The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) will concentrate its efforts on 40 key research areas in the coming 15 years to help China's ambitious plan of becoming an "innovative nation", reported Tuesday's China Daily.
The measures were revealed in the Medium-and Long-term Development Plan of CAS (2006-20), which was unveiled Monday during the group's annual meeting in Beijing.
According to the plan, its future research will focus on a range of key areas, including the development of the Internet, innovative drugs, biofuel development, nanotechnology, clean energies, carbon dioxide capture technologies, and sustainable agriculture.
"With the successful implementation of the plans, CAS will become among the world's top five research bodies in terms of innovative research output by 2010 and in the world's top three by 2020," Lu Yongxiang, CAS president and the vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
In order to reach the goals, CAS will keep investment growing by 70 percent in the coming five years over those in the previous five-year term. Between 2011 and 2020, the annual investment in the research projects in CAS will grow by about 12 percent, said the newspaper.
Shi Erwei, vice-president of CAS, said that with its innovative research meeting the social and economic demands of China, it hoped to receive investment from both the government and companies.
Besides the research programs, CAS also plans to develop 500 internationally leading scientists in the coming five years.
CAS will reform its management and rules to ensure the realization of its goals. It will also step up research on science ethics and reform the election system of academicians, the paper said.