Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2019, Vol. 74 ›› Issue (1): 191-198.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201901014

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The historical evolution and outlook for the application code of geography discipline, NSFC

ZHANG Chaolin1(),ZHENG Yanming1,FAN Wenjie1,2,FU Bojie1,3   

  1. 1. Department of Earth Sciences, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Beijing 100085, China
    2. State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS, Beijing 100085, China
    3. Institute of Remote and GIS, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
  • Received:2018-12-13 Online:2019-01-18 Published:2019-01-18


The application code of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) is the guide for forming a reasonable funding pattern of basic research, fostering the balanced and coordinated development of disciplines, encouraging interdisciplinary disciplines and developing new research directions. In this paper, we have firstly carried on the historical evolution for application code system of geography discipline since the establishment of the NSFC (1986). Then more attentions were paid to analyze the design characteristics of the geography application code system in the direction of water, soil, ecosystem services, environment and the human-land relationship evolution in the new period, and prospect the impact on the funding pattern of basic research in the future.

Key words: National Natural Science Fund, geography, application code, funded pattern