Analysis of projects funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China during the years of 2014–2018

Yihong Liu, Zhenyu Gao, Hao Wang, Jianbin Wang, Jie Shen, Changrui Wang


Background: The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) plays an important role in supporting scientific research. And numerous scientists and researchers are concerned about the applications and funding.
Methods: Annual reports of 2014–2018 were searched respectively from the NSFC official website. Further analysis was made to discover the regularity and trend of projects funded by NSFC.
Results: The funding by NSFC continuously increased rapidly since its establishment. Recently, the annual amount, which is still on the rise, has reached more than 20 billion CNY. From the year 2014 to 2018 multifarious projects types were set up by NSFC to support scientific research of different level and multiple dimensions.
Conclusions: In the past years, NSFC had provides strong support to basic scientific research in all fronts and provided a mechanism for fair competition.