Research and innovation collaboration between Europe and China has been developing dramatically over the last years. Taking advantage of the development of information and communication technologies and the emergence of new global players, several European countries and companies have “invented” with China new forms of cooperation, named Joint Research Structures, linking Research and Innovation entities from both sides.
These Joint Research Structures can themselves take different configurations, connecting physically or virtually public and / or private units, to carry out Research and Innovation activities in various fields of common interest and mutual benefit. The establishment of Joint Research Structures between European countries and China can be considered as one of the successful examples of such cooperation.
This handbook presents the main practical steps to set up a Joint Research Structure within the Chinese legal framework, highlighting key issues to pay attention to before establishing such a structure.