Fund Inquire

基金一般分为省部基金和国家基金 。

Funds are generally divided into provincial funds and national funds.

国家自然科学基金 The National Natural Science Fund


The programs funded by The National Natural Science Fund are mainly in the following categories: General Program, Key Program, Major Program, Major Research Program, National Science Fund for Distinguished Youth Scholars, Overseas, Joint Research Fund for Overseas Chinese, Hong Kong and Macao Young Scholars, Fund for Creative Research Groups, National Science Fund for Fostering Talents in Basic Science , Special Program, Joint Fund Programs and Supported by Projects of International Cooperation and Exchanges NSFC. Some fund categories can be further refined through descriptions and notes. All those fund categories are emphasized differently and mutual complement. They together constitute the current funding system of natural science fund. It shall deliver the application materials to the National Natural Science Fund in each March.


The General Program is the major part of the Natural Science Fund's funding system. It includes three Asian International Nature Foundation funds: the Free Applicant, the Young Scientists Fund and the Regional Science Foundation, which account for over 60% of the total funding of the natural science fund program. In 2006, it reached 71.89%, mainly supporting scientific and technological workers to select topics with the help of the National Natural Science Fund, and carry out innovative scientific research. The timeline for funding is usually three years. The main body of the application must be written in accordance with the outline and requirements of the general program.


The Key Program is another important part in the National Natural Science Fund's funding system. It mainly supports scientific and technological workers to combine the needs of the country, grasp the frontiers of the world science, and aim at the important research fields or new disciplines, which have a good foundation and accumulated in China, to carry out deep, systematic and innovative research work. The Key Program is basically laid out according to the five-year plan. Each year, the program makes sure the research field for accepting applications, and publishes the Guidelines to guide application. The application for key program should reflect the limited objectives, limited scale and key principles. It also focuses on interdisciplinary and infiltration with the usage of the conditions of existing important science bases. Under normal circumstances, it is undertaken by one unit. If necessary, no more than two cooperative research units join it. The study period is generally 4 years (except for special situation).

国家基金入口 Web entry of national fund



Whether it is a national or a provincial natural science fund, the application and the conclusion of the program require a considerable amount of SCI as a support, so the publication in SCI journal is particularly important.


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