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Focusing on original innovation, the “New Cornerstone Researcher Project” announces the first phase of the funded list-中新网



Shi Yigong, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the “New Cornerstone Researcher Project” Photo courtesy of the New Cornerstone Science Foundation



Chinanews.com, Beijing, January 13 (Reporter Ying Ni) The “New Cornerstone Researcher Project” announced the first phase of the funded list in Beijing on the 13th. 58 outstanding scientists from the two major fields of mathematics and physical science, biology and medical science have become The first batch of new cornerstone researchers.

According to reports, the “New Cornerstone Researcher Project” is a new type of basic research funding project that focuses on original innovation, encourages free exploration, and has public welfare attributes. Under the guidance of the China Association for Science and Technology, the “New Cornerstone Researcher Project” is led by scientists. In 2022, Tencent announced that it will invest 10 billion yuan within 10 years to establish the New Cornerstone Science Foundation, which will operate independently and support a group of outstanding scientists in a long-term and stable manner. Concentrate on basic research and realize the original innovation of “from 0 to 1”.

The first batch of 58 selected “New Cornerstone Researchers” reflects this distinctive feature of the project. The research content ranges from in-depth understanding of chaotic phenomena to exploring the mystery of neutrino mass, from improving the efficiency of artificial photosynthesis to cell stress and aging, from Extending plant outcrosses to activate tumor immunity.

The “New Cornerstone Researcher” funding category is divided into two categories: the experimental category does not exceed 5 million yuan per person per year, and the theoretical category does not exceed 3 million yuan per person per year, and the funding is continuous for 5 years. The first batch of “New Cornerstone Researchers” came from 31 institutions in 12 cities (including Hong Kong, China). From the perspective of geographical distribution, in addition to Beijing and Shanghai, it also includes non-first-tier cities such as Xi’an, Kunming, Harbin, and Fuzhou. From the perspective of institutions, in addition to traditional top universities and scientific research institutions, such as Beijing Brain Science and Brain-Inspired Research High-level new research and development institutions such as the Center and the Beijing Institute of Life Sciences also have scientists on the list.

New Cornerstone Researcher Project's first funded list released on site Photo courtesy of New Cornerstone Science Foundation

New Cornerstone Researcher Project’s first funded list released on site Photo courtesy of New Cornerstone Science Foundation

“The ‘New Cornerstone Researcher Project’ is a brand-new attempt in the field of basic research. I believe that among the New Cornerstone Researchers, there will be world-class master scientists in the future.” Shi Yi, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and chairman of the scientific committee of the “New Cornerstone Researcher Project” The public said.

The “New Cornerstone Researcher Project” also pays special attention to the development of female scientists and young scientists. Under the same conditions, women and young people are preferred. The average age of the first batch of “New Cornerstone Researchers” is 48 years old, far below the 55-year-old declaration threshold, including 8 “post-80s”, the youngest is only 38 years old (Liu Gang, professor of East China Normal University), and there are Six female scientists were funded. Yuan Junying, academician of the American Academy of Sciences, director of the Interdisciplinary Research Center of Biology and Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and member of the scientific committee of the “New Cornerstone Researcher Project”, said: “Six female scientists were selected, and they all have good scientific taste. An understanding of science and a firm commitment to long-term goals.” (End)


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