China Exchange Programme

The China Exchange Programme (CEP) aims to foster scientific research cooperation between the Netherlands and the People’s Republic of China. CEP supports (the initiation of) collaboration in all fields of science.

The programme facilitates the exchanges of junior researchers, short-term joint research projects, and a yearly themed summer school.

The programme is carried out within the framework of the memoranda of understanding between the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) and three Chinese counterpart organizations, the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).


The programme offers three types of funding:

  • Joint Research Projects
    Financial support for Dutch universities, research institutes, laboratories, or research groups wishing to carry out a joint research project of mutual scientific benefit with Chinese counterparts.
  • Summer School
    Financial support for a themed summer school to be organised primarily by researchers affiliated to a Dutch university or research institute together with researchers from a Chinese university or research institute. The summer school should be held in China and open for at least Dutch and Chinese researchers/scholars. The summer school should be interdisciplinary or in-depth within one discipline. The intention of the summer school should be to exchange knowledge on multiple levels and to initiate new connections between Chinese and Dutch researchers.
  • Individual Visits
    Grants for individual junior researchers, Dutch or Chinese, who wish to conduct research or education in respectively China or the Netherlands. The intention of the visit should be to enrich their ongoing research project and to establish new connections.


The total annual budget is EUR 470,000 to be divided between the three types of funding.

Joint Research Projects - EUR 320,000 per year

Summer Schools -  EUR 50,000 per year

Individual Visits -  EUR 100,000 per year