Foundation will help enhance basic research, nurture top-class talents
The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the country"s main foundation for basic scientific research, will continue reforms to cultivate innovative talents and groundbreaking scientific work, officials said on Tuesday.
New procedures for promoting academic evaluation and scientific integrity, as well as strengthening interdisciplinary and international collaboration, are also in the pipeline and will be tested in selected projects and institutions in 2019, said Li Jinghai, NSFC director, at a meeting on Tuesday.
Wang Zhigang, the minister of science and technology, said NSFC should focus on supporting projects that can solve major and key challenges regarding China"s socioeconomic development and national security.
Wang also asked them to pay greater attention to basic research, optimize institutional management, strengthen social services using new technologies and uphold scientific integrity.
"Right now, we are on the verge of major breakthroughs for the next technological revolution and industrial change, and we cannot afford to miss these opportunities like we did previously," Li said.
NSFC will formulate reforms to better support advanced science fields that can breed major breakthroughs, and nurture world-class talents to enhance basic research and its applications, thus solving major obstacles, Li said.
Examples of the reform include a revamping of the application, evaluation, funding, management and supervision processes of the NSFC"s resources. Parts of the reform will be implemented in selected scientific projects next year, he said.
NSFC will create new mechanisms for funding and integrating different disciplines and their scientific applications, as well as building a smart evaluation system powered by artificial intelligence and other modern technologies, he added.
NSFC will also establish a strategic counseling committee, starting next year, to study research priorities, resource allocations and major scientific issues, Li said.
Training innovative talents will be a priority for NSFC, Li said, and a more comprehensive talent support system is in the works, alongside a mechanism that links basic research, applied research and commercialization.
NSFC"s budget grew from 16.1 billion yuan ($2.49 billion) in 2013 to 26.7 billion yuan last year and has helped more than 739,000 researchers throughout China, according to its annual report.
Globally, NSFC has funded 4,398 science projects and has partnered with more than 91 scientific foundations from 49 countries and regions.polynesian wristband tattoo designscustom womens braceletsrubber wristbands australiacustom watch braceletcamo silicone bracelets