SIMIT has always been emphasizing, seeking and actively engaging in international collaborations and exchanges. SIMIT started 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, established joint laboratories of superconductor and bioelectronics and quantum materials in 2010 and 2014,respectively. We also entered into an agreement to build the “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 including 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 parties 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,based  on the principles 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 actively conducted exchange programs and collaboration projects with research institutes throughout the world such as 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 were jointly 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 has organized and attended a number of  large-scale international conferences. We will continue to promote international collaborations and interactions to boost our global influence.