Collaboration with China: Research

The KI-China research collaborations are increasing every year and include research activities with Chinese universities, hospitals and institutions covering a wide range of research areas. The number of co-published publications have grown from less than 30 per year in year 2000 to over 150 in 2013. In 2013, KI co-published with over 50 Chinese universities and their hospitals.

Among all of the universities that KI collaborates with in China, Shandong University is one that KI co-publishes the most with. It also has one of the largest KI-alumni associations outside of Sweden with more than 80 alumnus & friends.

Since all research is done at KIs 22 different departments, more information regarding specific projects can be found on the respective department’s web pages

China Scholarship Council

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) and Karolinska Institutet signed an agreement in August, 2015. The agreement entitles KI to receive up to 30 PhD students, 20 post-doc fellows, 5 visiting researchers, and 5 master degree students supported by CSC scholarships per year during 2016-2020. For the master degree students, the scholarship recipients will also receive a CSC-KI joint support to cover tuition fees. For more information see the KI-CSC main page 

The Swedish Research Council Awarded Grants

In 2013 the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) launched two calls for research collaborations with China. In order for the researchers to apply for the grants, universities had to submit a China-strategy. This strategy is now the basis for the China-KI central collaborations and is an important strategic tool for future collaborations. KI was awarded two grants and are collaborating on a third project that also received funding. 

The Karolinska-China-Hong Kong Regenerative Medicine Initiative

KI researcher Ken Chien was awarded one of the four, highly competitive, grants for The Karolinska-China-Hong Kong Regenerative Medicine Initiative. The grant is 4 800 000 SEK per year for five years.

Ken Chien leads a research group at the Department of Medicine Huddinge and one at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Framework Grant in Antimicrobial Resistance

The second call was funded jointly by the Swedish Research Council and the Natural Science Foundation, China and was called "Framework grant in antimicrobial resistance, Sweden-NSFC (China) joint research program”.

KI was awarded two of these grants (5 000 000 SEK a year for five years):

  • Novel natural compounds that target the cell wall (and other components) of bacteria: generation of basic knowledge, new tools and potential drugs candidates, Birgitta Henriques Normark
  • Epidemiology, risk factors and transmission mechanisms of the emergence of multidrug and extensively drug resistant tuberculosis, Sven Hoffner.

Framework Grant in Antimicrobial Resistance

In addition to the two above mentioned grants, KI researchers are involved in a project at the Public Health Agency of Sweden that was awarded a grant:

IMPACT - Svensk-Kinesiskt tvärsektoriellt samarbete för begränsning av antibiotikaresistens (Swedish-Chinese cross-sectoral cooperation for limiting antibiotic resistance), PI Otto Cars, Uppsala university, and KI-collaborators Göran Tomson/Cecilia Stålsby-Lundborg.


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Ingemar Ernberg

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