The National Natural Science Foundation of China has recently announced the 2015 list of funded projects. Among the 17 projects applied by the University of Michigan- Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute faculty, eight (47.1%) have secured the funding. Over the past five years, a total of 33 projects from JI have won the prestigious grant, with an average successful rate of 47.8% annually, which reflects JI faculty’s high level in research. Notably, this year three out of the eight winning projects are from non-Chinese faculty members, bringing the total of foreign faculty winners to eight over the five years.

The eight funded projects cover the fields of engineering and materials, information, chemistry, mathematics and physics, and focus on the areas of mechanical bionics, energy use, micro-nano optics and photonics, applied polymer chemistry and physics, integrated circuit design and testing, solid and surface physical chemistry, and medical imaging. JI faculty’s outstanding performance in innovative research shows their strength in both basic science and interdisciplinary frontier research. The following is the list of the funded projects:



Project Title

Program Type


Start and End Dates


Shane Johnson Constitutive multi-scale region specific modeling of the plantar soft tissue International Young Scientist


2016-1 to 2017-12


Morteza Eslamian Fundamental study on the structure and the fabrication of thin film planar perovskite solar cells by ultrasonic spray coating International Young Scientist


2016-1 to 2017-12


Tian Yang Reproducible measurement of single molecule Raman scattering: experiment and physics General Program


2016-1 to 2019-12


Yunlong Guo Study on a rapid and highly controllable method for ultra stable polymer anti-reflective coating General Program


2016-1 to 2019-12


Weikang Qian Design and synthesis of combinational circuits for approximate computing General Program


2016-1 to 2019-12


Bin Guan (Postdoc) Single atom doping of silicon by self-assembly of macromolecules Young Scientist


2016-1 to 2018-12


Shane Johnson Biomechanical study of the Plantar Aponeurosis and development of orthoses with tunable stiffness based on finite element modeling and gait analysis Young Scientist


2016-1 to 2018-12


Yong Long Multi-material decomposition using reconstruction methods for low-dose dual-energy CT Young Scientist


2016-1 to 2018-12

The NSFC aims to promote China’s science and technology, reform the way research funding is allocated, and support high-quality research projects in universities and research institutions. In recent years, the funding has been extended to support foreign researchers as well, including setting up the category of Foreign Young Scientists and accepting English proposals. It reflects China’s strong motivation to play an important role in the international arena of scientific research, as Chairman Xi Jinping said “like the great sea accepting all streams flowing into it,” China is heading towards becoming a base of internationalization by attracting talents from all over the world.