Founded in 1985, the Aeronautical Science Fund?(ASF) is the major basic research sponsor in China and mainly supports scientific research activities in the field of aviation.
It focuses on new ideas, new concepts, new principles, new methods and new technologies to overcome the challenges faced by the aerospace industry. The ASF sponsors not only the research institutes affiliated to CAE, but also institutions and universities around China. ASF has been the core engine in improving academic research in aeronautical arena in China over the past 30 years, and has trained thousands of aeronautical scientists and engineers.