Funding Scheme

National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (國家自然科學基金) offers annual call for proposals for:

General Program (面上項目)

The program funds small principal investigator-initiated projects on topics they freely select within the scope of natural sciences.

Key Program (重點項目)

The program funds medium-sized, principal investigator-initiated projects within priority areas of the NSFC.

Major Research Plan (重大研究計畫項目)

This program funds groups of projects with similar objectives that focus on key basic scientific issues with strategic importance to the nation and major frontier areas.

Young Scientists Fund (青年科學基金項目)

This is a talent fostering program. It funds young researchers aged under 35 for men and 40 for women, on research topics they freely select.

NSFC Excellent Young Scientists Fund (Hong Kong and Macau) [優秀青年科學基金 (港澳)]

This Fund is offered exclusively for young Hong Kong and Macau scholars, aged under 38 for men and 40 for women.