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Department of Science and Technology SOUTH AFRICA -INDIA JOINT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH COOPERATION CALL FOR PROJECT PROPOSALS 2010 CLOSING DATE: 15 July 2010 Under the framework of the South Africa-India inter-governmental bilateral agreement on cooperation in the fields of science and technology signed in 1995, a new programme of cooperation has been agreed for the years 2011 to 2013. Under this Programme of Cooperation we are pleased to announce the call for joint research project pr
  1 SOUTH AFRICA -INDIAJOINT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH COOPERATIONCALL FOR PROJECT PROPOSALS   2010 CLOSING DATE: 15 July 2010 Under the framework of the South Africa-India inter-governmental bilateral agreement oncooperation in the fields of science and technology signed in 1995, a new programme ofcooperation has been agreed for the years 2011 to 2013. Under this Programme ofCooperation we are pleased to announce the call for joint research project proposals betweenSouth African and Indian scientists / researchers, and invite all local scientists/ researcherswishing to participate, to submit their proposals by the due date indicated above. Who may apply?  South Africa : This call is open to all working researchers residing in South Africa and affiliatedwith a recognised higher education or research institution such as a university, university oftechnology or science council. An application must designate two principal investigators, one inSouth Africa and the other in India, who will bear the main responsibility for the project, includingits technical and administrative coordination as well as scientific and financial reporting. TheSouth African applicant must be in possession of at least a master’s degree (preferably a PhD).Commercial institutions and private education institutions are not eligible to apply under thisprogramme. India: The Principal Investigator (PI) and other investigators in India should be Scientists/ faculty members working in regular capacity in UGC recognized Universities/ DeemedUniversities, Academic Institutes and National Research & Development Laboratories/ Institutes. The Indian PI should not be retiring or leaving the parent institute during the proposedduration of the project. How do I apply?  South Africa : Application forms for South African applicants may be downloaded electronicallyfrom the NRF website ( A compulsory soft copy and scanned signature pageof the South African application must be submitted to: Mr Raven Jimmy (  No hard copies of the application will be accepted.   Department of Scienceand Technology    2Only applications endorsed by the research office or its equivalent at higher education orresearch institutions will be accepted. India : Application forms for Indian applicants may be downloaded from the One srcinal and five copies of project proposals may be submitted in the prescribed format to: Dr Arvind KumarScientist ‘D’International DivisionDepartment of Science & TechnologyNew Mehrauli Road, New Delhi-110016  A copy typed in MS word is to be e-mailed to;   before theclosing date. . The applications should be forwarded through the designated authority of theInstitute/University/Laboratory. Which activities may I apply for?  During the present Call, funding will only be made available for the conducting of joint researchprojects, only in the following priority areas: ã   Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Science ã   Green Chemistry and Clean Processing, and ã   Biomedical Products (including traditional medicine). Funding will be available for a maximum of three years, starting in 2011, with funds exclusivelyto be used for mobility of scientists/researchers/students associated with the project orapproved project activities. Bursaries, scholarships, publication costs, project management fees,consultant fees, VAT and purchasing of equipment will not be accommodated under thisprogramme. Consumables can be set in the budget within reasonable parameters (not morethan 15% of the total requested budget). Up to three exchange visits (visit of one person at atime being counted as one visit) may be allowed per year. Each visit may be up to a maximumof two months. Subsistence and accommodation will be the responsibility of the hosting country. The onus is on the applicant to find their own research partner. Proposals must bereceived in both India and South Africa. Proposals received in only one of the twocountries will be automatically disqualified. The NRF call process is highly competitivetherefore application does not guarantee funding. The evaluation from both countriesshould be positive for the applications to be funded. How much should I apply for?  While funding levels are not fixed, a suggested maximum of R450 000.00 per project may beused as a general indicator of available funds ( i.e. R150 000.00 per year ) in South Africa. InIndia, DST would provide the cost of approved exchange visits and consumables (up to 15% oftotal budget) based on the recommendations of the Expert Committees.Note that both scientific and financial reporting on the project is an OBLIGATORY condition offunding in subsequent years.  3 How are applications evaluated?  Following the closing date indicated below applications will be assessed separately by DST andNRF based on the following criteria: ã Track record of the applicant ã Quality of the proposal/Scientific merit ã Potential for promoting equity and redress / Capacity building ã Value addition by the collaboration/ national priority ã Possible impact of the research/national priority(Note that proposals demonstrating strong elements of capacity building, particularly among  historically disadvantaged institutions , will be favourably regarded by the South Africanside). Following these assessments, projects would be shortlisted for funding through mutualconsultations between DST and NRF based on the results of the evaluations done in bothcountries.Note further that funding will only become available once both funding agencies have completedtheir respective national procedures. The applicants should allow till March next year (2011)before the funds can be released. When is the closing date for applications?  All South African applications must be submitted by 15 July 2010 . Where can I obtain more information?    South Africa: Programme related queries    Grant related & technical queries  Mr Siyabonga Kohli Mr Raven Jimmy Tel: 012 481 4356 Tel: 012 481 4069Fax: 086 211 4533 Fax: 012 349  India:Dr Arvind KumarScientist ‘D’Department of Science & Technology Tel: 
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