973 Program

973 Program

Introduction

The National Basic Research Program (also called 973 Program) is China's on-going national keystone basic research program, which was approved by the Chinese government in June 1997 and is organized and implemented by the Ministry of Science and Technology. The 973 Program is created on the basis of existing research activities and deployments made by the National Nature Science Foundation and major dedicated pre-studies, to organize and implement basic research to meet the nation's major strategic needs. Stipulation and implementation of the 973 Program is an important measure of our country to achieve the great objectives of China's economic, scientific & technology, and social development by 2010-2050, to upgrade the sustainable S & T innovative capabilities and to meet the challenges of the new century.

Over years of evaluation of the research projects, the 973 Program already put 133 projects under the authorized program by the end of 2002, including 17 projects in the agricultural sector, 15 in the energy, 18 in the information, 24 in the resource and environment, 21 in the population and health, 19 in the material, and 19 in the synthesis and frontier science.

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