On the basis of National Key R&D Programmes, the Anhui Provincial Department of Science and Technology has launched a series of Provincial-level Key R&D Programmes, supporting R&D in priority sectors – as specified in annual project application guidelines. These generally include: intelligent manufacturing; industrial robots; electronics; new materials; intelligent power grids; health; green technologies; modern biopharmaceuticals; urban development; public security; disaster risk prevention; etc. A series of programmes are also designed specifically for less developed regions within Anhui province, such as Dabie Mountains.
Research fields for 2020
General R&D programmes:
- High and new technologies;
- Agriculture and rural areas;
- Social development.
Key R&D programmes:
- People and health;
- S&T-enhanced police;
- S&T-based aid to Tibet and Xinjiang;
- International S&T cooperation (an individual announcement is published on this website)
- Yangtze River Delta S&T cooperation
- Special programme in Dabie Mountains and other poor or old revolutionary regions.
For each of the above fields, specific research topics and subjects to be funded are illustrated in an attachment to the original call in Chinese.
Amount of funding
Direct project funding: 300,000 RMB, 500,000 RMB, or 800,000 RMB per project.
- Proposals must be fully in line with the specific research topics and subjects appended to the annual call. Project duration is 3 years;
- Enterprises, universities, research institutes or research structures legally established within Anhui province, with strong conditions and capacities for R&D;
- The consortium must be able to provide additional funding and other necessary support to the project;
- If the applicant is an enterprise (above designated size), the R&D intensity in the previous year should have accounted to at least 1% of the annual turnover; if the applicant is a university or research institute, the R&D spending in the previous year must have exceeded 1 million RMB;
- The proposed PI should be a senior expert or possess Ph.D. degree, should be less than 57 years’ old, should commit to work on the project for at least 6 months per year, and should in principle be an employee of the entity which submits the application;
- Limits on the maximum number of applications that can be submitted, as well as other projects still ongoing at the time of application
- Applications from HNTEs, R&D structures or applicants within high-tech zones, strategic emerging industries bases, agricultural S&T parks, etc., are encouraged.
Date of publication
28 November 2019
Deadline for application
31 December 2019
Applications are submitted to municipal- and district-level S&T bodies where the applicant is located. Their pre-review and endorsement is required. Some areas may have quotas in terms of maximum number of proposals that can be endorsed.
International participation: opportunities and figures
Evidence of international participation in 2018 was very limited, with just 2 out of 259 projects led by foreign-invested enterprises (both being Sino-foreign joint ventures).