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ISCP China

The International Strategic Collaboration Programme: China (ISCP China) aims to build research capacity between Irish and Chinese universities and knowledge-intense industries in the strategically important areas of ICT, biomedical science and nanotechnology. The main objectives of ISCP China are to:

  • Strengthen and extend the existing research relationships between Irish researchers, leading Chinese Institutions and key state laboratories through knowledge and people exchange.
  • Develop new China–Ireland partnerships focused on research excellence in our strategic thematic areas, that will prove competitive, sustainable and scaleable in international funding programmes.
  • Build greater cultural understanding between the research communities of the two countries as an important element of future research cooperation.
  • Utilise the experience of research collaboration with China to help Irish companies compete in the world’s second largest economy and to encourage foreign direct investment into Ireland for national economic benefit.

NUI Maynooth leads the programme in collaboration with Dublin City University, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin and the Dublin Institute of Technology together with 39 different Chinese Institutions.

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China Ireland 

The China–Ireland Research consortium aims to build a cohesive infrastructure for the development of strategic links between Irish Research Institutions and Chinese academia and industry. The goal of China–Ireland Research is to build on individual strengths and consolidate interactions around a shared agenda in order to develop research and innovation collaborations in three key thematic areas: Agri-Food, ICT and Health. The principles underpinning the China–Ireland Research programme include:

  • Building credibility as a truly national programme.
  • Engaging with the best research teams in China, sending top-class Irish researchers to work with them.
  • Identifying and prioritising shared objectives between the consortium and Export Trade Council.
  • Delivering early success to build sustainability while ensuring long-term larger objectives are met.

The China–Ireland Research consortium is led by University College Dublin, together with its partners Cork Institute of Technology, NUI Galway, Teagasc, University College Cork, University of Limerick and Waterford Institute of Technology, and is active in three regional bases in China—Beijing, Shanghai, and the Shenzhen-Hong Kong area.

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