SIMIT always engages in international cooperation and exchange. Its cooperation with Germany-based Helmholtz Association started in 2006 and has since remained a CAS-Helmholtz partner research teams. On the basis of personnel exchange and project cooperation, SIMIT and Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, an affiliate of Helmholtz Association, established joint laboratories on superconducting and bioelectronics and on quantum materials in 2010 and 2014, respectively. They signed an agreement on the joint construction of “Sino-German Virtual Joint Institute on Functional Materials and Electronics” in 2015. A number of significant research results have been achieved over more than 10 years of cooperation.

On October 20, 2016, a high-level delegation comprising the chairman of the Helmholtz Association, director of Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, and heads of several research centers affiliated with the Helmholtz Association paid an exchange visit to SIMIT, and both sides signed an agreement on a third round of strategic cooperation, under which both parties shall, on the principle of complementary advantages and win–win cooperation, further promote their strategic cooperation in aspects such as superconducting technology, sensor technology, bioelectronics, energy and environment, and quantum information in various forms, including construction of joint research laboratories and sharing of research facilities, academic seminars, and personnel exchange.

Through continued personnel exchange and project cooperation with research institutions in countries such as US, Japan, France, and Canada, SIMIT contributed to over 10 international cooperation projects in the charge of National Natural Science Foundation of China, Ministry of Science and Technology and Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality in areas such as high-end Si-based materials, micro/nano-sensor technology, Terahertz solid-state technology, and phase change memory technology. In addition, SIMIT organized or attended numerous major national conferences to continually promote international cooperation and exchange and boost SIMIT’s global influence.