On September 24, 2015 RSF Director General Alexander Khlunov and Deputy Minister Prof. Y.B. Lin signed an agreement on cooperation between the Russian Science Foundation and the Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan.
"Science has no boundaries. According to empirical studies, international cooperative projects in research in terms of efficiency are 2-3 times better than the national projects. In this context, we have absolute priority in the development of international cooperation. The Russian Science Foundation is proud of having more than 150 leading foreign scientists funded by RSF as well as maintaining the world-class peer-review panel involving more than 800 international experts ", - noted in his welcoming speech, Alexander Khlunov.
Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Taiwan Prof. Y.B. Lin stated that the cooperation between the two countries had been at different levels over the past 10 years of cooperation. However, the small size of grants for research left to be desired. With the establishment of RSF the sufficient financial support has become accessible. "I very much hope that our cooperation will generate successful fundamental and innovative results", - said the Deputy Minister.
The agreement provides ground for the future joint calls of proposals to support international cooperation in the field of fundamental and exploratory research. The first call is planned to be announced as early as in November this year. The results will be announced next summer. The second call will be open in May 2016 with winners announced by December 2016. The process of project evaluation will be based on the principle of "two keys" when both parties have equal rights in decision-making.