The Netherlands and China are long-term partners in international research collaboration. The first scientific exchange programme was implemented over 30 years ago. Since the early 1990s the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences coordinates the funding programmes on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
In 2009, the Academy and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) developed a joint strategic policy on stimulating science and research collaboration with China. It was aimed at closer cooperation and more efficient coordination of new and existing funding programmes.
All programmes promoting scientific cooperation with China aim to expand and deepen Sino-Dutch scientific cooperation based on academic excellence and mutual interests and benefits. To this end, the partners make funding available for both mobility and joint research. The programmes target specific forms of cooperation, research themes and/or specific groups of researchers.
A number of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) set the policy framework for the scientific cooperation with China. The MoUs are available upon request.