THE MINISTRY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Circular No. 08/2015/TT-BKHCN dated May 05, 2015 of the Ministry of Science and Technology prescribing regulations on implementation of bilateral and multilateral cooperation program for scientific and technological research to 2020 and program for offshore technology transfer and search to 2020 
Pursuant to the Government’s Decree No. 08/2014/ND-CP dated January 27, 2014 providing instructions on the implementation of a number of articles of the Law on Science and Technology;
Pursuant to the Government’s Decree No. 20/2013/ND-CP dated February 26, 2013 defining the functions, tasks, entitlements and organizational structure of the Ministry of Science and Technology;
Executing the Prime Minister’s Decision No. 538/QD-TTg dated April 16, 2014 on approval for bilateral and multilateral cooperation program for scientific and technological research to 2020;
Executing the Prime Minister’s Decision No. 1069/QD-TTg dated July 04, 2014 on approval for program for offshore technology transfer and search to 2020;
At the request of Director General of Department of International Cooperation and Director General of Legal Affairs;
The Minister of Science and Technology promulgates the Circular regulating the implementation of bilateral and multilateral cooperation programs for scientific and technological research to 2020 and programs for offshore technology transfer and search to 2020.
Chapter I
GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 1. Scope and regulated entities
1. This Circular regulates the implementation of the bilateral and multilateral cooperation program for scientific and technological research to 2020 approved by the Prime Minister in the Decision No. 538/QD-TTg and the program for offshore technology transfer and search to 2020 approved by the Prime Minister in the Decision No.1069/QD-TTg dated July 04, 2014 (hereinafter referred to as the Program).
2. This Circular applies to organizations, individuals engaged in the Program, relevant state agencies, organizations and individuals.
Article 2. Interpretation of terms
In this Circular, some terms are construed as follows:
1. Document regarding research cooperation with foreign partners means a written agreement between leaders of the Communist Party and State with foreign partners on science and technology; the minutes of committee and subcommittee meeting on scientific and technological cooperation; Written bilateral and multilateral agreement on scientific and technological cooperation between the Minister of Science and Technology (its representative) and foreign partners; the document regarding scientific and technological cooperation between heads of the Ministries, ministerial-level agencies, People’s committees of central-affiliated cities and provinces, central state agencies (hereinafter referred to as the Ministries, regulatory bodies and local governments) and foreign partners.
2. Offshore technology search means the process of study to discover and assess outstanding features of offshore technology and transfer of such technology into Vietnam serving scientific, technological, socio-economic development in the country.
3. Technology search expert means a person who has in-depth knowledge and enormous capacity for analysis and assessment, able to provide professional advice on technology transfers, and is well-qualified for participating in the search for technology and supporting technology transfers.
4. Technology documentation report means a collection of information, documents in relation to technology, new features of technology, competitive advantages and potential applications of technology; development stages of technology (from ideas, laboratories, pre-feasibility/feasibility studies, intellectual property ownership registration…); entities holding technology; conditions and capability of transferring technology to serve research activities, control and apply technology.