Sci­en­tific re­search sales rules to be eased fur­ther af­ter meet­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHANG YUE in Bei­jing zhangyue@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The cen­tral govern­ment is to fur­ther re­lax reg­u­la­tions cov­er­ing the trans­fer of sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal re­search achieve­ments from na­tional re­search in­sti­tu­tions to en­ter­prises.

The de­ci­sion was an­nounced on Wed­nes­day in a state­ment is­sued af­ter a State Coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing presided over by Premier Li Ke­qiang.

Mea­sures will be in­tro­duced to en­cour­age such sales.

First, na­tional re­search in­sti­tutes and univer­si­ties will have the right to sell their re­search find­ings to en­ter­prises with­out na­tional-level ap­proval.

The pol­icy is aimed at en­cour­ag­ing more sci­en­tific re­search achieve­ments to be sold to small and mi­crobusi­nesses. It calls for spe­cial or­ga­ni­za­tions to be set up to su­per­vise th­ese sales.

Se­cond, all prof­its earned through the sales will go to re­search pro­duc­ers.

Third, at least 50 per­cent of such sales will go to ma­jor re­searchers, who will even­tu­ally be al­lowed to work with the en­ter­prises who buy their re­search find­ings for a max­i­mum of three years. They will re­tain their po­si­tions on re­search bod­ies to help the en­ter­prises to bet­ter im­ple­ment re­search achieve­ments.

The mea­sures are also aimed at ac­cel­er­at­ing the process of turn­ing sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal achieve­ments into pro­duc­tiv­ity to ad­vance China’s in­no­va­tion­driven strat­egy and sup­ply side struc­tural re­form.

Bi Yalei, head of the Depart­ment of De­vel­op­ment at the Shen­zhen In­sti­tute of Ad­vanced Tech­nol­ogy un­der the Chi­nese Academy of Sci­ences, was de­lighted to hear about the new de­ci­sion, de­scrib­ing it as a long awaited re­lax­ation.

He said that for many years fi­nan­cial ap­proval pro­ce­dures had been a headache when the in­sti­tute had tried to sell re­search find­ings to en­ter­prises be­cause both sides had to wait a long time to ob­tain govern­ment-level ap­proval.

“The ap­proval pro­ce­dure used to take a very long time and this de­layed the process of turn­ing such re­search find­ings into new pro­duc­tiv­ity.”

Bi also said that such mea­sures will greatly en­cour­age sci­en­tific re­searchers in their work.

Gao Xudong, deputy di­rec­tor of the Re­search Cen­ter for Tech­no­log­i­cal In­no­va­tion at Ts­inghua Univer­sity in Bei­jing, praised the move to al­low re­searchers to work with en­ter­prises for three years.

“Some en­ter­prises who bought sci­en­tific re­search find­ings could not fully use them due to lack of un­der­stand­ing of the find­ings,” he said.

The ap­proval pro­ce­dure used to take a very long time and this de­layed the process of turn­ing such re­search find­ings into new pro­duc­tiv­ity.”

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