Indigenous Technological Innovation : Capability and Competitiveness in China's Western Region

China has experienced extraordinary economic growth over the past 20 years. Nevertheless, the vast western region of the country tends to lag behind the dynamic eastern coastline. The gap between the two is an ongoing matter of concern to both central and regional governments. During its 1999 economic conference, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China released a strategy for the development of the western region that included (among other things) revamping the infrastructure, reviewing fiscal policies, promoting trade and investment, and strengthening science and technology (S&T) and innovation capability. This grant will allow the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) to undertake a three-year project designed to enhance indigenous technological innovation and competitiveness in the western region. The project will be implemented through a competitive process involving an annual call for proposals on specific themes, as determined by a Steering Committee of experts drawn from government agencies, universities and research institutions all over the country. It is expected to generate a body of evidence that will aid Chinese policymakers to develop and implement effective policies for enhancing indigenous innovations in the west.

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Project status


Start Date

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

End Date

Thursday, November 4, 2010


36 months

IDRC Officer

Osir, Ellie Onyango

Total funding

CA$ 503,400


China, Far East Asia, Central Asia, South Asia


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Wang Qiang


China. Ministry of Science and Technology

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