SIMIT has always been emphasizing, seeking and actively engaging in international collaborations and exchanges. Its collaborations with Germany-based Helmholtz Association started in 2006, and has become one of the CAS-Helmholtz research partners. Through personnel exchanges and project collaborations, SIMIT and Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, an affiliate of Helmholtz Association, have established joint laboratories of superconductor and bioelectronics and quantum materials in 2010 and 2014respectively. We also signed an agreement to build a “Sino-German Virtual Joint Institute on Functional Materials and Electronics” in 2015. Over 10 years of collaboration have produced many important research advancements.

A high-level delegation comprising the chairman of the Helmholtz Association, the director of Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, and the directors of several research centers affiliated with the Helmholtz Association visited SIMIT on October 20, 2016. The two sides signed an agreement on a third round of strategic collaborations. Through building joint research laboratories, facility sharing, seminars, and personnel exchanges, the two parties shall, on the principle of complementary strengths and win–win cooperation, further promote the strategic alliance in research areas such as superconductor technology, sensor technology, bioelectronics, energy and environment, and quantum informatics.

SIMIT has active exchange programs and collaboration projects with research institutes throughout the world like US, Japan, France, and Canada, in areas of advanced silicon-based materials, micro-nano-sensor technology, terahertz solid state technology, and PCRAM technology. The parties jointly were awarded more than 10 grants from the National Natural Science Foundation, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality. Moreover, SIMIT organized and attended numerous large-scale international conferences. We will continue to promote international collaborations and interactions to boost our global influence.