On Friday 20th April, 2012, a delegation from the National Science Council of Taiwan led by Deputy Minister Dr. Cheng-Hong Chen visited the French National Research Agency (ANR). The meeting was held in the presence of Dr. Pascal Briand, Director General of ANR. The excellent relationship between ANR and NSC was highlighted; they have co-funded 33 French-Taiwanese collaborative projects since the beginning of the collaboration in 2007.
The NSC is the first non-European funding agency to have signed a collaboration agreement with the ANR. The collaboration was initiated in the framework of the ANRâs non-thematic Blanc programme in all research fields, and was then extended in 2009 to the TecSan programme on technologies for health and autonomy. The ANR and NSC would like to further promote the building of quality research projects in public-private partnership in the field of technologies for health and autonomy, and therefore plan to organise a workshop gathering public and private stakeholders from both countries before the end of 2012.