,000/ year (Canadian dollars), plus $35,000 to hosting professor in China for two years
Note: This supplement is available to you only if you are awarded an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship
In accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between NSERC and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), first signed in 1987 and renewed in 1995, both agencies have agreed to launch a three-year pilot initiative focused on postdoctoral fellows. These awards are intended to facilitate the movement of Canadian postdoctoral fellows to China and to provide support to postdoctoral fellows and researchers in both countries to travel and participate in international collaborations.
Through the initiative and on a competitive basis, NSERC will award up to 10 supplements of $10,000 per year for two years to successful Post Doctoral Fellow applicants who specified the People’s Republic of China as a location of tenure for the award. Additionally, NSFC will provide funding of approximately $35,000 for research expenses to eligible professors in China who host an NSERC postdoctoral fellow. To be considered eligible for a PDF as of the deadline date of the year in which you apply, you must:
- be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
- hold or expect to hold a doctorate in one of the fields of research that NSERC supports; and
- have completed all requirements of your first doctoral degree no more than two years before the deadline date of the year in which you apply, or by September 1 of the year of the award announcement.
Applicants should indicate their interest in a location of tenure in China in their PDF application. Following the results of the competition, winners who had not previously indicated their interest in China may do so no later than September 1. All applicants to the PDF competition who indicate a location of tenure in China will be considered for the supplements; however, the supplements will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
You may hold a PDF abroad only if you have received your doctorate from a Canadian university.
Outgoing Mobility Funding
Sending RLS-Sciences students to colleagues outside Shandong
Québec-China Merit Scholarship Program for Foreign Students | Fonds de recherche du Québec-Nature et technologies
(Please note this call is now closed)
Value: please refer to the individual descriptions
The objective of the Merit Scholarship Programs for Foreign Students (PBEEE) is to support the internationalization of research activities in Québec's institutions of higher education, to attract the best foreign researchers and students, and to promote Québec universities and College Centers for the Transfer of Technologies (CCTT) abroad. The China Scholarship Council (CSC) will recommend at least 10 applicants for each of the competition's three components. The CSC must therefore take Québec's linguistic specificities into account.
Doctoral Research Component
Candidates are eligible for doctoral merit program scholarships from MEESR in the first nine sessions of their doctoral studies. All doctoral sessions, funded or unfunded, completed before the scholarship takes effect, are used in calculating the eligibility period. Doctoral research scholarship recipients must have a Certificat d'acceptation du Québec (CAQ) issued by the ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion du Québec and a study permit issued by the Canadian Consulate valid for the entire duration of their scholarship.
The maximum duration of the scholarship is three years (nine sessions), with a possible extension of up to 12 months. The scholarship is valued at $25,000 / year.
Postdoctoral scholarships are intended for researchers who have obtained their degree no more than two years before the deadline of the competition or who submitted their dissertation by the deadline for the beginning of scholarship use. Postdoctoral research must be conducted in an institution other than the one that granted the Doctorate. The applicant's doctoral supervisors and co-supervisors may not act as his/her postdoctoral supervisor, even if they have changed institutions. Postdoctoral scholarship or short-term research or professional development scholarship recipients must have a work permit issued by the Canadian Consulate for the entire duration of their scholarship.
The duration of this scholarship is for up to one year. This scholarship is not renewable. The scholarship is valued at $35,000 for one year.
Short-Term Research or Professional Development Component
Short-term research or professional development scholarships are intended for technical and university students (option A) or researchers who have completed a doctorate no more than five years before the deadline for the competition (option B). The research or professional development must be conducted in an institution other than the one at which the student was enrolled when he or she applied.
The duration of this scholarship is for up to four months. The scholarship is not renewable. The scholarship is valued at $3,000/month.