Establishment of a new national New Generation AI Development Experimental Zone in Deqing county, Zhejiang province

On 5 November 2019, the Ministry of Science and Technology approved the establishment of a new National New Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Experimental Zone in Deqing County, Huzhou municipality, Zhejiang province. First introduced by the State Council’s Plan for the Development of New Generation Artificial Intelligence (Guo Fa [2017] No. 35), National New Generation AI…

China’s 2018 Innovation Index exceeds 200 for the first time

According to a press release by the National Bureau of Statistics, China’s Innovation Index in 2018 reached 212.0 (+8.6% on the previous year), exceeding for the first time 200. Specifically: Innovation environment: 225.8 (+10.9% on 2017), particularly led by a significant increase of the number of enterprises enjoying tax deductions or exemptions; and by wider…

Establishment of new National New Generation AI Development Experimental Zones in Tianjin, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Hefei

On 18 October 2019, the Ministry of Science and Technology approved the establishment of four new National New Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Experimental Zones, in Tianjin, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, and Hefei. First introduced by the State Council’s Plan for the Development of New Generation Artificial Intelligence (Guo Fa [2017] No. 35), National New Generation AI Innovation…

China funding for artificial intelligence

Establishment of 10 new National New Generation AI Open Innovation Platforms

On 29 August 2019, during the World Artificial Intelligence Conference held in Shanghai, MOST Vice Minister Li Meng presented the list of newly approved National New Generation AI Open Innovation Platforms. These are: Shanghai Yitu Network Technology Co., Ltd.: Visual Computing National AI Open Innovation Platform; Shanghai MiningLamp AI (Group) Co., Ltd.: Intelligent Marketing National…

National Key R&D Programmes

Statistical Bulletin on Annual Government R&D Expenditure (2018)

At the end of August, the National Bureau of Statistics published the Statistical Bulletin on Annual Government R&D Expenditure for 2018. The key findings include: Annual R&D expenditure in 2018 amounted to 1.97 trillion RMB (around 250 billion EUR), a +11.8% increase on the previous year. The R&D intensity on GDP increased to 2.19%. The…

China Robotics Industry Development Report (2019)

The China Robotics Industry Development Report (2019) was released at the end of the World Robot Conference 2019, which took place in Beijing from 20 to 25 August. A few highlights of the Report include: The market size of China’s robotics industry in 2019 is expected to reach 8.68 billion USD (average growth of 21%…

National Natural Science Fund 2019: evaluations concluded

National Natural Science Fund 2019: evaluations concluded On 16 August 2019, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) announced on its website that the evaluation of 2019 applications for the National Natural Science Fund has been concluded. The announcement only refers to those programmes which follow the ‘centralised application mechanism’ – i.e. with applications…

China New Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Report (2019)

China New Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Report (2019) The 2019 China New Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Report was officially released on 24 May 2019 during the Pujiang Innovation Forum. The key highlights of the report, which was formulated by MOST New Generation AI Development Research Centre and the Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for…