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Indo-Russian Joint Research under DST & RSF: Call for Proposals | Apply by 20 June 2021

Designation/Position- Indo-Russian Joint Research

Department of Science & Technology, Government of India and Russian Science Foundation (RSF) invites application for Indo-Russian Joint Research from eligible and interested candidates

About- Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India and Russian Science Foundation (RSF) have concluded a Programme of Cooperation (POC) for funding of Joint Research Proposals in India and Russia in the areas of Basic Science.
Under this POC, each project will receive annual funding of up to equivalent of US $ 100,000 in respective national currencies. Indo-Russian Joint Research

Research/Job Area- Smart transport and telecommunications; Smart healthcare and medicine; New Materials; Plant and Animal Bio-Technology; Clean Energy; Artificial Intelligence; Safe Food

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 Project on each side to be implemented by a project team consisting of at least 4 members and maximum up to 10 members and should consist of min 50% of young scientists/faculty (below 39 years).
 Indian PIs should be scientists/faculty members working in a regular capacity in universities, academic institutes and national research and development laboratories/institutes. The Indian Principal Investigator (PI) should not be retiring or leaving the parent institute during the proposed duration of the project.
 Project coordinators on both sides must have published at least 10 research articles in SCI indexed journals in last 5 years.
 It is expected that each supported project would result in to at least 10 research publications in SCI indexed journals.

 Indian researchers currently implementing any Indo-Russian joint project which is likely to be over after 31st December 2021 are not eligible to submit proposal under this call.
 The Indian scientists who are in any way involved in the implementation of two or more projects that were previously supported by the DST (International Group) and that are not expected to be completed by 31 December 2021 are also not eligible to be a member of the research team.

Job/Position Description- 

DST and RSF invite active Indian and Russian scientists / researchers to submit proposals for Joint Research Project in the following areas under DST- RSF cooperation:
(1) Smart transport and telecommunications;
(2) Smart healthcare and medicine;
(3) New Materials;
(4) Plant and Animal Bio-Technology;
(5) Clean Energy;
(6) Artificial Intelligence;
(7) Safe Food;
Proposals submitted in other research areas will not be considered.

  • The duration of each project is three years.
  • Expected start of projects: January 2022.

Kind of support available for Joint Project:

Each project will receive annual funding of up to Rs. 70,00,000 from DST and up to Rbls 70,00, 000 from RSF. This funding will cover the following expenses in connection with a project:

 Consumables, Accessories, Fellowships and other research expenses; Expenditure by project team in their country would be borne by the respective country, i.e., DST would support expenditure on Indian side of the project whereas RSF would meet the expenditure of Russian side.
Support for Exchange visit component: The sending side would provide return international airfare, accommodation, per diem, etc. Presently for the approved visit of Indian scientists to Russia, following expenditure are agreed: international fare (from nearest airport to destination city by economy excursion class), cash allowance @ US $ 50 per day for visit less than a week and US $ 40 per day for longer visit; accommodation upto US $ 100 per night (subject to receipt US $ 125 in case of Moscow / St. Petersburg), local transport upto US $ 25 (subject to receipt) and overseas medical insurance by silver class for visit duration.
 A maximum of 40 % of the Indian side’s budget may be allowed for consumables.
Institutional Overhead: As per DST norms.

General Info-

  • The Indian and Russian team leaders should submit identical application to respective nodal agency, upon consultations, using the respective forms prescribed by DST and RSF. Applications submitted by one side only; not on prescribed format and received after due date will not be accepted. Indian/Russian team leaders should, therefore, ensure that their counterpart submits an identical application onprescribed format as per guidelines of nodal agencies by due date date.
  • The team leader shall be entitled to submit only one application to take part in thiscompetition. There shall be no restriction on the number of projects that one organization may implement.
  • All proposals should be supported with brief bio-data of entire project team members indicating their affiliation, date of birth, highlights of academic and research activities / awards.
  • Indian researchers should submit their proposals on format available at www.onlinedst.gov.in. After registration, they should move to scheme and format section where details about this call would be available in the International cooperation (bilateral). One hard copy of the proposal should be sent to Department of Science & Technology at contacts given below.
  • Title of the project submitted on both systems should be identical.Opening of call for proposal is 15th March, 2021 List of selected projects is likely to be posted on website www.dst.gov.in and www.rscf.ru in December 2021.
  • Russian and Indian teams should comply to national regulations described in thecall documentation.
  • The size of one grant of the RSF shall range from 4 (four) to 7 (seven) million Rubles annually. The size of one grant from the Department shall range up to 7 (seven) million Indian rupees annually.

How to Apply- 

The Indian researchers can download the proposal formats from websites www.dst.gov.in / www.onlinedst.gov.in and should submit completed application form and all relevant information through e-PMS portal of the DST. Proposals must be submitted to DST through the e-application system provided at www.onlinedst.gov.in. Indian Applicants also requested to send one hard copy to DST (Dr. Sibashisa Dash, Scientist C, DST) by 20th June 2021 through proper channel. It should be ensured that application with identical title has been submitted by his / her Russian counterpart to RSF by due date. Proposal not submitted through either ePMS portal or hard copy by due date will not be considered. DST will not be liable for any postal delay. For further details and clarifications, if any, kindly contact any of the following in India or Russia:

For India

Dr. Sibashisa Dash, Scientist ‘C’, International Division, Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, GOI, 14, Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi – 110016, India, Tel: +91-11-26590317, E-mail: sdash.dst@gov.in ,

URL:www.dst.gov.in / www.onlinedst.gov.in

For Russia

Mr. KONOVALOV Sergei, International Division Russian, Science Foundation, GSP-2, 109992, ul. Solyanka, d. str. 3MOSCOW (Russia), E-mail: konovalov@rscf.ru, URL: www.rscf.ru

Last Date for Apply–  20 June 2021

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