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Asia

In response to the dynamic development of research, technology and innovation in several Asian countries, most notably China and South Korea, the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) is carrying out priority actions on a bilateral and multilateral basis with the countries and regions outlined below.

China

Asia’s dynamic growth is especially prominent in science and research. China in particular is striving to assume the role of global leader in these fields through enormous investments as well as national and international development programmes. Cooperation with China is therefore of vital significance. There are many direct cooperation relationships between Austrian and Chinese universities and research institutions such as the Austrian Academies of Sciences. In addition, the BMBWF runs a bilateral funding programme with the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) involving bilateral Scientific & Technological Cooperation aimed at further stimulating research cooperation. Under the bilateral intergovernmental agreement on scientific and technological cooperation signed in 1984, the BMBWF and MOST have been funding cooperation among researchers from both countries on joint projects for more than 30 years. The Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD) handles the projects in Austria. For information on current calls for project proposals, visit: Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD)

Since 2008, the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) has supported building up the Sino-Austrian TCM Research Cluster to conduct research on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The BMBWF has been carrying out these efforts in consultation with the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection (BMSGPK) and the Chinese Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (CACMS). This work has laid a stable foundation for the bilateral TCM Research Cluster to engage in long-term cooperation. Researchers from seven Austrian universities are conducting research with their Chinese counterparts from the CACMS on alternating general topics pertaining to aspects of TCM.

In 2012, the BMBWF set up a field office for science, research, technology and innovation at the Austrian Embassy in Beijing. It took this step in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Europe and International Affairs (BMEIA), the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) and the Federal Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW). This “Office of Science and Technology Austria”, OSTA Beijing for short, has been instrumental in deepening the cooperation between China and Austria on research and technology in specific ways. It also supports efforts to put Austrian universities and research institutions on a more international footing by providing local expertise and high-level contacts on site.

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India

In recent years, India has become substantially more significant as a production location and a sales market in the global economic system. Over that same period, Indian research institutions have moved to top spots in international rankings, underscoring the important role India plays in science and research.

In response to this development, the BMBWF is taking strategic actions to intensify bilateral and multilateral cooperation on research.

The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Austria and the Government of the Republic of India on Scientific & Technological Co-operation was signed in 2007 to help Austrian researchers to build up contacts and project partnerships with Indian research institutions. Under this agreement, the two countries draw up multi-annual work programmes to set joint research priorities and conduct calls for proposals on bilateral research projects. For information on the current calls for project proposals, please visit the Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD)

The Austrian Science Fund (FWF), in tandem with the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST), is also conducting regular calls for proposals pertaining to the funding of bilateral research projects.

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Vietnam

Like China and India, the country of Vietnam is also open to international cooperation and has major potential in the fields of science and research. The Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), which was extended in October 2018. Under this MoU, calls for proposals on bilateral research projects are conducted on a regular basis. The aim is to strengthen cooperation between joint Austrian-Vietnamese research teams and to give up-and-coming researchers in particular a chance to build up international contacts and networks right at the start of their careers.

For information on the current calls for project proposals in this context, please visit the Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD).

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South Korea

South Korea is one of the world’s leading nations in research and innovation. Eager to further stimulate cooperation between Austrian and South Korean research institutions through a bilateral cooperation programme, the BMBWF signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in February 2019 with the South Korean Ministry of Science and ICT. Under the MoU, Austrian and South Korean researchers receive funding to cover travel and stays they undertake for the purpose of conducting bilateral research projects.
For information on the current calls for project proposals in this context, please visit the Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD).

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