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Press Release 09-073
NSF and People's Republic of China Extend China's Participation in East Asian Pacific Summer Institute Program

NSF Director Arden L. Bement, Jr., with Liu Yangong, a state councilor of the PRC.

NSF Director Arden L. Bement, Jr., with Liu Yangong, a state councilor of the PRC.
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April 16, 2009

During a visit to the National Science Foundation (NSF), Liu Yandong, state councilor for science, technology, education, sport and culture for the People's Republic of China met with U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Arden L. Bement, Jr., to sign a formal agreement to renew the U.S.-China Cooperative Arrangement for NSF's Summer Institute in China Program.

This agreement enables the continuation of China's participation in NSF's East Asian Pacific Institute (EAPSI) program. EAPSI introduces U.S. graduate students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting in host laboratories in host laboratories in China, Australia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan, to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts.

Bement and Vice-Minister for Science and Technology Li Xueyong, who accompanied Liu to the meeting, signed the only agreement that the delegation will sign during her visit to the U.S. The two met earlier at a lunch hosted by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

In 2002, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and NSF signed the U.S.-China Cooperative Arrangement for the Summer Institute in China Program, which supports U.S. graduate students to do research in China, as part of NSF's East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Program. Under the arrangement, NSF has been selecting approximately 35 U.S. science and engineering graduate students annually to spend eight weeks doing research at universities and research laboratories in Beijing, Shanghai, Xian and Kunming.

While NSF funds only U.S. researchers, it is actively involved with other projects involving China. Currently NSF has active awards for 150 to 200 projects involving China, with a total NSF investment to the U.S. universities averaging between $15 and $20 million, covering all areas of basic research in science and education.

Among these, NSF's Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program supports innovative, international research and education collaborations. Each award is for up to $2.5 million for five years.

Six PIRE projects out of a current total of 32 are collaborating with China, in the areas of chemistry, biology, engineering, earthquakes, and environmental science. MOST is currently providing Chinese-aid funding for the project between the University of California at Santa Barbara and the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics on surface chemistry and catalysis.

NSF and the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are actively engaged in climate change cooperation, with the second U.S.-China bilateral workshop on climate change scheduled for October 19-31, 2009, following on the first NSFC-NSF workshop on Climate Change held in Shanghai in August 2008.


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Lisa-Joy Zgorski, NSF, (703) 292-8311, lzgorski@nsf.gov

Program Contacts
William Y. B. Chang, NSF, (703) 292-7239, wychang@nsf.gov

Related Websites
EAPSI Program Guidelines: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5284
Behind the Scenes, "My Research: I Burn Stuff," by EAPSI participant Abigail Watrous: http://www.livescience.com/environment/080530-bts-chinese-combustibles.html
Behind the Scenes: "40 Million Electric Bikes Spark Dilemma in China," by EAPSI participant Christopher Cherry: http://www.livescience.com/environment/071109-bts-electric-bikes.html

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Photo of people riding electric bikes in China.
EAPSI scholar Christopher Cherry studied the phenomenon of electric bikes in China.
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Photo of Summer Institute in China, Class of 2007, with the U.S. Ambassador to China.
Summer Institute in China, Class of 2007, with Clark T. Randt, Jr., U.S. Ambassador to China.
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Photo of a parking lot in China filled with electric bikes.
This scene from a parking lot in China drives home the growing popularity of electric bikes.
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Photo of Abigail Watrous, EAPSI participant in China.
Abigail Watrous, EAPSI participant in China, studied renewable energy technologies in China.
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Photo of a blazing hot coal burning stove in a village outside of Beijing.
A coal burning stove in a village outside of Beijing blazes hot.
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