Race to the Future: NSFC’s Open Access Policy

I didn’t know much about the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) until I read about them this morning, but I have decided to take this opportunity to rant and rave about them! The NSFC is an organization whose primary responsibility is to allocate funding to an increasing number of research projects- their mission: to further the betterment and development of the scientific community.


First founded in 1986, the NSFC has maintained their efforts to promote and support global scientific research and technology. Though they have funded research on everything from cancer to clean energy, the NSFC’s most impressive recent endeavor is their new policy regarding the accessibility of research. These new policies will allow a plethora of scientific research to be widely available to the global community. This open-arms attitude is something quite new to the scientific community, for research has previously been collected privately and competitively. Putting aside the norm, the NSFC’s open access policy will eliminate this competitive barrier in an effort to stimulate exploration, support research and promote scientific and technological progress in today’s modern age.

After allocating an estimated 2.8 billion USD in 2012 towards scientific research and progress, this dramatic change in policy will surely make waves – having a global effect on everyone from high school science students to many of today’s most elite research communities. Thanks to the NSFC’s openness we might soon be faced with a burst in scientific discovery, for great things have happened when people, and cultures, come together and share their knowledge.

So hats off to the NSFC for making a change and making a difference!


Learn more at: http://www.nsfc.gov.cn/publish/portal1/


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