Research is one of the three pillars of SUSTech. We aim to become a world research university, an important hub for China's significant scientific and technological research, and a fertile land for the creative minds to flourish.
Since its establishment, 2877 competitive scientific research projects have been approved, with the total fund of 5.39 billion yuan, including 4.72 billion yuan for 2309 government sponsored projects and 0.67 billion yuan for 568 non-government sponsored projects. In 2020, SUSTech continued to seek more funding opportunities, by receiving 993 approved competitive scientific research projects with a total fund of 1.82 billion yuan. MORE
In 2020, 787 vertical projects were approved, with a total fund of 1.52 billion yuan, an increase of 19% compared with 2019. 206 projects were approved by NSFC, including two Outstanding Scholars, four Excellent Scholars and 12 National Key Programs. The Young Scientists and General Program's average funding rate is a dozen percentage points higher than the national average. The University was also approved to establish the first National Key R&D Program approved by MOST, The first national team project (111 bases), and the first major project funded by the National Social Science Fund of China. In 2020, 34 platforms were approved, with a total fund of 527 million yuan. National Center for Applied Mathematics（Shenzhen）was approved, and it was the first national-level key lab at SUSTech.
In 2020, a total of 4247 papers were published, with 3207 SCI papers. 276 patents were issued. The latest Nature Index (Nov. 1, 2019-Oct. 31, 2020) ranked SUSTech 46th globally and 13rd in China, with a fractional count (FC) of 207.56. In discipline construction, Chemistry, Material Science, Engineering, Clinical Medicine and Environmental Science & Engineering have been ranked among the global top 1% of Clarivate's Essential Science Indicators (ESI).
By the end of 2020, 12,284 academic articles had been published in internationally recognized academic journals, including 8,885 in SCI. Additionally, 629 patents had been certified. The University also received multiple scientific awards, including one national science and technology award, 7 provincial and ministerial science and technology awards, 15 Shenzhen science and technology awards, IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award, Gordon Bell Prize, Qiu Shi Outstanding Young Scholar Award, Xplorer Prize and the Fudan-Zhongzhi Science Award.
Research Institutions And Platforms
Scientific research institutions and platforms are specific institutions responsible for scientific research here. They are essential bases for gathering and cultivating outstanding scientific and technological talents, deploying advanced scientific research equipment, conducting high-level academic exchanges, and producing high-level scientific research results. They occupy a core position in the University's academic system.
Now, SUSTech has 69 scientific research platforms, including one national-level research platform, 21 provincial and ministerial level, 47 municipal level, and two district-level. There are six research institutions, three of which were approved as the Shenzhen Nobel Laureate Labs, including the Shenzhen Grubbs Institute, SUSTech International Center for Mathematics, and Sifakis Research Institute of Trustworthy Autonomous Systems. The Shenzhen Institute of Quantum Science and Engineering is one of the ten basic research institutions approved by Shenzhen Municipality.
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SUSTech Public Research Service Platforms:
In order to build a world-class scientific research base with facilities for technological exchange, SUSTech has integrated its own disciplines to build several interdisciplinary research centers, led by our leading scientists.
More than 20 interdisciplinary research centers will be constructed in phases. There are currently four research centers that have been built so far, with a number of research centers under construction.
Technology Transfer Center
The Technology Transfer Center works with the various departments of SUSTech to work with their advanced technologies, examining the market for their technologies and managing the intellectual property on behalf of the university and its departments. It promotes the development of common industrial, key, and forward-looking technologies, to build the special characteristics of SUSTech. The accumulated and large-scale innovative technology transfer platform within SUSTech promotes the close connection between the advanced technology and market forces.
The Office of Research provides strategy and support to researchers across campus.
The Office of Research assists research teams in preparing for grant applications, regulatory requirements, working with symposiums and overseas conferences, and a variety of other matters that maximizes the benefits to both the research teams and SUSTech.