India- Belgium Call For Proposals: India Belgium Networking call 2021

Designation/Position- India- Belgium Call For Proposals

Indo-Belgian Research and Technology Cooperation invites application for India- Belgium Call For Proposals from eligible and interested candidates

About- Within the framework of the Agreement between Belgium and India on cooperation in the fields of science and technology and the fifth ‘Joint Commission’ meeting on 18th January 2021, it was decided to organize a 4th call for proposals for networking activities by the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO), the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Indian Department of Biotechnology (DBT). 

This Networking call co-funded by both parties aims at supporting exchanges that leverage long term research cooperation between multiple Belgian and Indian Research institutions, based on existing infrastructure, with significant impact on a priority research area. 

Research/Job Area-  

Application based on relevant themes as mentioned below should be sent to DST or DBT, respectively.

Focus areas with DST: 

  • Space, including astronomy, solar physics and remote sensing 
  • Marine sciences (Except Bio concept)
  • Geology 
  • Cybersecurity

Focus areas with DBT

  • Marine biotechnology (organisms for industrial use, bioprospecting for bioactive compounds from marine microorganisms, algae, seaweeds, fish and crustacean farming);

Life sciences with focus on micro-organisms (Anti-Microbial Resistance with One Health approach and environmental-bioremediation);

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Other requirements:   

  • One PI/Coordinator each from India and Belgium.
  • Additional Co-PIs/Partners (up to 5) on each side are also allowed.
  • The Coordinator and Partners should be either scientists or faculty members employed by government-recognized universities, academic institutes, or national research and development laboratories or institutes. The Coordinator and the Partners must have proven high scientific reputation. 
  • Proposals must be submitted by each scientific Coordinator, who will be wholly responsible for the project and in charge of distributing financial resources among partners according to the established plan of activities.  
  • The project must be clearly centred on a well-defined research activity with wide perspectives and potential applications. 
  • The Networks call do not imply the creation of new physical infrastructures (e.g. research facilities, buildings) but are network-based projects whose purpose is to join forces to face common scientific and technological challenges as well as to stimulate fresh interaction for long term even beyond the call duration. 
  • All partners must have an intellectual and financial stake in the activities.  
  • Proof of existing financial resources available to cover the costs of infrastructure and equipment has to be provided with the proposal.   

Programme requirements:  

  • Coordinators are responsible for submitting annual scientific and financial reports in order to be eligible for continued funding.
  • Coordinators are also responsible for the technical and administrative coordination of the Network.
  • Neither Coordinator nor Partner should be retired or planning to retire during the period of the proposed project.

Job/Position Description- 

What kind of activities will be supported?

  • The networking activities may include the organisation of a joint seminar or workshop, experts’ visits, joint lab or joint field exchanges.
  • They should aim to enhance the scientific cooperation between the researchers of the partnering institutions in both countries and to contribute to a sustainable cooperation (e.g. via joint research projects) beyond the period of networking. 
  • The added value for both partners should be explicit in the proposals.
  • We propose a maximum for involved partners: 5 (if relevant, preferable balanced at both sides).
  • Duration of projects: 2 to 3 years maximum.
  • Start of the networking activities: January 2022.   
  • End of the networking activities: December 2025 (at latest).

Evaluation of proposals and selection at national and bilateral level:  

Proposals will be initially evaluated at national level and these evaluations are not mandatory for the final decision. Subsequently, the assessment will be carried out parallel at BELSPO, DST/DBT and negotiate for a joint selection. 

Proposals will be assessed according to the following evaluation criteria:

  • Scientific excellence of the proposal/ Novelty
  • Qualification of the applicants (network)
  • Synergy/Complementarity of partner Nodes and potential for knowledge transfer
  • Expected research outputs and capacity to meet the final deliverables
  • Enhancing training human resources 
  • Added-value of the networking activities 
  • Budget adequacy
  • The capacity of the network to self-sustain at the end of the funding period.

Only applying Institutions with a proven record of research excellence will be considered for selection and support.

How to Apply- 

Project proposals must be jointly prepared by the Belgian and Indian Coordinators using the application forms that can be downloaded from the BELSPO and DST/DBT websites.

Each of the two coordinators will submit the application form, duly filled-in and signed, to their respective funders (BELSPO and DST/DBT). In both countries, the forms shall be signed by the two coordinators, as well as by the legal representatives of both applying Research Institutions to which they belong.

Project proposals submitted to only one of the two Parties will not be accepted.

Applications are to be submitted both to BELSPO by the Belgian coordinator via the topping-up grant submission dossier by e-mail (in ‘Word’ and in ‘pdf’, with signatures). Deadline for submission: 17th September 2021 (at 3 p.m. in Belgium). 

Indian applicants seeking for funding from DST (on Space, including Astronomy, Solar Physics and Remote Sensing; Marine sciences (Except Bio concept); Geology; Cybersecurity) can download the proposal formats from website and should submit completed application form and all relevant information through e-PMS portal of the DST.  The proposal must be submitted to DST through the e-application system provided at with deadline of 17th September 2021 by 5 p.m. Additionally, Indian Applicants are also requested to send hard copies to DST (Dr. Sibashisa Dash, Scientist C, DST) through proper channel.

Indian applications seeking for funding from DBT (on Marine Biotechnology and Life Science) are required to submit the complete application to Dr. Abhishek Singh (Scientist C, DBT) by e-mail (in ‘Word’ and in ‘pdf’, with both side signatures). Deadline for submission: 17th September 2021 (at 5 pm). 

It should be ensured that application with identical title has been submitted by his/her Belgian counterpart by due date. Proposal (seeking fund from DST) not submitted through e-PMS portal for by due date will not be considered.

Both sides have different formats. Indian applicant should fill the format from Indian website. Belgian side applicant should fill the format from Belgian website. 

Last Date for Apply– 17 September 2021

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