The Research Council of Finland has agreements on cooperation with three Chinese research funding organisations. The cooperation with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) covers all scientific disciplines, except those that fall within the remit of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). The cooperation with the CASS covers socio-economic sciences and the humanities.

The cooperation between the Research Council and the Chinese funders supports mobility related to project cooperation between Finnish and Chinese researchers. The mobility cooperation funding is intended for travel and living expenses of Finnish research teams in China. The funding does not cover research or equipment costs.

CAS cooperation projects can also apply for mobility cooperation funding for seminars in Finland and China. NSFC cooperation projects can apply for either mobility cooperation funding or mobility seminar funding. Please note that the project must have both a Finnish and a Chinese responsible person, both of whom must submit an application to their own funding agency. The Research Council usually opens applications in September, but the Chinese funders may have other deadlines.

More information

  • Risto Vilkko, Programme Manager, tel. +358 295 335 136
  • Siru Oksa, Science Adviser (mobility cooperation), tel. +358 295 335 125
  • Ulla Ellmén, Science Adviser (NSFC seminars), tel. +358 295 335 011

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