The main mission of the Science and Technology Division, STD/France is to build and manage scientific cooperative relationships between Taiwan and France, as well as Spain, Italy and Portugal.
STD/France is the official contact of the Taiwanese government for French, Spanish, Italian and Portugese governments with respect to research and technology affairs.
STD/France is also responsible for the promotion of existing agreements such as Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) signed between the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) of Taiwan and French research agencies/institutes such as ANR, CNRS, INRIA, INSERM, INCa, HERCULES and the Académie des Sciences (Ads), as well as CSIC in Spain and CNR in Italy. It facilitates exchange visits, initiates collaborations, and follows up on continuing research projects.
STD/France seeks to establish new collaborative relationships between Taiwanese research institutes and other leading foreign research institutes, such as IFREMER, CNES, Institut Pasteur, CEA, and AI/Quantum related research centres. STD/France works with these institutes in promoting bilateral research visits and funding joint seminars. These efforts may lead in the near future to the signature of scientific bilateral cooperation agreements.