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China gunning for brain gain

A scientific organization in the world's most populous nation is trying to lure foreign researchers to work on short-term contracts within its borders with offers of robust funding. The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced last week that it will be offering outstanding foreign scientists funding that "will be higher than their research funding outside China," according to the chief of the CAS's international cooperation bureau Lv Yonglong, who was quoted by linkurl:SciDev.Net.;http://ww

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A scientific organization in the world's most populous nation is trying to lure foreign researchers to work on short-term contracts within its borders with offers of robust funding. The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced last week that it will be offering outstanding foreign scientists funding that "will be higher than their research funding outside China," according to the chief of the CAS's international cooperation bureau Lv Yonglong, who was quoted by linkurl:SciDev.Net.;http://www.scidev.net/en/news/china-on-the-look-out-for-foreign-scientists.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=en_news The CAS is introducing two new programs: Specially Hired Foreign Research Fellows to attract foreign associate professors, and the Youth Foreign Scientist Project, for newly minted PhDs. Fellows will go to China for research collaborations lasting from three to six months, while young scientists can spend up to two years in China. The CAS hopes to attract about 200 foreign scientists per year and approximately 1,500 scientists in total. The CAS did not disclose exact funding amounts...

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