CITRIS and Zhejiang University Announce Research and Innovation Partnership

The University of California has announced the signing of an agreement with Zhejiang University (ZJU) in Hangzhou, China, to undertake a joint planning effort to develop a premier global research and innovation center. The ZJU-CITRIS Innovation Research Center will be developed by researchers from CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, a program of the University of California, in collaboration with researchers from Zhejiang University, to develop transformative technology solutions, focusing on cutting-edge research that leads to rapid translation into practice and commercialization.

Located in the Hangzhou Innovation Corridor in Hangzhou, China, researchers in the proposed ZJU-CITRIS Innovation Research Center will create a global innovation and incubation hub to support the development of technology solutions in the areas of health; sustainable infrastructures; people and robots; and connected communities. The initial one-year planning effort has been made possible through a gift of $1.2 million from an alumnus of UC Berkeley, who is the Director of Zhejiang Zerong Network Technology Co. Ltd.d During the pilot year, CITRIS and ZJU leaders will develop a 5-year programmatic and funding plan, which will include public and private research partnerships, direct funding from Chinese and U.S. businesses, and commercialization of investigator-driven research.

The long-term goals of the ZJU-CITRIS partnership are to pursue a range of research topics and to translate research into practice through the incubation and commercialization of technology projects, devices, and services. ZJU-CITRIS researchers are expected to:

  • Produce innovative scientific methods, instruments and product ideas, facilitated through business incubation, generating significant and long-term value for both China and the U.S.
  • Provide new points of entry for U.S. research and industry into China and offer Chinese researchers and entrepreneurs better access to U.S. ideas and markets.
  • Create unique initiatives in research, technology development and education, particularly those that would not exist within current programs or within a single country. 
  • Develop a long-term platform for global research, innovation, and business incubation.

CITRIS Director Costas Spanos notes “we are pleased to develop a partnership with one of China’s leading universities. Bringing researchers and faculty from Zhejiang University together with those from the University of California promises to deliver innovative technology solutions to our shared social and environmental challenges.”

The development of the ZJU-CITRIS Innovation Research Center and the strategic relationship of the University of California and ZJU was initiated, and has been supported through the efforts of the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Office of Government and Community Relations in collaboration with the Global Business Development and China Initiative of the Bay Area Council. The ZJU-CITRIS Innovation Research Center is expected to serve as a model for the advancement of research and innovation between the University of California and Chinese universities and industry.


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CITRIS and the Banatao Institute: Dr. David Lindeman,