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2 Mar 2009

Québec-China scientific collaboration: second call for proposals

Premier Jean Charest’s personal representative, former Premier Pierre Marc Johnson, and China’s Vice-Minister of Science and Technology, Li Xueyong, during the signing of the Québec-China joint declaration.

The Government of Québec has launched a second call for proposals for scientific and technological research projects undertaken by Québec and Chinese partners. The priority fields are life sciences, marine sciences and technology, information and communication technology, and air and land transportation. Québec and China will each invest $1.2 million in this initiative over a three-year period.

Once they have found their Chinese partners, Québec universities, research institutions and businesses have until April 30, 2009, to submit their projects.

This second call for proposals flows from a joint declaration signed in November 2008 in Beijing by the Government of Québec and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MOST) during a mission by the Council of the Federation. The declaration is aimed at further developing the already well-established relations between China and Québec in science and technology.

The first call for projects, launched in May 2007, led to funding for nine R&D projects involving universities, research institutions and businesses in Québec and China.

Collaboration with one of the world’s research leaders is in keeping with the one of the objectives included in the Québec Research and Innovation Strategy, namely stimulating the creation of international partnerships. The initiative is also aligned with one of the five priorities set forth in Québec’s International Policy, i.e., fostering Québec’s growth and prosperity by making knowledge, innovation and education core elements of its international efforts.

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