Shenzhen has offered 26.4 million yuan (US$3.73 million) in subsidies for filing 17 research projects that contribute to COVID-19 prevention and control, according to the Shenzhen Municipal Science, Technology and Innovation Commission.
At a news conference last week, Liang Yongsheng, the commission’s director, said the commission has completed two rounds of expert assessments of 565 research projects in the past three years and will choose 20 as key projects for COVID-19 prevention and control.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the city has set aside 200 million yuan as a special fund for COVID-19 research, and each of the 20 projects will receive up to 8 million yuan in subsidies.
To help technology companies fight against COVID-19, the commission exempted two months’ rent amounting to 34.4 million yuan for the tenants of government rental properties. To encourage research and innovation of macro and small-sized technology companies, the commission also doubled the budget of annual innovation coupons to 200 million yuan. The companies and research teams can apply for the coupons as subsidies for their research related to industrial (product) designs, IC designs, technology solutions, pilot tests, certifications and IPRs services.
More than 5,000 enterprises have benefited from the innovation coupons program, according to Liang.
In another development, the Shenzhen Government Development and Research Center has invited research institutes, universities and think tanks to apply and develop research on 15 key topics relating to improving resilience of the modern industrial system, international cooperation capability, overseas asset protection capability, emergency-handling capability of mega cities, risk-resisting capability of urban infrastructure and intelligent capability in urban governance, among others.
Research topics also include COVID-19 prevention and control in China and the world. The applicants can check details and apply at www.drc.sz.gov.cn or the WeChat account “鹏城智库观察” by midnight Friday. Successful applicants will be announced at www.drc.sz.gov.cn in the middle of June and receive funding support from the government.