SEK 8 75 million for research exchange with China

The Swedish Energy Agency has awarded a grant of SEK 8,750,000 to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) to support the creation of a research exchange programme with China in the field of energy. The focus will be on renewable energy, in particular bioenergy. The counterpart is the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE).

The Swedish Energy Agency's task is to promote strategic collaboration on energy with China (and India) in order to support the work of these countries in reducing their emissions that have an impact on the climate. Sweden and China have had a bilateral research agreement since 2004. In purely practical terms this involves Swedish researchers spending 3-12 months in China, and vice versa. The Swedish Energy Agency emphasises that it is important that there are exchanges in areas that are already established areas of research, and to which national research financing is already being allocated. This is to guarantee that the output has a high degree of relevance for energy and quickly generates value for both countries.

IVA is already running projects with China in the field of the environment and energy. These are financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and are of a different nature than this direct research exchange programme.