Funding mechanisms available for European and Chinese partners involved in Cooperation programs with China

If you are interested in developing a cooperation project with China, finding funding is an important part of the tasks you have to develop. Here you can find a number of interesting links and information that may be relevant for having success to develop your project idea.

Dragon star project

“DRAGON-STAR is funded by FP7, aiming to support the Chinese participation in Horizon 2020, the reciprocity originating from the signed EU-China Scientific Cooperation Agreement, the bilateral cooperation in scientific, technological and industrial research and innovation fields, and the ongoing EU – China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue”.


Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation,


Euroacess link

The EURAXESS Links China Newsletter is a monthly electronic newsletter that offers information of interest to European researchers in China, as well as to Chinese researchers with a specific interest in Europe. Examples of information in the newsletter are: job postings, calls for proposals and research and innovation related news.

The funding guide lists funding schemes supporting mobility towards Europe or China and Sino-European collaborations in all fields of research. 2014 edition is now available here.


Partnership Instrument

Through the Partnership Instrument (PI), the EU cooperates with partners around the world to advance the Union’s strategic interests and tackle global challenges. The PI will fund activities that carry EU agendas with partner countries forward, translating political commitments into concrete measures. However, the Partnership Instrument “will not address global challenges such as climate change, energy security or the protection of the environment from a development aid angle/perspective”. “In terms of global challenges, the PI will need to address as a matter of priority the linked issues of climate change, energy security and the environment, including biodiversity, protection of forests and fragile environments such as oceans, water, and raw materials”.

  • Partnership Instrument regulation available here.
  • Partnership Instrument strategy available here.



Interreg Initiative

The European Territorial Co-operation objective is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and supports cross-border, transnational and interregional co-operation programmes. The initiatives provide funding from partners from European Union, however, involvement of partners outside Europe is possible only they provide own costs “and as long as their participation is clearly justified in the application form. Their involvement has to be relevant to the overall objective of the project, in particular to the exchange of experience at policy level. This partner also needs to fulfil the partner eligibility requirements set by the programme, i.e. being a public body or a body governed by public law. Provided that the above conditions are fulfilled, the partner will be then considered as an official partner, listed in the application form and required to provide a financing statement covering the total contribution of this partner to the project.”


DCI (Development Cooperation Instrument),

“The primary objective of cooperation under the DCI is the eradication of poverty; other aims are to achieve the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post‐2015 Development Agenda, sustainable economic, social and environmental development; and to consolidate and support democracy, the rule of law, good governance, human rights and international law.”