European Commission chooses SPI to study Science, Technology and Innovation performance of China

15 January 2013

Following the success completion of the ChinaAccess4EU and its growing knowledge gained in another ongoing project concerning enhancement of EU-China collaboration on science and technology (Dragon STAR), SPI recently won the highly competitive bid of DG Research and Innovation on “Science, Technology and Innovation performance of China”. 

This 18-month project, starting in December 2012, aims to assess the evolution of the Science, Technology and Innovation performance of China and analyse its economic impact on Chinese productivity and competitiveness and on the global markets, taking into account the differences between distinct Science and Technology fields, economic sectors and types of actors involved. Conclusions will be developed for the EU regarding the challenges and opportunities provided by the development of China at the short and medium term. 

“We are excited about this new project, being able to leverage our network in China as well as the experience gained during the past years in EC projects regarding S&T cooperation with China.” SPI’s Board Member, Dr Sara Medina stated. 

Apart from SPI as a coordinator, UNU-MERIT (The United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and social Research and training centre on Innovation and Technology) based in the Netherlands and AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology) are the two other partners in the project, which are highly experienced in promoting EU-China S&T collaboration. 

In addition, the project has also established an advisory board of 15 high-level external experts from government, research and industry in Europe and China who will contribute to the project activities. 

Two stakeholder workshops will be held in Brussels to validate the project findings at different phases with relevant stakeholders.