In DepthInternational Mobility

China takes new steps to lure science talent from abroad

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Science  08 Jun 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6393, pp. 1053-1054
DOI: 10.1126/science.360.6393.1053

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The Chinese government, eager to sustain the country's rapid emergence as a scientific superpower, is opening the door wider for foreign researchers. On 22 May, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology issued guidelines that encourage science ministries and commissions to consult foreign experts and attract non-Chinese to full-time positions within China. Foreign scientists can for the first time serve as principal investigators for publicly funded research programs. Other incentives for talent from abroad include China's increased spending on R&D—rising twice as fast as its gross domestic product—and ambitious big science projects such as a massive particle accelerator now under study.