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N° 6  December 2008 8 p.  186 kb
  • Taiwan industries are well-known for their manufacturing capabilities and entitled for building up their core competence. While forging ahead through the global industrial development trends, the island, however, must upgrade the industries to design- or innovation-oriented ones to increase the add-on value. Its decision to shift to a “knowledge-based economy” has laid a proper foundation for R&D investment, has focused industry on value-added growth, and has created a culture rewarding innovation.
  • The Science and Technology Advisory Group of the Cabinet has recently proposed the following industries for development: flexible electronics (to become a central R&D location for flexible electronics design and technology); nanotechnology; intelligent robotics industry (to achieve an output of NT$ 90 bio. by 2013); intelligent buildings (to become a model for lifestyle); intelligent vehicles industry (to develop automated automobiles and components, establish intelligent transportation systems, improve system service models); RFID application (to reach an output of NT$ 70 bio. by 2013).
  • Taiwan spent US$10 billion on research and development in 2007, accounting for 2.62 % of GDP, a record high.


N° 5  November 2008 8 p.  95 kb

International scientific seminars Switzerland-Taiwan : Call 2008
The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and its Taiwanese partner organization, the National Science Council of Taiwan (NSC), have launched the call 2008 for Swiss-Taiwanese scientific seminars. This call is targeted at established Swiss and Taiwanese scientists from all scientific disciplines who aim at creating a new bilateral co-operation. These seminars will take place in the period 01 July 2009 ­ 30 June 2010 and give the opportunity to meet and to discuss the possibilities of a future co-operation in research.
The deadline for submissions is the 16 January 2009.


N° 4  October 2008 7 p.  94 kb

Taiwan's government total R&D budget amounts to US$ 86.9 bio. in 2008.
The share of the National Science Council (NSC) is set at US$ 36.6 bio. or 42 % of the total and 58 % have been
earmarked for other agencies.
US$ 27.8 bio. (76 % of NSC funding) have been reserved for research grants: 17 % engineering & applied research; 17 % NARL; 14 % life sciences; 13 % natural sciences; 10 % humanities & social sciences; 8 % inter-department programs; 7 % NSSRC; 6 % central processing & researchers' recruitments; 4 % science education, 4 % international cooperation (DIC). The National S&T Program, Inter-ministerial programs and administration take US$ 7.2 bio. (or 20 % of the NSC budget) and the science park development US$ 1.6 bio. (or 4 %).
The funding of the Department of International Cooperation (DIC) amounts to US$ 1.042 bio. Of this amount, 58 % go to general programs for PIs to attend/hold international conferences, to invite lecturers and have research stay abroad, 25 % for bilateral and international programs (under agreement framework) and 17 % for special programs (TTT, IUICRT) and regarding international organizations.


N° 3 September 2008 7 p.  97 kb

Taiwan has shifted its industrial paradigm from “ Made in Taiwan ” to “ Designed by Taiwan ”. This phenomenon is expected to have a great impact on Taiwan's industrial development, including academic and university industry collaborative research directions. The National Science Council's major missions include promoting national science and technology development, supporting academic research, cultivating and recruiting sci-tech personnel, and supervising the administration of science-based industrial parks. NCS's budget allocation for 2007 amounted to US$ 1'293 mio. 70.7 % of the total was allocated for academic research, 15.7 % for the promotion of S&T development, and 13.6 % for the development of science parks. The funding for research projects amounted to US$ 559.1 mio., of which 29.5 % went into engineering, 28.6 % into life sciences, medicine and agriculture, 20.9 % into natural sciences, and 14 % into humanities and social sciences. The rest was for science education (3.6 %), sustainable development 1.3 %, applied technology 0.9 %, and others 6.4 %.


N° 2  August 2008 5 p.  48 kb

Academia Sinica announced eight new honorary academicians, including six Nobel laureates, among which Heinrich Rohrer from Switzerland. – Gene experts at Academia Sinica spotted a new referential indicator of liver cancers related to the hepatitis B virus. – An Academia Sinica team may be close to cancer vaccine. – Researchers at National Tsing-hua University increased the durability of the wiring in IC chips tenfold with the use of a new nano-manufacturing process (published in “Science”). – Researchers at National Chen Kung University Hospital in Taiwan completed the development of a movement assistance system for paralyzed patients that uses a brainwave detector to sense the user's thoughts and directs its mechanical components to act accordingly.


N° 1  July 2008 8 p.  79 kb

Taiwan's science & technology research and development budget for 2009 will be raised to NT$ 99.7 bio. (US$ 3.28 bio.), up 8.06 %.This increase will be barely enough to meet President Ma Ying-jeou's expectations to raise R&D funds to 3 % of GDP by 2012 from the current 2.6 %. The annual R&D budget would have to be increased by 8-10 % from now on to attain the target. · The largest biotechnology exhibition in Asia Pacific region — 2008 Bio Taiwan — was held from 24 to 27 July with the aim of providing a platform for biotech companies from home and abroad. For Taiwan it represents a good chance to play an important role by combining its strength of the ICT industries to develop biotech industries, according to ITRI. · To pursue scientific cooperation between Taiwan and France seven projects have been selected for 2008.