On 18 April 2019, the Tianjin Municipal S&T Bureau published a call for comments on the draft Measures for the Management of the Tianjin S&T Experts Pool. The deadline for submitting comments is 25 April 2019.
In line with similar regulations at the national level or in other key areas (e.g. Shanghai), the Tianjin S&T Expert Pool will be formed by experts from academia, enterprises, research institutes, social organisations and the public administration. Its key task will be to conduct evaluations and assessments of project application proposals, project reports, S&T award nominees, etc.
The expert pool is open to both domestic and foreign experts who are less than 65 years’ old (exceptions can be made for CAS and CAE academicians), have exceptional ethic and professional standards, and in-depth knowledge of domestic and international development trends in their fields of expertise. The following criteria must also be met:
- Technology-related experts: senior experts dedicated to R&D, S&T policy and strategy research, or S&T project management, and with previous experience in leading (as PIs) national- or municipal-level projects. Awardees of relevant S&T awards are also considered. Requirements may also be relaxed for young scientists with exceptional research achievements, Beijing-Hebei-based experts, foreign experts, key technologists in HNTEs or TASEs, listed tech companies, etc.
- Industry-related experts: senior managers of national HNTEs, TASEs, listed tech companies, national high-tech zones or parks, industry associations or alliances. Requirements may be relaxed for experts with outstanding contributions to technology transfer.
- Finance-related experts: (a) senior experts with audit, accounting or financial management background, ideally with CPA certification; (b) experts or partners of law firms engaged in IPR law, commercial law or related; (c) entrepreneurship coaches and tutors, or senior managers of angel investment or PE/VC firms
There are two main methods for being included in the experts pool: through spontaneous application; and recommendation by relevant organisations. Foreign experts are particularly encouraged to submit spontaneous applications to join the expert pool.