The decision, which will affect scientists in the fields of agriculture, health, hygiene and environmental protection, was made at
Yesterday (12 January), science minister Xu Guanhua told a meeting of senior officials that the four areas will get a significant increase in funds over the next 15 years, but gave no specific figures.
Funding will also increase for the basic sciences, including genomics, and for developing technologies that meet societal needs, such as sewage disposal and software for disabled people.
Xu added that
The new measures signal a substantial adjustment to
Altogether, 16 sectors have been identified as the country's research priorities. Although no information is yet available about these, president Hu Jintao did indicate in his opening speech to the congress that energy, water resources and environmental protection would become priority areas.
Speaking to SciDev.Net on condition of anonymity, a source privy to the discussions said the draft plan includes big tax breaks for high-tech companies.