Advanced Materials – The 5th bilateral joint call between CAS and FFG started

Fruitful cooperation between the Chinese and the Austrian research institutions

Photo: Logos of BMVIT and CAS

The 5th bilateral joint call between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) was launched on January, 30 2019. The aim of this Austrian-Chinese Cooperative R&D Project is to support jointly identified research topics on advanced materials with mutual interests and scientific excellence based on the existing cooperation agreement between FFG and CAS. The joint research proposal must address at least one of the following topics: 1. Renewable Materials 2. Materials for energy and processing 3. 3D-printing 4. Material characterization 5. Surfaces and coatings 6. Nanomedicine and nanosafety. The application deadline is at 5:00 p.m. 10th May 2019 (Beijing time).


Workshop and welcome reception at the Austrian Embassy Beijing

Austrian and Chinese scientists share experience in nanotechnology cooperation

Photo: Philipp Agathonos welcomes the guests at the reception

On the occasion of the visit of the Austrian delegation of nanotechnology experts, OSTA organized a workshop on the topic “results of the nano delegation visit to China 2015” at the Austrian embassy on the 14 September 2017.

In the framework of the joint call between Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), three joint research projects were selected in 2015 and financially supported. The Chinese project winners from Institute of Microelectronics CAS, Institute of Chemistry CAS und Institute of Physics CAS were invited to the workshop and introduced their research projects jointly with their Austrian partners.

Top researchers from the Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems of the Chinese Academy of Sciences also attended the workshop and presented their research projects. Following the workshop, all the participants were invited to a welcome reception at the Austrian Embassy.



Austrian nanotechnology delegation visits China in 2017

Austrian scientists and entrepreneurs in the field nanotechnology visit China

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Photo: Group photo in Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology

A delegation with 21 Austrian nanotechnology experts from excellent Austrian universities, research organizations and representatives from Austrian companies has successfully visited China from 10-15 September this year. The delegation was led by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and organized in collaboration with Advantage Austria, the Austrian Chamber of Commerce. During their visit, the Austrian experts participated in diverse roundtables on nanoscience and nanotechnology, which were co-organized with institutes of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Shenzhen, Suzhou, Beijing as well as the Shanghai University. The main purpose of the visit is finding more potential cooperation partners and preparing for the upcoming joint calls: the fourth joint call between Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and CAS and the third joint call between FFG and Shanghai University.

On the 11 September, Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (SIAT) hosted the roundtable. Officials from SIAT, Shenzhen New Material Industrial Association and Shenzhen Science & Technology Development Exchange Center were present and delivered welcome address. On the following day, the delegation visited Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics (SINANO) in Suzhou.

In Shanghai, the Austria-China Roundtable on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology has been held for three years, aiming at promoting the scientific exchange on nanoscience between Shanghai University and Austrian research institutions. Based on the successful roundtables in the past three years, six Sino-Austrian R&D projects have been launched since 2015. Both sides spoke highly of the ongoing joint research projects and believed this year’s roundtable will continue to strengthen the bilateral cooperation on nanotechnology.

In Beijing, the delegation was warmly welcomed by the Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS). A one-day event including roundtable, lab visit and individual science to science meetings were arranged, which enabled the participants to gain deeper insights into research areas of their potential cooperation partners and get closer contact with each other. Especially during the individual meetings, scientists from both sides expressed strong willingness to conduct concrete cooperation project and discussed potential projects in detail.




Preparations for the upcoming joint call with CAS are under way

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Photo: Sun Xuemei, Philipp Agathonos, Bian Lifeng, Lisa Kronreif, Luo Hao

24 Mai 2017 – In preparation for the fourth joint call between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, visited the Suzhou Institute of Nano-tech and Nano-bionics (SINANO), Chinese Academy of Sciences in Suzhou. In a friendly atmosphere, both sides expressed their interest in deepening the scientific collaboration in the field of nanotechnologies. In 2013, a Nano-Roundtable was successfully co-organised by OSTA and SINANO. From 10 September to 15 September this year, an Austrian delegation led by Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) will visit SINANO during their trip to China for a one-day event including lab visit and science-to-science talks. Lisa Kronreif, Vice Consul for Commercial Affairs from the Austrian Consulate in Shanghai also attended the Meeting.


Austria starts first call with Guangdong Province

Deepening research collaboration with China


27 April 2017 – After the successful signing of MoU between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Guangdong S&T Department in December 2016, the first Joint Call of the Guangdong-Austria Research Cooperation Programm was launched in April 2017. Companies and research institutes from Austria and the province of Guangdong can submit their cooperative proposals on the topic of ICT for smart cities, green and sustainable buildings for smart cities, smart energy systems and smart mobility. The total call budget for the Austrian project partners is EUR 1 million.


Joint Call on Graphen between FFG and Shanghai University launched

The second joint call with Shanghai University is open for proposals

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5 October 2016 – In the framework of the cooperation between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and renowned Shanghai University, a joint call for cooperativ R&D projects in the field of “graphen, functional nanomaterials and 3D-printing and processing” is open for submissions. FFG provides selected cooperative R&D project with financial support for a maximum of 3 years. The total call budget for the Austrian project partners is EUR 0.5 million (equivalent to around CNY 3,73 million). The funding amount for Austrian partners in a joint project must be between EUR 100,000 and EUR 500,000.

This is the second joint call between FFG and Shanghai University. Within the first joint call, three Sino-Austrian projects in the field of nanotechnology were successfully selected in 2015.


Cordial talk between OSTA and NCNST

Discussion about the cooperation between NCNST and Austria in the field of Nanoscience and Technology


Photo: ZHAO Yuliang, Peter Schintlmeister

28 September 2016 – Peter Schintlmeister, director of OSTA, visited the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) and held a fruitful talk with the Deputy Director-General Mr. ZHAO Yuliang about the research situation in the field of Nanoscience and Technology in both countries and the probable cooperation interests between NCNST, Austrian institutes and universities. Basic information about the NCNST and its special features compared to other CAS institutes respectively other institutes were kindly explained by Prof. Zhao. Matters about the research atmosphere, research policies and technology transfer of the research outcomes were exchanged.

The International conference on Nanoscience and Technology ChinaNANO which was 2005 firstly held by NCNST and takes place every two years, provides a good platform to connect institutes and researchers all over the world in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology and to stimulate discussions on the forefront of research. An Austrian Nano delegation consisting of Austrian institutes, universities and companies has respectively attended 2013 the Roundtable Opening of the ChiNano and the 6th ChinaNano 2015 in Beijing.  In the authumn 2017 an Austrian Nano delegation will again visit China and was kindly invited by Prof. Zhao to participate in ChinaNano 2017 in Beijing.


OSTA meets new DDG at CAS

Discussion about the ongoing cooperation between CAS and FFG and the upcoming ICT delegation


Photo: CAO Dianwen, Peter Schintlmeister

13 September 2016 – Peter Schintlmeister, director of OSTA, visited the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and was warmly welcomed by Mr. CAO Dianwen, new Deputy Director-General of its Bureau of International Cooperation. In a friendly atmosphere, matters about the cooperation between CAS and FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency) were discussed. The ongoing cooperation is deemed to run very smoothly and both sides expressed their interest in a continuation.

Currently a MoU between CAS and FFG is in force, signed in 2015 and agreeing on the implementation of three joint calls. Projects of the first call 2015 in the area of Nanotechnology are already being conducted. Presently projects of the second call in the area of Advanced Materials are being shortlisted for funding and preparations for the third call in the area of ICT are being made.

An Austrian delegation of scientists, researchers and other experts in ICT will come to China in March 2017, visit possible stakeholders and discuss potential cooperation projects. This trip will be realized in close cooperation with CAS, which will also suggest relevant institutes and organisations of interest for the visit.


Graphene Workshop in Vienna

Preparing the 2nd joint call between FFG and Shanghai University

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Photo: Peter Schintlmeister welcomes the experts

20 June 2016 – In the framework of the cooperation between FFG and Shanghai University, a delegation of Shanghai University, lead by Prof. Shi Liyi, vice director of the Nanoscience and Technology Research Center at Shanghai University, visits Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna), Montan-University Leoben, CTP Air Pollution Control and the Green Tech Cluster in Graz.

In preparation of the upcoming 2nd joint call between FFG and Shanghai University, a workshop on graphene-research was held at TU Vienna to present Austrian and Chinese expertise and to discuss joint research projects. Alexander Pogany, expert for national and international research policy in the area of industrial technologies at the BMVIT, and Peter Schintlmeister, director of OSTA, as well as Prof. Shi warmly welcomed the experts from China and Austria.


Delegation of Invest Shenzhen meets OSTA

Preparing a visit to Austrian research institutes

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Photo: Julia Wang, Yan Kai, Peter Schintlmeister, Li Qiyue, Lu Yunfan

9 May 2016 – A delegation of Invest Shenzhen visited OSTA in preparation of their journey to Vienna later this month. Invest Shenzhen intends to visit Austrian research institutes and companies mainly in the fields of life sciences, advanced materials and nanotechnology, who are interested in a cooperation with Shenzhen.