Based on the guidelines established in a 2013 MoU between CAS and CONICYT, and more specific agreement between NAOC and SOCHIAS, CAS has promised to support up to four collaborative projects during each Call, for 1-2 years duration and with a funding level not to exceed 75,000 USD per year. In 2021, a Call for joint research proposal was issued for the calendar year 2021 to the astronomy communities of both countries. The application and evaluation process was significantly delayed due to the CoVID-19 pandemic. Ten proposals were received by of June 2021, and these have been evaluated by a panel of senior Chilean and Chinese astronomers, and reviewed by the China-Chile Joint Committee (JCCC) in November, 2021. Among these high quality joint research projects, four teams were selected to be supported by the Joint Fund for the current round.
- “A Self-contained Turbulence Profiler for Astronomical Site Testing and Monitoring” by Zhaohui shang from NAOC and Jaime Cariñe from Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción (UCSC),
- “An effective assessment of light pollution in support of modern site-testing activities” by Man-On Pun from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Eduardo Unda-Sanzana from Universidad de Antofagasta (UA),
- “Revealing the Exoplanetary System Architecture from a Chi-Chi Collaboration” by Wei Zhu from Tsinghua University and Cristobal Petrovich from PUC,
- “Dissecting the disk around an isolated planetary mass object (OTS44)” by Yao Liu from Purple Mountain Observatory and Amelia Bayo from Universidad de Valparaíso.