Research projects are the main base of supporting high-level scientific research and high-quality talents training, meanwhile, which are an important force to lead the development of disciplines. National science and technology programs (special projects, funds) are the main source of Tsinghua’s R&D expenditures.

In 2016, the first projects sponsored by National Key Research and Development Program are initiated formally, Tsinghua performs 30 projects among them. Besides that, Tsinghua wins 591 grants from National Nature Science foundation. The whole year, central and local governments provide over 2000 million yuan for more than 1400 projects for the university .

In 2016,Tsinghua University conducted 720 new humanities and social sciences research projects,confirmed the expenditure more than 200 million, including 11 major projects supported by National Social Science Foundation.