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A Comparative Study on the Seven Main Types of Programs Approved by National Natural Science Foundation of China in 2017

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DOI: 10.25236/emcs.2018.086


Le Wang, Wanliang Dai, Yue Wang

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Yue Wang


This paper uses annual statistical data from National Natural Science Foundation of China, analysis seven main types of programs approved in 2017. First of all, this article introduces the basic information of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and then introduces the differences of the seven main types of programs. Secondly, the total number and proportion of the seven types of programs are analyzed based on the number of programs and the amount of funding. In addition, the average funding of each type of program is further calculated and compared. The result shows that, in 2017, the General Program has the largest proportion of both total number of programs and total amount of funding; the Young Scientists Fund has a large number of amount, but the average funding is the lowest; the average funding of Key Program, National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, and Excellent Young Scientists Fund are extremely high, however, the number of these three types of programs are too few. Funding of International (Regional) Cooperation and Exchange Program, and Fund for Less Developed Regions should be further enhanced.


National Natural Science Fund, General Program, Young Scientists Fund, amount of funding, comparison