China-Quebec Collaboration in Science and Technology Results of the Premier's Mission to China

Quebec, May 29, 2007—The Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade (MDEIE) and Minister of Tourism, Raymond Bachand, today signed a joint declaration in science and technology with the Vice-Minister of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China, SHANG Yong. In signing this declaration, they launched an invitation for proposals aimed at Quebec and Chinese research institutions and companies for joint research projects.
This declaration provides for an investment of $1.6 M, i.e., $800,000 from each party, in support of the development of China-Quebec research projects over the next three years.
“Such action is perfectly in keeping with the spirit of the Quebec Research and Innovation Strategy. If they want to carry out world-class research and stay competitive, Quebec researchers and companies must develop international partnerships. China is a world leader in this field. Quebec companies associated with research institutions will accordingly get the opportunity to establish relations with key partners to pool their knowledge and thus contribute to furthering the prosperity of Quebec,” concluded Mr. Bachand.
Priority will be granted to research projects focusing on biotechnologies, genomics, proteomics, health, marine sciences and information and communications technologies. Once they have found a partner in China, research centres and universities will have to submit their project to the government of Quebec by September 4, 2007. Chinese partners will do the same in their country. Minister Bachand and Vice-Minister Shang have agreed to hold a meeting of the Quebec-China joint working group in Beijing on October 25 and 26 of this year to select projects for funding.
The signing of this declaration follows from the Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement, renewed in September 2005 as part of the mission to China led by Premier Jean Charest. This mission also aimed to revive the scientific and technological cooperation between Quebec and China, taking into account the interests and needs of Quebec's institutions, as well as promote the excellence and attributes of Quebec's research and innovation system.
“This initiative is very much one of our international policy's five key priorities—that of strengthening Quebec's growth and prosperity by placing knowledge, innovation and education at the heart of Quebec's international activities,” stated the Minister of International Relations, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay.
A sum of $750,000 will come from the Assistance for International Research and Innovation Initiatives program, the Quebec Research and Innovation Strategy and the MDEIE, and $50,000 from the 2006-2009 Action Plan linked to Quebec's International Policy.
For more information regarding the selection criteria and on how to apply, please go to www.mdeie.gouv.qc.ca/appelchine2007

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