Taiwan, Sweden to jointly invest NT$250 million in tech research

06/18/2020 10:47 PM
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Taipei, June 18 (CNA) Taiwan and Sweden will jointly invest about NT$250 million (US$8.45 million) in the form of grants to institutions in both countries supporting six proposals in the development of information communications, bio-engineering and materials science, Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) said Thursday.

In a statement, the ministry said the grants for the six joint proposals will be the first example of tech cooperation between Taiwan and Sweden under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by the ministry and the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) in August 2019.

After the MOU, the ministry and SSF received applications for grants for 49 proposals from the two countries and approved six, the ministry said.

The six projects also mark the first large-scale cross-border cooperation between the two countries with the SSF expected to invest about NT$200 million over the next five years and MOST to cover the remaining NT$50 million.

MOST said the funding from the ministry is expected to encourage more Taiwanese talent to become involved in scientific research.

According to the ministry, the six joint proposals focus on a wide range of areas such as solid-state anode-less lithium battery initiatives, antenna technologies for beyond-5G wireless communications, highly scalable CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor)-integrated nanopore biomolecule sensors, and a chip-size accelerator for material research and health.

The first cooperation under the MOU will be hosted by prominent research institutions from both sides, MOST said.

They are Taiwan's National Taiwan University, National Tsing Hua University, National Chiao Tung University, National Cheng Kung University, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology and National Central University and Sweden's Uppsala University, Chalmers University of Technology, the KTH-Royal Institute of Technology and Linköping University, the ministry added.

(By Su Ssu-yun and Frances Huang)

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