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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: INCO-2009-4.1 | Award Amount: 2.33M | Year: 2010

INCONTACT-one world aims at stimulating closer cooperation among INCO NCPs. Within the framework of this closer cooperation, INCO NCPs/NIPs will work together to effect a substantial improvement in the overall quality of NCP services in the field of International Cooperation. The positive effect of these efforts will not be limited to the NCP network alone but the international research community will ultimately benefit from the heightened level of service offered by the network. In this direction INCONTACT-one world is suggesting practical tools to achieve objectives: - Annual INCO NCP conferences giving the opportunity for personal communication, NCP training, discussion of global science policy issues, and presentation of research capacities from ICPC countries. -INCO-Wiki, the Online Encyclopaedia on International Cooperation will move to a step further offering more complete practical information to the INCO NCPs/NIPs, aiming to become a live tool for the transfer of knowledge and best practices on International Cooperation. It will also act as a tool for publishing information and as a discussion platform. -Special trainings for the professional development of the NCPs will be offered. -A two-way communication channel with all the thematic NCPs will be set for facilitating the information flow on specific aspects of International Cooperation. -Free communication and networking tools will be studied and suggested for use. -A global dialogue on Science policy will be initiated aiming to provide sound proposals to the EC. -Local FP7 information events will be organised around the globe aiming to increase awareness on FP opportunities. -An NCP support mechanism will be established to provide initial support to newly assigned INCO NCPs. It is underlined that INCONTACT-one world, above everything else, is aiming to serve all the INCO NCPs and all are encouraged to participate in the project activities, meetings and discussions

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: INCO.2013-4.1 | Award Amount: 1.16M | Year: 2013

The European Union is a world leader in research and innovation, responsible for 24% of world expenditure on research and 32% of high impact publications. However, over the past decade, the emerging economies continue to strengthen their research and innovation systems, while global challenges are important drivers for research and innovation. The EU has long acknowledged the need for supporting international cooperation, and INCONTACT 2020 is exactly aiming to further reinforce this dimension of the EU framework programs. INCONTACT 2020, building upon the acknowledged work performed during the previous INCONTACT projects and upon the proven expertise of the INCONTACT consortium, plans several activities adapted to the transitional period between FP7 and Horizon 2020 and the new requirements of Horizon 2020. The project will keep promoting the International Dimension of the European Research Policy towards Horizon 2020 and will support the work of the national experts and of the newly established NCPs in third countries. The project will continue organising the INCO conference series, will support H2020 awareness activities around the world, by providing trainings and tools for capacity building and directly supporting the work of the national experts (e.g. INCO NCPs). Nonetheless, the positive effect of these efforts will not be limited to the third countries alone. EU experts and policy makers will be invited to follow and participate in the activities of the project in order to understand and support the International Activities of Horizon 2020.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: INT-01-2014 | Award Amount: 2.23M | Year: 2015

China is already an important global actor in the fields of research and innovation, and has the potential of becoming a leading force in the next few decades. The shift in Chinas strategy focusing towards R&I and transforming the essence of its economy has been complimented with massive public investments in research and technology. The EU having recognised the leading role China is expected to play, and having adopted a strategic position for becoming a knowledge-based economy, is required to collaborate with China in areas of mutual interest, and for common benefit and prosperity. Moreover for critical global issues which demand close scientific and technological cooperation at an international level, EU has identified in China a natural partner able to contribute and complement its own capacity. The proposed initiative aims to provide support services to European and Chinese researchers, and a flexible platform to facilitate policy discussions between European and Chinese stakeholders. Moreover, DRAGON-STARPLUS will provide the EC and the Member States with a toolset for setting a long term cooperation strategy in research and innovation with China. The project aims to provide efficient services on three levels (priority areas): - Support the European and Chinese research communities to establish collaborations under Horizon 2020 and beyond. -Provide a cooperation platform and tools to policy makers, aiming ultimately to support and enhance the bilateral cooperation, through the concept of mutual benefit. -Provide an ERA-NET style platform to funding agencies for exchanging best practices and planning joint activities. The proposed activities take into account the current on-going policy dialogue and the peculiarities of the research and innovation environment in China, and are based upon the outputs and the established mechanisms of the previous DRAGON-STAR project, as well as upon the sound results of previous related projects (e.g. OPEN-ICT, CO-REACH).

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: INCO.2012-2.1 | Award Amount: 1.80M | Year: 2012

Peoples Republic of China, has the largest population in the world and occupies a position of geo-strategic importance in the Asian continent as well as in the Pacific sphere. The Chinese S&T and innovation system is developing extremely fast and dynamically and China has become a major new actor in the global system for the production of knowledge, while the total amount of Chinas R&D expenditure in 2009 was 58,021m, (a record high in history). The EC-China S&T Cooperation Agreement was first signed in 1998 and today, the Sino-European cooperation shows growing dynamism as is demonstrated, for instance, by the growing numbers of participations of Chinese partners in cooperative research projects funded by FP5, FP6 & FP7. However, there is still work to be done in terms of the reciprocity in the bilateral cooperation, in dealing with specific societal challenges and by establishing broader research collaboration beyond the framework programs. Taking into account the global significance of China in the financial world and its rapidly increasing role in the global research environment, Dragon-STAR will support the Sino-European collaboration at 4 levels: -Enhancing the quality of the Chinese participation in the Framework Programs and especially reinforcing participation from less developed areas. -Supporting the reciprocity originating from the signed EU-China Scientific Cooperation Agreement -Supporting the bilateral cooperation in the broader field of innovation and especially the technological cooperation between industrial players. -Supporting the ongoing bilateral Scientific Cooperation dialogue with studies and reports. -Support the research cooperation and dialogue on key priority areas (SFIC)

Huo H.,China Science and Technology Exchange Center | Xiao Y.,China Science and Technology Exchange Center
2015 International Conference on Logistics, Informatics and Service Science, LISS 2015 | Year: 2015

Mobile Apps, as a kind of widely accepted software developed for users on their mobile devices, have been expected to play important roles in improving the quality of training courses and enhancing the process of management in science and technology training sessions. In this paper, we investigated some requirements within the process of execution and management of the International Science and Technology Training Program, and presented a mobile app, ITP app, designed for overseas participants and management team members of this program to achieve a better training courses experience. The features cover nearly the whole process of a training session, including information-pushing, participants registration, session selection and subscribing, curriculum quality evaluation and procedure controlling. The feedback of the app users and test results show that ITP app can improve the quality of training and enhance the efficiency of management-process significantly. © 2015 IEEE.

Liu X.,Northeast Normal University | Xing Y.,Northeast Normal University | Wang X.,Northeast Normal University | Xu H.,China Science and Technology Exchange Center | And 2 more authors.
Chemical Communications | Year: 2010

A new chiral open-framework cobalt phosphite [C6N 2H14][Co(HPO3)2] (1) with helical channels has been synthesized under solvothermal conditions in the presence of achiral organic amine. The circular dichroism (CD) spectrum indicates that the bulk crystals have optical activity. Magnetic measurements reveal that 1 is a weak ferromagnet. © 2010 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Liu G.,University of Science and Technology Beijing | Wang M.,University of Science and Technology Beijing | Wang Y.,University of Science and Technology Beijing | Ye F.,CAS Institute of Process Engineering | And 3 more authors.
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy | Year: 2012

An anode catalyst layer (ACL) with novel microstructure for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs) based on the catalyst coated membrane (CCM) technique is prepared by heating-spray method in this paper. The morphology and pore distribution of the novel ACL are characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and specific surface area (BET) analysis, respectively. A continuous flocculent structure with abundant micropores and a clear hierarchical distribution of pore diameter are obtained in the ACL. The DMFC performance is investigated by polarization curves measurements. In compared with traditional ACL, the novel structure ACL has larger active surfaces and exhibits higher performance with 39% increase in maximum power density during the single cell test at 80 °C. The possible reason for the increased performance has been analyzed and ascribed to the novel structure for the ordered mass transfer and the reduced internal resistance. © 2012, Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Zhu X.,China Science and Technology Exchange Center
2012 International Conference on Wireless Communications, Networking and Mobile Computing, WiCOM 2012 | Year: 2012

Wireless location has received increasing attention in the last decade, and the introduction of distributed multi-antenna in 4G system has brought in extra information for high accuracy location. In this paper, a novel antenna selection algorithm in distributed multi-antenna system is proposed. By analyzing the least square error of TDOA location method and its relationship with locations of antennas utilized, factors are designed to indicate this relationship, and then we can find the most proper antennas to locate the MS. Simulation results show that the proposed antenna selection algorithm outperforms the traditional methods, which indicates our antenna selection algorithm can be applied in distributed multi-antenna systems effectively. © 2012 IEEE.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2011.10.3 | Award Amount: 724.72K | Year: 2012

A fundamental ideal and cornerstone of the European system is the pursuit of the single market. This pursuit is not limited to the free flow of goods and services; it also includes the free flow of ideas. ICT research is uniquely positioned in this dynamic, as both representative of and facilitative to the promotion of a single market for ideas through international research cooperation.\nThe China-EU S&T Cooperation Agreement signed in 1998 legally assures the free access of researchers from both sides to Research and Technological Development (RTD) programmes of both EU and China, EU and China experience different realizations of this agreement. On the Chinese side, a variety of exchange programmes and funds are provided to boost joint projects in the RTD. These programmes are dedicated to European scientists, but the full potential of common scientific activities is far from being fully exploited yet.\n\nThe main objective of this OpenChinaICT project is to develop a concrete EU-China ICT Cooperation Strategy to provide the necessary framework for strengthening European ICT research cooperation with China. Building on previous initiatives and experience, the consortium will carry out an extensive information gathering effort, which will consist of an in-depth survey of European and Chinese ICT research environments, as well as 4 events in Europe and China covering research and cooperation priorities. These activities will provide the knowledge base for drafting the ICT Cooperation Strategy, which will directly address the EC and Chinese government authorities. The Strategy will contain guidelines and actionable recommendations with respect to the design of effective funding programmes to promote cooperation in ICT research between Europe and China, with an emphasis on mutual access to national research programmes and joint calls.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: INCO-2007-2.1 | Award Amount: 612.58K | Year: 2008

BILAT SILK will raise the EUs science and technology profile in China by a series of promotional activities to disseminate the EUs research policies and actions among Chinese scientists and research institutions. Strategic partnerships between 4 EU countries and China will be promoted through collaboration schemes and identification of new activities. BILAT SILK will identify and demonstrate mutual interest and benefit in the cooperation between the EU and China sharing best practises via workshops and presenting the state of the art and the prospects for cooperation in particular fields. BILAT SILK will also identify 6 research areas of interest between the EU and China, with the ultimate aim of better strengthening and benefit from science and technology cooperation. The activities foreseen aim at elaborating a detailed mapping of joint research themes between EU and China and enhancing the cooperation. Furthermore BILAT SILK will analyze the state-of-the-art of methodologies and practices used in current European and Chinese Technology Assessment (TA) as science and technology policy advisory, to identify common themes and practices and provide a comprehensive list of TA organisations For achieving an optimum participation of Chinese teams in the 7th FP BILAT SILK will provide efficient training of National and Regional Information Points through specialised trainings in specific FP7 issues but also special trainings in providing NCP services. Furthermore, the website of the Chinese NCP-organisation will be further enhanced and developed in order to provide info in the Chinese organisations and also a pool of partner profiles both Chinese and EU searchable by EU project coordinators.

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