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DBT-BMBF, Indo-German Cooperation – Health Research Call for Proposals 2017

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Within the agreement of Indo-German cooperation in S&T of 1974, the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and Forschungszentrum Julich BMBH (FZJ), Federal Republic of Germany, has agreed for cooperative programme in biotechnology.

The purpose of the programme is to stimulate new collaborations, e.g. the preparation of joint projects under national funding programmes. The programme facilitates bilateral cooperation in biotechnology between the scientific communities of India and Germany by way of Joint research projects which will encompass Bilateral workshops/seminar and exchange visits of scientist.

  1. Nodal Implementing Agencies
    Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, New Delhi and the Project Management Agency at the German Aerospace Center (DLR-PT, European and International Cooperation), Bonn are the nodal implementing agencies from the Indian and German side respectively.
  2. Area of cooperation
    Proposals in identified priority area is ”Bioinformatics in Health Research”.
  3. Evaluation and selection criteria
     Relevance to German and Indian national programmes and multinational programmes
    (e.g. EU-programmes)
     Preparation of new projects in applied fields of mutual benefit and justification for
     Quality and originality of research approach
     Qualification of applicant and availability of infrastructure
     Expected results and outcomes
     Proposals should include young scientists

4. Who can apply?
Scientists/faculty members working in regular capacity in universities, national R&D
laboratories/ institutes and private R&D institutes can apply under this programme.

Private Sector: Partners from all kind of private sectors are welcome, but financing is limited:
1. For Indian scientists from the private sector, only local hospitality in Germany as part
of the exchange visit is available from the German side;
2. For German scientists from the private sector, only travel costs are available for
small and medium size enterprises (for definition of SME ref. to 2003/361/EC) as well
as local hospitality in India will be borne by themselves.

5. Project duration
2 years, extendable by one year with prior approval by DBT and BMBF.

6. Processing
Joint research projects are required to be submitted to both the nodal agencies by 15 January 2015. Unilaterally submitted projects shall not be considered.

Jointly agreed collaborative research project on specific formats would be received by the
respective Secretariat of the Programme. On German side, the International Bureau of BMBF requests electronic applications (+ 1 paper version with signatures) in English or German using the following website:
On Indian side five copies and soft copy of the English version of the joint project along with Indian cost proforma detailed in Annexure-A must be submitted. In addition, Indian Companies are required to submit audited statement of last three years and should have DSIR certification. Indian companies should contribute 50% of the budget towards the project.

The projects should be submitted to the nodal persons whose contact details are given below.
All received proposals are peer reviewed and processed independently by both sides.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline for submission of completed applications – 15th January, 2018
  • Proposed commencement of Projects – 1st May, 2018

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