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National Science and Technology Prizes
The prizes were set up to honour distinguished scientists and institutions who have made remarkable contributions to the scientific and technological progress, and to promote the development of science and technology.

An annual ceremony was held in Beijing on 8 January to honor distinguished scientists and research achievements. The Chinese President Xi Jinping handed out the prizes to the top award winners. Other leaders, including Li Keqiang, Zhang Gaoli and Wang Huning, were also present.

In total 271 projects were recognized and two Chinese scientists were awarded with top national prizes. Seven foreign scientists won the International Science and Technology Cooperation Awards.

The National Science and Technology Prizes (国家科学技术奖) is the highest honor in China in science and technology. The prizes are set up to recognize individuals and organizations who have made remarkable contributions to scientific and technological progress, and to promote the development of science and technology.

There are five categories of awards:

  • State Preeminent Science and Technology Award (simplified Chinese: 国家最高科学技术奖)
  • State Natural Science Award (simplified Chinese: 国家自然科学奖)
  • State Technological Invention Award (simplified Chinese: 国家技术发明奖)
  • National Science and Technology Progress Award (simplified Chinese: 国家科学技术进步奖)
  • International Scientific and Technological Cooperation Award of the People's Republic of China (simplified Chinese: 中华人民共和国国际科学技术合作奖)

    The State Preeminent Science and Technology Award is awarded by the President, while the State Natural Science First Class Award will be given in person by the Premier.

    Among the 271 projects recognized this year, 35 are for the Natural Science Award, 66 for the Technological Invention award and 170 for the National Science and Technology (S&T) Progress Award.

    On behalf of the State Council, Premier Li Keqiang extended congratulations to the prize winners and thanked foreign experts for their support to China's science and technology development.

    While addressing the ceremony, Li called for more scientific and technological research in major disease prevention and control to improve people's well-being. He said that more efforts should be made in food safety and pollution control to enable people to live a better life.

    Li called for building China's strength in science and technology and urged increasing basic scientific research, diversifying investment in research and development, boosting integration of basic and applied sciences and enhancing innovative ability.

    "We welcome all kinds of talented people to join China's innovation and entrepreneurship campaign and share the development opportunities and achievements of innovation," he said.

    Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli presided over the ceremony, which was attended by about 3,300 people.

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