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UKRI China

The UKRI China office works in partnership with UK government departments to contribute to the development of UK-China R&D funding strategy, facilitates the delivery of excellent joint programmes, documents and measures the impact of UK-China collaborations, and provides a voice for UK excellence in research and innovation in the world’s most dynamic R&D landscape.

China is now home to one-fifth of the world’s top 25 academic institutions and a country that spent more than $293 billion on R&D in 2018. The country’s share of authorship in high-quality papers went up more than 13 percent in 2017/18, and it has emerged as a world leader in fields such as chemistry and the physical sciences as well as entering the Top 20 in the Global Innovation Index.

Through partnership with the country’s leading funding agencies, UKRI China has facilitated joint research and development programmes with China representing 313 individual projects with a total combined investment value of £320m involving more than 200 partner institutions and businesses.

Over a decade of experience facilitating delivery of excellent collaborative research with impact, a well-established relationship with all China’s major research and innovation funders, and a thorough, up-to-the-minute understanding of the dynamism and challenges posed by China’s unique landscape are an indispensable asset to UKRI, allowing for an evidence-based approach to developing joint research and innovation collaboration with China that will benefit both countries and the world.

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