Innovation, aiming at science and technology, self-reliance and self-improvement

2021 is a year of special importance in the process of China’s modernization. The central economic work conference has determined the key tasks to be done well in 2021, with “strengthening the national strategic scientific and technological forces” as the primary task.

How to strengthen the strategic support of science and technology and make a good start for the 14th five year plan? How to understand the national strategic science and technology power? How to deploy and promote this work in the new year? In the future, how to play the role of the new national system and speed up the tackling of key core technologies? How to set up enterprise innovation consortium? Our reporter interviewed the Ministry of science and technology, university research institutes and business circles.

Building a “science and technology ace army” representing the national level

Liu Yuxin, deputy director of the general office of the Ministry of science and technology, said that entering a new stage of development, implementing the new development concept, building a new development pattern, and effectively coping with risks and challenges, it is urgent for us to build a “science and technology ace army” that embodies the will of the country, serves the needs of the country, and represents the national level. The influence and support of strategic science and technology force is directly related to the improvement of China’s comprehensive national strength and international competitiveness, and is the “ballast” to promote economic and social development and ensure national security.

In the past year, China has embarked on a road of self-reliance in major scientific and technological fields such as deep space and deep-sea nuclear power. The long march 5B carrier rocket made its first successful flight, China’s first Mars exploration mission, tianwen-1, was successfully launched, the third phase of the lunar exploration project, chang’e-5, achieved the return of unmanned samples from the moon, and the all sea deep manned submersible, striver, successfully completed the 10000 meter sea trial These are inseparable from the strong support of the national strategic science and technology forces.

In recent years, China has achieved “first come, second mover” in a number of strategic areas, and the key core “neck sticking” technology has been fully implemented. The scientific research on epidemic prevention and control has made the scientific and technological circles experience an unprecedented “big test”, which highlights the importance and urgency of cultivating and building a national strategic scientific and technological force.

Therefore, to build a “science and technology ace army”, we should give full play to the role of the state as the organizer of major scientific and technological innovation, adhere to the strategic demand orientation, determine the direction and focus of scientific and technological innovation, and strive to solve the major problems restricting national development and security.

Liu Yuxin said that in accordance with the strategic direction of “four orientations”, the Ministry of science and technology has coordinated the urgent and long-term needs of the country, studied and judged major scientific and technological directions, strengthened the systematic planning and layout of scientific and technological innovation, made overall arrangements for the construction of strategic scientific and technological forces and the implementation of major scientific and technological tasks, strengthened the integrated allocation of innovation elements such as bases, projects, talents and funds, and gathered elite scientific and technological forces We should accelerate the implementation of a number of forward-looking and strategic national major science and technology projects, seize the commanding heights of international science and technology competition, and provide strong support for the security and stability of the industrial chain supply chain.

Give full play to the role of the national team of important colleges and Universities

The central economic work conference proposed that we should give full play to the advantages of the new national system, give full play to the role of the national team of important colleges and universities, and promote the optimal allocation of scientific research forces and resource sharing.

“As a member of the national team of colleges and universities, we have undertaken the construction of large-scale national scientific research platforms such as the National Laboratory. Taking the quantum field as an example, in addition to the support of our university’s scientific research funds, the project team also received the joint support of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the national development and Reform Commission, Shandong and Anhui. Scientific research forces are firmly gathered, and research efficiency is greatly improved. ” Huang Fang, director of the scientific research department of University of science and technology of China, said that this mechanism attaches great importance to the in-depth integration of industry, University and research, speeds up the transformation of scientific research achievements, and feeds back the discipline construction. At present, a series of quantum communication products transformed by the University of science and technology of China serve the “Beijing Shanghai trunk line” and other major national projects, promoting the rapid rise of China’s quantum information, a strategic emerging industry.

By the end of 2020, China will achieve a major breakthrough in the field of quantum science and technology. Pan Jianwei’s team from University of science and technology of China, together with Shanghai Institute of Microsystems, Chinese Academy of Sciences and national research center of parallel computer engineering technology, has built a 76 photon quantum computing prototype “nine chapters”. It takes only 200 seconds to solve the mathematical algorithm “Gaussian Bose sampling”, while the fastest supercomputer in the world will take 600 million years. The achievement of innovation with such international influence fully reflects the optimal allocation and resource sharing of scientific research forces under the new nationwide system in China.

Wan Jinbo, a researcher at the Institute of science and technology strategy consulting and research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said that only by giving full play to the advantages of the new nationwide system and promoting the optimal allocation and resource sharing of scientific research forces of scientific research institutes, universities and enterprises can the “isolated island” phenomenon in scientific and technological innovation be eliminated, which is conducive to strengthening innovation driven organizational integration and improving the overall efficiency of the national innovation system.

Liu Yuxin suggested that the government guidance and market mechanism should be organically combined. We should not only give full play to the role of the state as the organizer of major scientific and technological innovation, strengthen the integration of forces across departments, disciplines, military and civil affairs, and central authorities, and build a policy coordination mechanism in science and technology, industry, finance, talent, and intellectual property; but also give play to the decisive role of the market in resource allocation We should make good use of the huge domestic market, reflect more market demand in the selection of technological routes and the industrialization of scientific and technological achievements, respect market rules, and form a support and guidance mechanism in line with the development characteristics of new technologies and new industries.

“Recently, the school is breaking the barriers between different laboratories and disciplines, cultivating new growth points and future discipline peaks. We also plan to carry out in-depth collaborative innovation with state-owned enterprises, central enterprises and large private enterprises, and establish joint R & D platforms in key areas. ” Huang said.

Support leading enterprises to form innovation consortia

In a few seconds novel coronavirus pneumonia system can be completed by AI, and AI pattern recognition of CT images can be completed. In 1 minutes, doctors can provide auxiliary diagnostic reference. Previously, doctors relied on the naked eye to read the film – a chest CT examination produced about 300 images, which took 5-15 minutes.

During the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic prevention and control, many enterprises took the lead in joint research with universities and research institutes to speed up R & D and transformation speed, and use AI technology to provide strong technological support for fighting the epidemic.

Statistics from the Ministry of science and technology show that in recent years, the dominant position of technological innovation of Chinese enterprises has been continuously enhanced, and a number of innovative enterprises with international competitiveness have accelerated their development. There are more than 200 science and technology enterprises listed on the science and technology innovation board, with a total market value of more than 3.2 trillion yuan. In 2020, although affected by the epidemic, high-tech enterprises will have a strong recovery momentum, biomedicine, digital economy and other industries will perform eye-catching and grow against the trend.

The central economic work conference proposed that enterprises should play a main role in scientific and technological innovation, support leading enterprises to form innovation consortia, and drive innovation activities of small and medium-sized enterprises.

Liu Yuxin said that it is always an important content of science and technology work to enhance the technological innovation ability of enterprises and speed up the establishment of a technological innovation system with enterprises as the main body, market as the guidance and deep integration of industry, University and research. The Ministry of science and technology will deploy the innovation chain around the industrial chain, lay out the industrial chain around the innovation chain, create a better policy environment for enterprise R & D activities and technological innovation, and strive to cultivate more innovative leading enterprises with international competitiveness.

The “bottleneck” technology of enterprise technological innovation is mostly comprehensive technology, and its breakthrough can not be achieved by one enterprise alone. It is urgent to work together to build a more systematic and comprehensive R & D organization mode. In the innovation consortium, leading enterprises are indispensable. Zhang Chidong, a researcher at the Institute of science and technology strategy consulting, Chinese Academy of Sciences, believes that “China’s innovative leading enterprises have carried out a lot of research and development work on the industry’s cutting-edge technology, have the strength to participate in global competition, and also have the ability to lead the joint development of cutting-edge technology with universities and institutes.”

Since 2017, Tencent has been approved to build a new generation of national AI open innovation platform for medical imaging. Qian Tianyi, director of Tencent medical and Health Technology Committee and general manager of Tencent Miying, said that through the establishment of innovation consortium, we can better open up the medical AI innovation chain, gather the scientific research capabilities of hospitals and medical institutions, scientific research institutions and scientific and technological innovation enterprises, and drive the innovation and progress of medical imaging research field.

Liu Yuxin said that to support leading enterprises to take the lead in forming major innovation consortia, we should focus on the key links of industrial development, increase the layout of major innovation platforms in the innovation consortia, take the implementation of major scientific and technological tasks as the traction, promote the joint participation, joint investment and sharing of achievements of industry, University, research and application, and accelerate the transformation of scientific and technological achievements of universities and scientific research institutes in the innovation consortia Industrialization and industrialization provide more high-level scientific and technological innovation supply for smooth “double circulation” and high-quality development.

People’s daily (edition 02, January 29, 2021)

(editor in chief: Zhao Zhuqing, LV Qian)