The Development of Scientific Research
Oriented by national vital demands and international technological frontier, the university actively organizes and promotes the construction of science and technology innovation base, fosters the training of high-level top-notch talents and innovation teams, increases and upgrades scientific and technological achievements and capabilities of independent innovation and serving the society have significantly enhanced.
Firstly, science and technology funding continues to grow and the capability to undertake major national science and technology projects has significantly enhanced. Since 2003, science and technology funding continued to grow and the cumulative research funding has reached 7.33 billion yuan with an average annual increase of 14.2%. Undertake 8658 various projects, including more than 100 national key science and technology projects and projects cooperated with enterprises of over five million, and the quantity and the level thereof increased year by year. Making a significant breakthrough in military qualification, NEU became one of the six universities administrated by the Ministry of Education which achieved "four qualification certificates" and undertook 2 items of Key Project of Chinese National Programs for Fundamental Research and Development (973 Program) as the chief unit. Military industry research has become a new growth point of the scientific research.
Secondly, construction of science and technology innovation base makes significant achievements. The university has 3 national key laboratories, 3 national engineering laboratories, 4 national engineering (technology) research centers, 12 key laboratories, engineering centers and strategic research bases of Ministry of Education, 27 key laboratories, engineering centers and engineering laboratories affiliated to Liaoning Province. Thus, the science and technology base network with predominant disciplines as the main part generally forms.
Thirdly, the level of achievements is constantly upgrading. Since 2003, the university has achieved 301 various science and technology awards, including 100 awards above first provincial and ministerial level prize; granted 1321 various patents, including 843 patents for invention; the number of published academic papers increased year by year and reached 33613, in which 18530 were included in the three famous retrieval systems of SCIE, EI and ISTP.
Fourthly, oriented with the market and combining production, study and research, the university accelerates the industrialization of scientific and technological achievements and technology transfer, and enhances the ability of serving the social economic development. Meanwhile, National technology transfer demonstration agencies, national university science park, national Hi-tech innovation service center jointly build a complete sci-tech integrated service system for the university, which provides a better public service platform for the industrialization of scientific and technological achievements. Since 2003, it has established college-enterprise cooperation with more than 1,000 enterprises and institutions at home and abroad, signed more than 4200 technical contracts, involving a transaction value of 2 billion yuan.
Finally, academic exchange activities are becoming increasingly active. Since 2003, the university has hosted (undertaken) 325 domestic and international academic conferences, including 133 international conferences. Establishing scientific and technical cooperation with 170 colleges, academic institutions and enterprises in 32 countries and regions, our university built 2 bases of introducing talents of discipline to universities and 1 cultivating base.