Main objectives of the Science Division STD/France is to build and to manage scientific cooperative relationships between Taiwan and France, as well as Spain and Italy.
STD/France is responsible for the promotion of existing agreements such as Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) signed between the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of Taiwan and French research agencies/institutes such as ANR, CNRS, INRIA, INSERM, INCa, HERCULES and the Académie des Sciences (Ads), as well as CSIC in Spain and CNR in Italy. It facilitates exchange visits, initiates collaborations, and follows up on continuing research projects.
STD/France seeks to establish new collaborative relationships between Taiwanese research institutes and other leading foreign research institutes, such as IFREMER, CNES, Institut Pasteur, CEA, ICFO and AI related research centres. Cooperation between such institutions could only be mutually beneficial. STD/France works with these institutes in promoting bilateral research visits and funding joint seminars. These efforts may lead in the near future to the signature of scientific bilateral cooperation agreements.
Among the topics designated by MOST as National Science and Technology priority programs, STD/France chose to develop cooperation between France/Spain/Italy and Taiwan in the following 3 domains: Earth and Environmental Science, Biomedicine, and Innovation and Tech Startup.