Scientific Cooperation China - Netherlands

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.

The programmes are now drawing to an end. The China Exchange Programme will conclude in the course of 2019, and the Programme Strategic Scientific Alliances in 2021. The Academy will not be issuing any new calls for proposals. 


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.

Policy framework

A number of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) set the policy framework for the scientific cooperation with China. The MoUs are available upon request.

Organisation and administration

The KNAW NWO China Committee is responsible for shaping, implementing and monitoring scientific cooperation with China. The China desk supports the China committee in achieving these goals.