CHOICE is not the only one initiative aiming at supporting the development of S&T cooperation between Europe and China, namely in the ICT area. Synergies between CHOICE and other similar or complementary initiatives were therefore developed in order that each initiative can be the most successful.
The CHOICE partnership was committed to develop these synergies, i.e. to promote the exchange of information, the organization of co-located events, the planning of possible joint activities, etc.
Among the initiatives and projects launched through EU-funded programmes with which such synergies could be developed, the CHOICE partnership identified the following ones and developed synergies with some of them:
- The BILAT projects, supporting the coordination for the enhancement and development of S&T Partnerships with third countries with which the European Commission has signed S&T agreements with China, such as BILAT SILK (December 2008 to 2011), DRAGON STAR (October 2012 to 2015) and its follow-up project DRAGON STAR Plus (February 2015 to 2018)
- ACCESS4EU projects: aim at increasing European researchers’ awareness funding opportunities for international research projects third countries. These projects are intended to strengthen and increase the implementation of the reciprocal opening of EU’s Research Framework Programme and national programmes of these countries to researchers from both areas. ChinaAccess4EU (January 2010 to July 2012) specifically targets Chinese programs.
- International cooperation projects in the ICT sector, to sustain EU competitiveness in a globalized world while collaborating with international partners in research and innovation. The OpenChina-ICT project (January 2012 to December 2013) aimed at Opening European Chinese Cooperation on ICT Research.
- Thematic projects in the ICT sector: The goal is to build a partnership between European and Chinese organisations to foster cooperation in a specific ICT domain, for instance on future internet research experimentation and IPv6 for the EU-China FIRE project (August 2013 to July 2015).
- ORIENTplus is created to maintain and further develop infrastructure between GÉANT and China that is open for use by all European and Chinese researchers. The project is to support the infrastructure link. In addition the proposal sets out unfunded supporting activities to optimise the performance of the link, promote the use of the link, and provide users with technical support.
- CHAIN-REDS is a FP7 project aiming at promoting and supporting technological and scientific collaboration across different e-Infrastructures established and operated in various continents, in order to define a path towards a global e-Infrastructure ecosystem that will allow Virtual Research Communities (VRCs), research groups and even single researchers to access and efficiently use worldwide distributed resources.