National Natural Science Foundation of China Joint Projects

The RSE – NNSFC Joint Project scheme is designed to facilitate international collaboration between researchers based in Scotland and China. A grant is provided to researchers to cover travel, subsistence and research expenses.

This scheme is available for Scottish-based researchers only, and is not available for researchers based in the rest of the UK. Researchers based outside Scotland may wish to apply to the Royal Society (of London) Joint Project scheme.

The collaboration should be based on a single project, with two teams or individuals based in Scotland and China. A relationship must have already been establishd between the Scotland-based and China-based researchers. The collaboration should involve bilateral exchanges between Scotland and China (applications will only be considered for bilateral, not multi-lateral, projects).


The subject area for RSE – NNSFC Joint Projects commencing in March 2017 will be: 

Sensors and Imaging Systems - Hyper spectral imaging technologies: • Remote surveying of marine energy sites• Land use monitoring• Water body surveying including flood monitoring and prevention.
  • Oil and Gas: Reservior Geophysics

For work outside this area, applicants may wish to consider applying to the Royal Society (of London) Joint Project scheme.


Joint Projects are intended for researchers of proven ability, employed by research institutions in Scotland and China. The Project Leaders must be of at least postdoctoral status or equivalent. The Project Leader from China must be eligible to apply for an NNSFC grant.

Duration of the Joint Project grant

The Joint Project scheme runs for two years.

Value of award

The RSE grant provides a maximum of £6,000 per year. This funding is to be used for travel and subsistence, with the option of using up to £1,000 on research expenses. A similar level of funding will be provided by the NNSFC to the China based applicant.

Closing dates

The closing date (for Joint Projects commencing in March 2017) is 30 November 2016.

Forms and Guidance

Application Form 

Referee Form

Guidance Notes 

Conditions of Award 


If you would like further information about this scheme or the submission of your application, please contact the Awards Office: international@royalsoced.org.uk, tel: 0131 240 2782


2010 (for Spring 2011)

  • Analysis and synthesis of stochastic hybrid systems and their applications to freeway traffic control.Professor X Mao FRSE, University of Strathclyde. Assistant Professor Liguo Zhang.Beijing University of Technology
  • Object Identification for Complex Data. Professor W Fan, University of Edinburgh.  Dr Hongzhi Wang.Harbin Institute of Technology
  • Unified articulartory-acoustic modelling for flexible and controllable speech synthesis. Dr J Yamagishi, University of Edinburgh. Dr Zhenhua Ling.University of Science and Technology of China
  • An approach to modelling and evolution of service architecture and its reliability in clouds. Dr X Liu, Edinburgh Napier University. Dr Huiqun Zhao, North China University of Technology
  • Towards a context-sensitive high-order language model for information retrieval via information geometry. Professor D Song, Robert Gordon University. Associate Professor Yuexian Hou, Tianjin University
  • Research on modulation and coding for EWB over fiber signals. Dr X Wang, Heriot-Watt University. Associate Professor Hongwei Chen, Tsinghua University
  • Fundamentals for a chaos-based wireless underwater communication system. Dr M Baptista, University of Aberdeen. Professor Hai Peng Ren.Xi'an University of Technology

2009 (for Spring 2010)

  • Specific gene therapy of oncolytic adenovirus inserted by E1A gene with Uroplakin promoter in bladder cancer. Professor Fouad Habib, University of Edinburgh, Professor Zhiping Wang, Lanzhou University Second Hospital
  • Mechanism of ribosomal antibiotic resistance and identification of new antibiotic targets
  • Professor David Lilley, University of Dundee, Professor Alastair Murchie, Fudan University
  • Identification and structural analysis of tobacco vein banding mosaic virus HC-Pro, VPg pathogenicity complex. Dr Huanting Liu, University of St Andrews, Professor Xiangdong Li, Shandong Agricultural University.
  • Reproductive performance of the Mongolian gerbil (Meriones ungulatus) under variable environmental conditions. Professor John Speakman, University of Aberdeen, Professor De-Hua Wang, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Reproductive biology of an alien weed (Solanum rostratum, Solanaceae) and its potential for evolutionary modification. Dr Mario Vallejo-Marin, University of Stirling, Dr Anru Lou, Beijing Normal University
  • Analysis of musculoskeletal models of the upper-limb and stability of the frame-walking-assistant during gait. Dr Weijie Wang, Ninewells Hospital, University of Dundee, Associate Professor Dong Ming, Tianjin University


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