Industry Journal – Issue 4

April 2014

Sino-Foreign R&D Collaborations in China

We provide an overview of R&D in China over the past decade, examining developments in R&D by sector, by activity and by leading fields of research, as well as recent trends in Sino-foreign co-authored publications. Examining the landscape of existing models of Sino-foreign research partnerships and joint labs, as well as the range of funding sources, this feature will:

  • Deepen your understanding of R&D in China, particularly in the higher education sector;
  • Help determine whether deepening R&D collaboration in China will have the desired outcomes for your institution;
  • Understand the underlying motivations for Chinese universities to establish joint research collaboration, as well as changes in their approach to selection of partners;
  • Learn about future trends in R&D in China, notably changes to funding and which institutions will receive priority; and
  • Understand existing challenges in Sino-foreign R&D partnerships, such as funding timelines and commercialization of patents, and their impact on the success and profitability of joint research projects.

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In a new Legal Brief section, DLA Piper takes a look at new ‘for-profit’ laws for joint Sino-foreign education in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.

In Policy, we look at results from the MOE’s assessment of existing Sino-foreign joint programs, as well as the 2014 China Scholarship Council’s study abroad scholarships.

The Media Monitor includes:

  • Project 985 research funding estimates for leading Chinese universities; and
  • Leading Chinese universities by total research funding.

The Additional Data section includes statistics, graphs and tables covering the following:

  • Chinese R&D by province (including total spend, R&D funding intensity and personnel);
  • Higher education researchers in China, compared to the UK, Japan and the EU;
  • Chinese Patents (applications, grants and information by sector in China); and
  • Updated data on Chinese students abroad, as well as returnees.


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