A large number of financial incentives and funding programmes in Zhejiang province are offered by all levels of administrations. Under the project, 26 funding programmes and 3 supporting policies were analysed. Detailed factsheets for each of them are included at the end of this page. Other funding programmes are available in other municipalities, as well as at the county/high-tech zone level.
Key funding bodies
- Zhejiang Provincial S&T Department: unlike other regions, it is responsible for nearly the totality of funding programmes in Zhejiang
- Zhejiang Provincial Economy and Informatisation Department: responsible for a very limited number of technology upgrading programmes, e.g. the Zhejiang Provincial Enterprise Technology Centre recognition programme
- Municipal-level governments (e.g. Hangzhou Municipal S&T Bureau, Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Economy and Informatisation; Ningbo Municipal S&T Bureau, etc.)
- National Innovation Demonstration Zones, high-tech zones, and other industrial parks (Ningbo European Industrial Park, etc.)
Level of transparency
Programmes in Zhejiang are very standardised and transparent. New calls for application are published at regular schedules (i.e. around the same period every year) and therefore highly-predictable. The lists of approved projects are, in most cases, published and openly consultable online (this was the case for 22 out of 26 projects monitored under the project).
Degree of international participation
Similar to Jiangsu province, the degree of international participation within Zhejiang programmes monitored by the project team is classified as fair. Again, German and American actors were the most active, together with Japanese and Taiwanese entities. Other EU countries also perform relatively well, especially France and Italy. The extent and the ‘quality’ of international participation vary according to the programme.
- There were no cases in which international participation was above 10% of the total
- In 6 out of 22 cases, the degree of international participation was between 5% and 10%. The one scoring the highest was the ‘Ningbo Municipal Enterprise Research Institute’ – a key status which increases the likelihood of receiving stronger support from the municipal administration in applying to other funding programmes at the provincial level
- In many other cases, the degree of international participation was largely below 5% of the total, but nevertheless always present
- The specific location where beneficiaries are registered is also an important factor. Percentages of international participation are higher in Hangzhou, Ningbo, and Jiaxing municipalities, while are much lower or even absent in other municipalities with small presence of international actors
- The University of Nottingham Ningbo is an active beneficiary of funding programmes, both at the municipal and provincial level.