RFCCT is funding French-Chinese collaborations

Similar to the initiatives Campus France and specifically the Hubert Curien partnerships promoting Franco-Chinese scientific cooperation (“Découverte Chine” programs, “Xu Guangqi” and “Cai Yuanpei“), the RFCCT international research network supports new or existing collaborations.

7 projects have been funded in 20153 in 2016 and 2 in 2017.

Terms and funding essentially depend on the maturity of the submitted project. 

  • Zhongzi (种子, seed): potential collaboration. Airline ticket + living expenses (max € 2,000).
  • Zhiwu (植物, plant): collaboration to promote, started for less than 2 years, at least one publication. Airline tickets + living expenses (max € 3,000).
  • Guoshu (果树, fruit tree): well-established collaboration (>2 years), several publications, expecting new major developments. Airline ticket + living expenses (max € 3,000).

Because the call is permanent, the evaluation of the applications will be performed on-the-fly by the IRN board, essentially on a “first-in, first-served” basis. In case of insufficient funding, the remaining selected projects will be the priority the year after.

Whatever the support requested, a mission report is required within three months following the mission, with the justification of expenses and scientific report that could be used in the RFCCT external communication. Moreover, all publications resulting from Chinese-French collaboration must acknowledge the IRN, using the following sentence: Research conducted within the context of the IRN0808 “Réseau Franco-Chinois de Chimie Théorique, RFCCT”, an International Research Network between CNRS, UPEM, UPEC, AMU, NJU, BNU”.

The RFCCT board will pay particular attention to the scientific motivations and work programs, the involvement of young researchers (doctoral and post-doctoral) and co-financing. The document to be sent to the RFCCT board must contain a maximum of 4 pages including the following information:

  • Name and affiliation of the French partner
  • Name and affiliation of the Chinese partner
  • Title and acronym of the project
  • Scientific abstract (half a page)
  • Early achievements (if applicable)
  • Scientific program and expected results
  • Estimated budget, with mention of the co-financing