APRA Performance Monitoring (APRA-PM) with a focus on China

The Asia-Pacific Research Area comprises about half of the world's population and has been developing with great dynamism during the past two decades. Against this background, the BMBF has commissioned a quantitative and qualitative monitoring of scientific and technological developments as well as relevant policies in these nations.

Within the framework of this project, four annual studies will be produced to provide a reliable and scientifically robust evidence base on the current state of research, innovation and education as well as emerging trends and developments in the APRA nations. The reports include overarching thematic and country-specific perspectives. A special focus is on China, as China is the largest player in the region and requires special attention due to its dynamic development. All insights gained during one specific year of project activities will be presented in annual workshops.



Assessment and contextualisation of the of the APRA-area nations' current scientific and technological performance, their international cooperation behaviour as well as their relevant policies with regard to science and innovation. Development of policy recommendations based on the respective empirical findings and analyses.



Quantitative data analyses (patents, publications and trade) as well as desk research.


Four annual reports, workshops




Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH