Call for Proposal 2022: India-Japan Cooperative Science Programme (IJCSP)

Call for Proposal 2022:  India-Japan Cooperative Science Programme (IJCSP)

Designation/Position- Call for Proposal 2021

DST India/JSPS Japan invites applications for Call for Proposal 2022 from eligible and interested candidates

About- The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, New Delhi, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) conduct the India-Japan Cooperative Science Programme (IJCSP) to promote bilateral scientific collaboration between Indian and Japanese scientists. Applications are invited from eligible Indian researchers /scientists to submit proposals for Joint Research Projects and Joint Workshops/Seminars under IJCSP. 

Research/Job Area- 

The support is available to the following scientific areas:

  • Physical Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences 
  • Life Science & Agriculture
  • Mathematics & Computational Science
  • Astronomy & Earth Science
  • Materials & Engineering
  • COVID-19 related (Pre and post COVID)

Location- India

Eligibility/Qualification–

WHO CAN SUBMIT PROJECT PROPOSALS:

  • The joint application must include one Indian and one Japanese Principal Investigators, who would be responsible for technical as well as administrative coordination of the project and its periodic scientific and financial reporting to DST/ JSPS, respectively. 
  • The Principal Investigator (PI) and other investigators in India should be scientists/ faculty members regularly working in Universities/ Deemed Universities/ Academic Institutes and National Research & Development Laboratories/ Institutes, as well as working in private nonprofit institutions that carry on R&D activities. It is preferred that a member of the project team may be designated as Co-PI. The Indian Principal Investigator (PI) should not be retiring or leaving the parent institute during the proposed duration of the project.
  • The Japanese PIs must be full-time researchers employed at universities or other research institutions recognized by JSPS. The JSPS website (www.jsps.gov.jp) may be referred to for further details regarding Japanese participants.
  • The Indian applicants who are involved in implementing two or more projects previously supported by the DST (International Group) and not expected to be completed by 31st March 2023 are not eligible to be research team members.  
  • Indian and Japanese PIs must submit the same project proposal to the respective Authorities responsible for implementing the Executive Programme. Proposals submitted in only one country will not be considered for evaluation.  
  • Projects must refer to activities completed within the period of validity of the Executive Programme and be drafted in English.
  • Each Principal Investigator (PI) must submit one proposal only. All applicants must fulfill national eligibility rules to apply for mobility grants (see below and check national annexes for specific requirements). Proposed collaborations should build on and reinforce already existing research activities between teams in both countries and should contribute with significant added value to these activities. Funding will be granted within the limits of the available annual resources of each Party.

Preference will be given to applicants having an ongoing national project on the same problem and wish to connect with their counterparts through Indo-Japanese collaboration to bridge the research gap through mobility grants in accomplishing the objectives of the ongoing national project.

Job/Position Description- 

Duration of the Project: The project would be up to two years. (Visits to be completed within one year and 10 months).  

Kind of support available: 

  • The sending side would provide the international travel cost, and receiving side will provide local hospitality, including accommodation charges, per-diem and local travel.

DST provides the following support under the Programme:

Costs for the exchange of researchers and contingency @ Rs 25,000 per year will be financed and NO other support like consumables, manpower or equipment etc should be expected or proposed under the Mobility program.  

  • For Indian Researchers – Cost of International airfare to and from the designated research location, visa fee, airport taxes, overseas medical insurance premium for the approved visit duration and airport transfers in India.  
  • For joint workshops/seminars to be organized in India, local travel costs of selected Indian participants and organizing expenses may also be considered for support as per DST norms. Due to pandemics, virtual workshops/seminars are encouraged.

How to Apply- 

  • Duly filled relevant application forms distributed by the Department of Science and Technology (also available on the websites www.dst.gov.in in India and www.jsps.gov.jp in Japan) approved by the heads of the institutions of the coordinators.  
    • Curricula vitae of both research teams. 
    • Letter of intent exchanged between the coordinators of the project.

Submission

  • The deadline for the submission of proposals is 6th September 2022.
  • The Indian researchers can download the proposal formats from websites www.dst.gov.in/ www.onlinedst.gov.in and should submit a completed application form and all relevant information. Proposals must be submitted to DST through the proper channel through the e-application system provided at www.onlinedst.gov.in in DST format ONLY by 6th September 2022. It should be ensured that his / her Japanese counterpart has submitted an application with the identical title to JSPS by the due date.
  • Proposals submitted only on one side will not be considered. 
  • Japanese Principal Investigators must submit proposals with a matching joint research project/seminars plan to JSPS simultaneously. Japanese Researchers are requested to contact JSPS for their application submission period, documents to be submitted etc. 
  • Soft copies of the proposal should be e-mailed to the following email: ujjwala@nic.in; mahak.garg@gov.in  VI.  Evaluation of  Proposals
  • Proposals will be initially evaluated at the national level. Project proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:  
  •  -Scientific relevance of the research project 
  • Methodology and documentation 
    • Coherent Qualifications of the applicants 
    • The added value of the proposed staff exchanges for project activities 
    • Added value to the bilateral cooperation 
    • Contribution of the project to addressing societal challenges 
    • Use and dissemination of results 

Last Date for Apply– 06 September 2022

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