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My winning proposal: Kick-starting collaborations in China

How a Chinese Academy of Sciences grant opened up fresh research avenues

Top tips:

  • Finding a motivated Chinese collaborator is crucial to success as it is the partner who submits the bid.
  • Highlight common research interests in academy bids and the potential for ongoing connections in your application.
  • Identify benefits for your research, such as learning new experimental techniques.
  • The application is straightforward; do not be put off by fear of heavy bureaucracy.

In 2018, Christa Fittschen achieved a small milestone in Franco-Chinese relations, becoming the first French person to hold a ten-year visa designed to bring foreign talent to China. An atmospheric chemist at the University of Lille, Fittschen was eligible for the visa after winning a mobility grant under the President’s International Fellowship Initiative at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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