Similar to National Enterprise Technology Centres under the National Bases and Talents Programme, the Shanghai Municipal Enterprise Technology Centre is a status given to certain Shanghai-based enterprises with strong conditions and capacities for innovation, and which contribute significantly to the local innovation and economic development. Being recognised as Shanghai Municipal Enterprise Technology Centre guarantees a series of preferential policies and benefits, and is designed to further stimulate enterprises to increase and enhance their R&D and indigenous innovation capacities.
The Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatisation is in charge of the daily management and operations of the programme.
The candidate enterprise should meet the following basic requirements:
- Shanghai-based enterprises with independent legal personality, which are leaders within their industries and are in a position of strength concerning scale and competition. Their main products and services should be in line with both national and local development priorities, and should not be classified as “restricted” in the Shanghai’s Industrial Restructuring Negative List and Efficiency Guidelines.
- Possess optimised conditions for research, development, and experiment, as well as strong innovation capabilities and R&D spending.
- Possess core technologies, an independent brand, and efficient IPR management and protection mechanisms.
- Have leading technology talents and teams with rich experience and technology capacities within their fields.
- Clear development plan and objectives, with stable industry-university-research cooperation mechanisms, as well as effective innovation performance.
- Possess good credit, and should have been subject to any fraud or tax-related administrative or criminal punishment in the last two years.
The candidate enterprise should meet the following innovation indicators:
- At least 300 million RMB of main operational revenue in the previous year (or 200 million RMB for service enterprises). Alternatively, the candidate should have made new investments for at least 200 million RMB, and possess previous experience in implementing key major projects at either the national or municipal level.
- At least 10 million RMB of research, development or experiment spending in the previous year, accounting to at least 3% of the main operational revenue (note: the proportion may vary according to the enterprise size and industry, please refer to the Working Guidelines for the Recognition and Evaluation of Shanghai Municipal Enterprise Technology Centre illustrated at the end of this factsheet).
- At least 10 million RMB worth of technology development instruments and equipment in the previous year (lowered to 6 million RMB for service enterprises).
- At least 60 personnel dedicated to research, development and experiments.
- Within the three years prior the application, the candidate should have generated at least six IPR (patents, software copyright, integrated circuit design, etc.) through indigenous innovation, and should have filed at least one innovation patent in the previous year.
What are the benefits?
Newly-recognised Shanghai Municipal Enterprise Technology Centres will be automatically eligible to receive financial support granted by relevant national and local regulations in terms of project application, grants, talent development, etc. For instance, newly-recognised facilities based in Pudong New District and Minhang District will be eligible to receive “R&D Organisation” funding from the local administration; or the benefits granted to talents by the Pudong New District’s Financial Supporting Policy for Innovation Talents; etc. (see corresponding factsheets below).
Shanghai Municipal Enterprise Technology Centres will also be granted particular priority when applying to local and national STI projects and funds.
Date of publication
26 July 2019
23 August 2019
Applications are submitted through the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatisation’s Funding Project Management and Service Platform. Printed versions of the application must also be submitted to specific offices indicated in annual calls.
International participation: opportunities and figures
According to the lists of results for 2017 and 2016 annual applications (links below), around one-tenth of new approved Shanghai Municipal Enterprise Technology Centres belonged to foreign-invested enterprises. Among these, there are several cases of Shanghai-based wholly foreign-owned enterprises, such as: Zenner Meters (Shanghai) Ltd.; BOGE Elastmetall Shanghai Co., Ltd.; Magneti Marelli (China) Co., Ltd.; Paques Environmental Protection Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.; Delphi Shanghai Dynamics & Propulsion Systems Co., Ltd.; Rayco (Shanghai) Medical Products Company Ltd.; NTN (China) Investment Corporation; etc.
Original call (in Chinese, copy paste in browser)
- Technology transfer