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DST & DAAD Indo-German Joint Research Collaboration 2019

The official Announcement 2019 Project- based Personnel Exchange Programme with India
– Indo-German Joint Research Collaboration – DAAD / Department of Science and Technology (DST) has been announced. Interested candidates, check out all of the information on the same:

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The ’Project-based Personnel Exchange Programme’(PPP) is a bilateral research promotion programme which is the result of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concluded in 1998 between the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

Who would be the financing institutions?

DAAD receives funds for implementing the programme through a budget allocation
made by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). On the Indian
side, the programme is funded by Government of India through the Department of
Science and Technology (DST).

What are the goals of the programme?

The basic aim of the programme is to strengthen the collaboration between Indian and German research groups, which are working jointly on a particular scientific project. The programme ’Project-based Personnel Exchange’ envisages, in this connection, financial support for operational mobility only. Particular emphasis is thereby accorded to academic training and specialization of young researchers. Concrete objectives have to be

mentioned in the application (project description) (including the number and academic credentials of the researchers to be supported).

Research collaborations entered into with the intention of initiating major projects,
such as the preparation of joint applications meant for submission to any other funding organisation, are highly preferred.

Which are the target groups?

Scientists/ researchers, university professors, post-doctoral researchers and doctoral students.

Who can apply?

University professors, scientists/researchers and post-doctoral researchers from
German and Indian universities and those in permanent positions at public funded
research institutes are eligible to apply.

The programme is open to academics in the disciplines of agricultural sciences,
veterinary medicine, forestry, engineering, earth sciences, mathematics, theoretical
computer science, informatics, medicine, life sciences, health sciences, animal sciences, nutritional medicine, physics, material sciences and chemistry.

What are the pre-requirements For application?

The pre-requisite for application is concrete and precise scientific research project
proposal of high quality, on which academics from both countries jointly, and to the
extent possible complementarily, want to work on. It would not suffice just to describe scientific problems of a general nature which both research groups are interested in.

The basic funding for the project (personnel and material costs on both sides) must
be secured by own funds or by third party funding.

The research group on each side should consist of a project leader and up to two
doctoral students or post-doctoral researchers. The total number of participants in
the project on both sides should not exceed three from each side.

The application shall be considered by DST and DAAD only if a parallel application has
been submitted simultaneously by the Indian and German partner to DST and
DAAD respectively. The project proposal must be clearly described in, the concrete
tasks that would be undertaken by the German group and those by the Indian partner.

The scientific contents of the proposal must be common from both sides.

What is the funding period?

A project, if jointly approved, shall be funded for a maximum period of two years.

In case the applicant leaves his/her institution before the expiry of the official validity
of the project, its continuity must be safeguarded, for instance through a written
confirmation by the grantee institution.

The project funds for the fiscal year 2020 and 2021, will be sanctioned subject to
the condition that the budget allocation is available to DAAD and DST through the
funding ministries.

What are the measures that can be funded?

The financial support under this scheme is available only to support exchange visits
to the partner institution, which are undertaken during the course of the project related collaboration. These allowances cover all the expenses related to mobility
and hospitality.

Short term stays of scientists and doctoral students are eligible for funding. The
maximum duration of stay for scientists is 30 days per visit per year and for doctoral
students, it is 50 days per visit per year. The project description must clearly mention the criteria used for selection of the scientist’s/ research scholars to be supported.

Within the validity of the project duration (FY 2020-2021, 2021-2022), a total of 4
visits by the German participants and 4 visits by the Indian participants shall be
funded subject to the condition that not more the one visit is permitted during a year
for a particular project participant. The funds can be utilised only to support mobility
of the project participants officially included in the project document.

The number and duration of the exchange visits under the project must be balanced
in number and days on both sides. The reciprocity of visits under the project has to
be strictly ensured from both sides.

DAAD shall bear the expenses related to international travel (including medical
insurance, visa fee, domestic travels) of the members of the German research
group to visit their Indian partner institution; and the local hospitality for members of
the Indian research group visiting Germany.

DST, on the other hand, shall bear the expenses related to International travel
related expenses (airfare, medical insurance, visa fees, domestic travel in India and
Germany of the Indian research group members visiting Germany and the local
the hospitality of the German research group members visiting India by granting respective allowances.

It is understood that the expenses incurred in connection with the project which go
beyond the scope of funding provided by DAAD and DST (basic office set-up, procurement of equipment, consumables, documentation, photocopies & printing and
personnel costs) will be borne by respective Institutions.

What cannot be funded?

The following shall not be funded:

  • Projects of the Indo-German Cooperation in Research and Technology that
    pertain to the same topic, which is already being funded by another mode, and
    also, include personnel exchange
  • Pure skill enhancement projects
  • Bilateral collaboration, which forms only a part of an otherwise multilateral collaboration funded through other routes
  • Language courses
  • Individual scholarships
  • Project-related ancillary expenses (computing time, material expenses, documentation, photocopying and printing expenses)
  • Expenses towards setting up basic facilities such as office space and equipment, as well as staff expenses
  • Pure seminar events
  • Conference participation

What are the selection criteria?

The applications shall be evaluated on both sides by the independent selection committee. The final selection shall be made jointly by DST and DAAD.

  • The key criteria for the selection are: The quality of the project (here especially:
    the clarity of project goals and methodology).
  • The scientific significance and relevance of the project (The topicality of the
    subject and the level of innovation in the project)
  • Feasibility of the research project (under which especially: security of funding
    the arrangement, preparatory work, and appropriate planning for reciprocal visits)
  • Project-relevant competency of both the research groups.
  • Complementarities of the research groups in their common objectives (with regard to methodology, content, instruments, etc.)
  • Adequate participation of young scientists.

Other criteria are:

  • Knowledge transfer between the German and the Indian group.
  • Scientific and/ or industrial usability, where applicable, of the project results.
  • An additional benefit (technical, institutional, inter-disciplinary) through cooperation
    with the Indian partner.

What are the things to be kept in mind at the time of application?

Only those applications that have been submitted by both partners to DST (by Indian partner) as well as to DAAD (by German partner), complete in all respects, shall
be considered further for evaluation. Incomplete applications, in form, shall be
summarily rejected. No advance copies of the proposals shall be accepted by DST.
The proposals received after the notified due date shall not be considered in any

What’s the deadline Of application?

The deadline of submission of online applications at DAAD Bonn Germany and also at DST New Delhi is 6th August 2019. Applications received after this deadline won’t be entertained whatsoever.

When does the funding start?

The funding shall start from FY 2020-2021.

Where should the Applications be submitted?

The German research groups should apply online on the DAAD-Portal

Just One original hardcopy of this proposal, in the prescribed format attached, duly Forwarded by Head of the Institute / University has to be submitted to DST.  A soft Copy (in single soft pdf in PDF or MS-word format) as email attachment has to also  Be delivered to [email protected]. Please Don’t include scan pages from the soft copy of this proposal. Advance copies of these proposals won’t be considered in any instance.

The German partner needs to submit an application online as Stated in https://portal.daad.de/irj/portal while the Indian partners will need to submit ONE original Hard copy of the application according to the format accessible at https://onlinedst.gov.in

Who is the contact person at DAAD?

Heike Gabler
P 33 – Projektförderung deutsche Sprache, Alumniprojekte, Forschungsmobilität
(PPP – hier mit Indien – DST)
Kennedyallee 50
53175 Bonn
Tel.: 0228 / 882-375
Fax: 0228 / 882-9375
E-mail: [email protected]

Who is the contact person at the DST in India?

For information regarding programme implementation and the application procedure
in India, please contact:

Dr. Chadaram Sivaji
International Bilateral Cooperation Division
Department of Science and Technology
Ministry of Science and Technology
Government of India
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road
New-Delhi-110 016
Tel: 011-26590489
E-mail: [email protected]

Deadline: 6th August 2019

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