CO-REACH - Coordination of Research between Europe and China

CO-REACH was a network of European S&T policy and funding organisations involved in promoting research co-operation between the EU and China in natural sciences, medical and life sciences, engineering sciences, social sciences and humanities. This network intended to create coherence and synergy in Europe’s S&T relations with China by promoting the co-ordination of China related policies and associated research funding programmes of individual European countries.

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CO-REACH is supported by the European Commission as an ERA-NET Co-ordination Action. The ERA-NET scheme is the principal means for FP6 to support the coherence and co-ordination of national or regional research programmes within Europe, thereby making a reality of the European Research Area (ERA).

Partners:

Project aims

The primary goal of CO-REACH is to develop joint activities and, ultimately, to establish one or more new European programmes of research co-operation with China. These new programmes will build on the strengths of CO-REACH partners’ existing bilateral programmes with China and will collectively address priority issues that fall beyond the capacities of individual European countries.

In pursuing this goal, CO-REACH seeks to fulfil four main objectives, namely:

  • To contribute towards building the ERA by counteracting the fragmentation of institutional, national and regional efforts at promoting research co-operation with China
  • To strengthen the international dimension of the ERA and provide a gateway to European S&T for Chinese organisations and researchers.
  • To strengthen European S&T relations with China by building the critical mass required for the support of new European programmes of research co-operation with China, and making optimal and durable use of resources to benefit European and Chinese S&T communities, economies and societies.
  • To foster strategic policy-making on European research co-operation with China and to identify critical research needs and priorities, as well as future challenges and opportunities, in both Europe and China.

 

Active cooperation of the International Bureau

The International Bureau is authorized by the BMBF to act as National Contact Point for the German participation in the CO-REACH Pilot Call in Social Science Research. The design and implementation of this call was carried out until May 2009 in very close cooperation with the Joint Call Secretariat, which was located at the German Research Foundation (DFG). The International Bureau was responsible for the implementation of the online web-tool “pt-outline” for submission and evaluation of applications.

CO-REACH pilot call in Social Sciences and Humanities

In August 2008, the CO-REACH network launched the first multi-lateral Sino-European research programme in the field of social science research. The aim of the CO-REACH pilot call is to stimulate joint research between Europe and China by supporting collaborative research initiatives in thematic areas in the social sciences and humanities. This multilateral Sino-European pilot call is jointly funded by 11 research funding organisations from 6 European countries and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences from China. 
The outcomes of this exercise reveal that there is great interest amongst the research communities in China and Europe in developing joint research initiatives in the fields of social sciences and humanities (cultural heritage). In the pre-registration phase a total of 118 pre-registrations were received and during the subsequent full proposal phase more than 80 Sino-European research teams submitted a full proposal. All networks are truly multilateral, as the minimum requirement was that the networks should comprise at least two research groups from two different European countries and a research group from China (CASS institute).
The assessment and selection procedure of the proposals, involving a written international peer review procedure and assessment by a Scientific Evaluation Committee, was undertaken in the first half of 2009. The funding partners unanimously selected fourteen projects for funding. Interestingly enough, the fourteen projects cover all five thematic areas featured in the call for proposals:

- Demography, family and welfare
- Cultural heritage
- Law, governance and policy-making
- Participation, co-determination, employment and the quality of life
- Labour market change, migration and social cohesion

Moreover, in terms of geographical representation all participating countries are involved in at least one of the projects.
The progress and outcomes of the research projects shall be closely monitored by the funding partners. Furthermore, CO-REACH decided to organise a mid-term conference at the end of 2010 aimed at reporting on progress made by all principal investigators from China and Europe. Further information and announcements on this conference will be posted on the CO-REACH website in due course. The outcomes of this pilot call will also be considered with high priority in the development of a follow-up phase for the CO-REACH project after its initial lifetime, which will end in May 2010.

Overview Selected Proposals CO-REACH Social Science Call

 

 

Project Title

 

 

European PI

 

 

Chinese PI

 

 

Consortium Partners

 

 

Collaborating countries

 

 

EUROPEAN-CHINESE BIOARCHAEOLOGY COLLABORATION - Contributing to a Broader Agenda

 

 

Dr. Keith Dobney, Durham University

 

 

Prof. Jing YUAN CASS

 

 

Prof. Jean-Denis Vigne, CNRS

 

Prof. Mike Richards, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

 

 

China

 

France

 

Germany

 

UK

 

 

Europe and China: Addressing New International Security and Development Challenges in Africa

 

 

Dr. Catherine Gegout, University of Nottingham

 

 

Prof. Hong ZHOU CASS

 

 

Prof. Daniel Bach, Sciences Po Bordeaux

 

 

China

 

France

 

UK

 

 

Employment, innovation and welfare: A comparative study of Europe and China

 

 

Prof. Pierre Mohnen, University of Maastricht

 

 

Prof. Peiyong GAO, CASS

 

 

Dr. Georg Licht, Zentrum für europ. Wirtschaftsforschung Prof. Benoit Mulkay, University of Toulouse Pof. Yanyun ZHAO, Renmin University

 

 

China

 

France

 

Germany

 

The Netherlands

 

 

International Migrants’ Ethnicity and Its Impact on Labour Markets of the Receiving Countries: A Comparative Study among China, Netherland, Germany, France and UK

 

 

Prof. Ludger Pries, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

 

 

Prof. Hao SHIYUAN, CASS

 

 

Prof. Catherine de Wenden, Sciences Po Prof. Ayse Caglar, Central European University, Hungary Prof. Ron Skeldon, University of Sussex

 

 

China

 

France

 

Germany

 

Hungary

 

The Netherlands

 

UK

 

 

River Basin Governance: IRBM in the European Union and China

 

 

Prof. Keith Richards, University of Cambridge

 

 

Prof. Jiahua PAN, CASS

 

 

Dr. Timothy Moss, Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning

 

 

China

 

Germany

 

UK

 

 

Stakeholders and gatekeepers as agents of more effective corporate governance

 

 

Prof. Roman Tomasic, Durham University

 

 

Prof. Su CHEN, CASS

 

 

Prof. Helmut Kohl, Goethe-University of Frankfurt

 

 

China

 

Germany

 

UK

 

 

Structures and Legacies of Dynastic Power (in late imperial China and Early Modern Europe)

 

 

Prof. Jeroen Duindam, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

 

 

Prof. Boya WU, CASS

 

 

Prof. Sabine Dabringhaus, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg

 

 

China

 

Germany

 

The Netherlands

 

 

Internal mobility and integration in China and the European Union

 

 

Prof. Bill Jordan, Plymouth University

 

 

Prof. Juwei ZHANG, CASS

 

 

Dr. Dita Vogel, Hamburg Institute of Int. Economics GmbH

 

 

China

 

Germany

 

UK

 

 

Renewable Energy Governance in China and the EU

 

 

Prof. Arthur Mol, Wageningen University

 

 

Mr. Quin TU Ph.D, CASS

 

 

Prof. Miranda Schreurs, Free University of Berlin

 

 

China

 

Germany

 

The Netherlands

 

 

The Impact of Emerging Power: China-EU cooperation and global governance

 

 

Dr. Doris Fischer, German Development Institute

 

 

Prof. Yizhou WANG, CASS

 

 

Prof. John Humphrey, University of Sussex

 

 

China

 

Germany

 

UK

 

 

Comparative research on Regulatory law Enforcement in China and the EU

 

 

Dr. Benjamin van Rooij, Leiden University

 

 

Prof. Hanhua ZHOU, CASS

 

 

Prof. Bridget Hutter, London School of Economics and Political Science

 

 

China

 

The Netherlands

 

UK

 

 

Cultural Heritage in China: Changing Trajectories, Changing Tasks

 

 

Prof. Harriet Evans, University of Westminster

 

 

Dr. Jiang BAO, CASS

 

 

Dr. Mayke Wagner, German Archaeological Institute

 

 

China

 

Germany

 

UK

 

 

Intellectual Property Rights in the New Media Environment

 

 

Prof. Ian Lloyd, Strathclyde University

 

 

Prof. Li MINGDE, CASS

 

 

Prof. Wolfgang Schulz, Hans-Bredow-Institut für Medienforschung,

 

Prof. Andreas Wiebe, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration Prof. Willem Grosheide, Molengraaff Institute for Private Law, Utrecht University

 

 

Austria

 

China

 

Germany

 

The Netherlands

 

UK

 

 

Documentation and Archiving id oral tradition: Researches and Interdisciplinary Approaches

 

 

Mr. Lauri Harvilahti, Finnish Literature Society

 

 

Mr. Hubin YIN, CASS

 

 

Dr. Aone van Engelenhoven, University of Leiden

 

 

China

 

Finland

 

The Netherlands