International cooperation has been an important feature throughout the history of Shanghai Branch. Collaborative agreements have been signed with world's renowned organizations like RIKEN, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and St. Petersburg Science Center of Russian Academy of Sciences. Collaborative activities include exchange of researchers, joint research projects, symposium and workshops.
In recent years, international cooperation is booming with great diversities. With a further development of joint groups with Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, a joint institute – Shanghai-Max-Planck Institute of Computational Biology was founded. Another good example of joint institute is the Institute Pasteur of Shanghai, with the financial support from Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Government and the Institute Pasteur of France.
Moreover, some non-Chinese scientists appeared in the name list of the directors or co-directors of some research institutes. Moo-ming Poo was the first American scientist elected as the director of the Institute of Neurosciences.
Beside academic activities, Shanghai Branch also lay much attention on the cooperation with companies. Joint laboratories witnessed the long-established collaborative relations. Mutual interest and mutual benefit laid solid foundation for such collaborations as Shanghai Institute of Ceramics with Sony corporation and Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica with AstraZeneca.
Furthermore, Shanghai Branch welcomes the contact with Venture Capitals so that a new mechanism of operation would be introduced in technology transfer.