In addition to the General Programme, Key Programme, and the Young Scientist Fund already in place under the Beijing Municipal Natural Science Fund, a “Key Research Special Programme” was also established in 2014 to support key projects in line with strategic and emerging industries, or with hot topics affecting people’s livelihood. Supported areas and fields differ every year, but generally include: robotics; medical and healthcare; ecology and environmental protection/rehabilitation; mathematics and physics; etc.
2-3 million RMB per project
- The geometric topology of the manifold;
- Mathematical methods in images and signals;
- Mathematical theories and foundations of artificial intelligence;
- Models and algorithms for statistical learning.
- Basic research on superconducting and magnetic materials;
- Research on the physics and functions of low-dimensional quantum materials;
- Physics and device interactions between light and matter at the nanoscale;
- Quantum computing, quantum communication, quantum sensing, quantum simulation;
- High sensitivity, real-time physical characterisation methods and imaging.
- Research on basic theories and key technologies relating to macroscopic images of living organisms;
- New technology applications to theories and methods of diagnosis and treatment of major diseases, such as accurate molecular diagnosis (single molecules and cells);
- Artificial intelligence applications to basic research in medical diagnosis and treatment;
- New technologies such as gene editing and stem cells applied to basic research in the medical field.
The areas and topics of the proposed research projects should be in line with the work plans formulated by the Beijing Natural Science Foundation for the corresponding category of project (i.e. key programme or general programme), included as annexes in annual calls.
In addition, the applicant should meet the following requirements:
- Employed by a “host institution” in China (i.e. universities or research structures officially registered as such on the Beijing Municipal Natural Science Fund’s website)
- Previous experience in implementing basic or applied research projects
- Senior technology title or Ph.D. degree; alternatively, a letter of recommendation should be submitted by at least 2 senior experts in the same field
- Currently enrolled Ph.D. students cannot apply as PIs, but can nonetheless participate in the project as research assistants
- Only 1 application can be submitted every year
- Current PIs of ongoing municipal (or above) projects are not eligible
Foreign applicants, in addition to the above requirements, can also apply as PIs if they are officially employed in a host institution in China for the project implementation period, with working time in the host institution of at least 3 months per year.
Date of publication
8 May 2019
Deadline for submitting applications
17 June 2019
Applications are submitted online through the Beijing Municipal Natural Science Fund Host Institution Management System. Applications will be reviewed and eventually approved by the applicant’s host institution, before being submitted by the host institution to the Beijing Municipal S&T Commission.
- Basic research
- Applied research