OBOR Attracts Young International Researchers to Shanghai
The Shanghai Municipal S&T Commission recently released the ‘2018 One Belt One Road (OBOR) International Collaboration’ report. A number of initiatives are outlined in it, including a Natural Science Joint LAB, which aims to fund 6 pilot projects at USD220,000 per project over 3 years. These projects are expected to adopt a 1+N model, which means a collaboration between one Chinese organization and up to three foreign organizations from one of the 65 countries which falls into the One Belt One Road region.
Also included in the initiatives is a Young Scientists Exchange, which aims to fund 60 projects of USD35,000 each over 2 years. 50% percent of the funding will be used to support young, non-Chinese scientists (below the age of 45), to work in a project team in Shanghai for 12 months. A Technology Commercialization initiative is also outlined, which aims to fund 5 projects of approximately USD90,000 each over 2 years. The hope is to encourage seminars/joint infrastructure which facilitate commercialisation of technology across the OBOR region.