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Roles and Responsibilities

EcoPartnerships are required to fulfill the following in order to remain Active:

  • Share
    • Post Lessons Learned on Website
    • Partake in Program Events

The Secretariat offers to do the following for all Active EcoPartnerships:

  • Assist
    • Provide technical assistance with Creating the Implementation Plan.*  
  • Connect
    • Facilitate outreach 
  • Champion
    • Highlight Successes
    • Identify Emerging Opportunities


  • Annual Workshop
  • Virtual Meeting
  • Phone Call Every Few Months


*note that no direct funding is provided to EcoPartnerships

Application and Selection Process

There is no cost to apply, but all participating organizations must be able to fulfill the Roles and Responsibilities outlined in the section, above. If an organization is currently in an EcoPartnership, it may not apply to join the program with new partners.

Application Process

The following steps outline the application and selection process:

1. Download an Application Template and work with your partner(s) to fill out all sections. One application must be entirely in English, and an identical application entirely in Chinese.

2. Submit the English and Chinese applications to the contact listed in the template during the solicitation period.

3. The Secretariat notifies applicants if their application was accepted (must be complete, in both languages, and on time) or rejected.

4. The Secretariat sends accepted applications to Advisory Committees comprised of experts from across the U.S. and Chinese governments.

5. The Advisory Committees review the applications according to the Selection Criteria, and then develop consensus selections.

6. The selection results are conveyed to all applicants within 45 days of the application deadline.

7. The Secretariat convenes an EcoPartnership Signing Ceremony and Workshop for all newly selected EcoPartnerships, which are typically held in conjunction with the annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

8. New EcoPartnerships sign a Statement of Intent at the Signing Ceremony indicating their commitment to work with their partner as described in their application.

9. All EcoPartnerships (new and existing) attend a Workshop the following day to share their progress and explore new opportunities in the program.

Only content requested in the application template is considered by the Advisory Committees. No efforts should be made to provide additional information or otherwise engage the Advisory Committee during their reviews.

Selection Process

Applications are evaluated on the extent to which the proposed EcoPartnership:

1. Aligns with one or more Focus Areas of the U.S.-China Ten-Year Framework (TYF) for Cooperation on Energy and Environment or U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group (CCWG).

2. Outlines an innovative, collaborative project that is worthy of premier recognition and support. There must be a tangible application / demonstration at a pilot scale during the course of the 3 year life of the EcoPartnership, rather than simply having a study or other preparatory work as the primary deliverable.

3. States a significant, viable goal to be achieved at the culmination of the project, and another for the medium term (several years after the project is complete). Specifies relevant metrics by which to gauge progress toward those goals. U.S. and Chinese peers (e.g. other cities, companies, universities of similar attributes) should be able to leverage insights from the EcoPartnership and replicate best practices.

4. Leverages a solid relationship with the proposed China/U.S. partner. It should be clear that the EcoPartnership program will elevate this relationship to a new level and thus unlock new opportunities, rather than just serve as recognition of a collaboration that will succeed to the same degree regardless of participation in the program. There must be reasonable expectation that a basic existing relationship / meaningful interaction had been established between the applicants prior to the application to ensure that their interests are aligned and their cooperation is viable.

5. Identifies comprehensive teams with relevant previous experience and qualifications to fulfill key roles, rather than only one or two experts responsible for all of the work (ensures resiliency if the staff change over time).

6. Receives clear support from decision makers in each organization with sufficient existing financial resources and equipment to fulfill the proposed activities.


The 2015 solicitation for new EcoPartnerships is now closed. Information on the 2016 solicitation will be posted here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. Should I have a matching partner organization in China/US before I apply?

Q. Is the EcoPartnership program competitive?

Q. How can I get funding for my EcoPartnership?

Q. How much time and effort is required to remain adequately engaged?

Q. What happens if I am selected but do not fulfill my Roles and Responsibilities?

Q. What is the duration of an EcoPartnership?

Q. Who should I contact if I have additional questions?


Q: Should I have a matching partner organization in China/US before I apply? 

A: Yes, you should have a partner organization with whom you can submit a joint application.

Q: Is the EcoPartnership program competitive?

A. Yes. EcoPartnership proposals are vetted by the EcoPartnership Secretariat, and only the best-designed, most promising partnership proposals are approved. Applicants who are not selected to be EcoPartners are encouraged to improve their proposals and apply subsequently.

Q: How can I get funding for my EcoPartnership?

A: While active EcoPartnerships receive in-kind technical support from the Secretariat, no funding is provided. 

Q: How much time and effort is required to remain adequately engaged?

A: In addition to the requirements noted in the Roles and Responsibilities section of the website, generally each leadership team visits its counterpart, on-site, at least once a year. Frequent video teleconferences and emails are recommended, as practicable.

Q: What happens if I am selected but do not fulfill my Roles and Responsibilities?

A: If attempts to remedy the situation are not successful, the EcoPartnership will be dismmed from the program.    

Q: What is the duration of an EcoPartnership?

A: Each EcoPartnership will be different, but it should last about three years. The Implementation Plan developed by the EcoPartnership and approved by the Secretariat outlines the work that will be done in this time.  Once the partners complete their involvement in the EcoPartnerships program, they are encouraged to continue their collaboration as long as there is mutual benefit.

Q: Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

A: Click here to submit your question.


Many organizations have expressed interest in applying to the program, but do not have a partner from the other country.  In order to facilitate this opportunity, the Secretariat established a platform for single organizations to post information about their team and proposed areas of collaboration so that can find a match. 

In order to be featured as a single on the EcoPartnerships website, fill-out and submit the singles profile, below. The Secretariat will review the form for completeness and post it as soon as possible.  If you find a partner, you may apply to join the program during the next solicitation.  Having a profile posted to the website is not a guarantee that one will ultimately find a partner with whom to apply to the program, or get selected as an EcoPartnership.

List of Singles

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