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CSIR & Czech Academy of Sciences Call For Project Proposals 2020

CSIR & Czech Academy of Sciences Call For Project Proposals 2020. Call for Mobility Plus Project Proposals at CSIR. Interested and eligible applicants can check out all of the details on the same below:

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Call for Mobility Plus Project Proposals

Partner Countries: India & Czech Republic

Partner organisations: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) & CZECH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES (CAS)

Programme: Mobility Plus Projects

Implementation period: 2021 – 2022

Legal framework

The call is based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Scientific and
Technological Cooperation of the year 2018 between the Council of Scientific and Industrial
Research (hereinafter referred to as CSIR) and the Czech Academy of Sciences (hereinafter
referred to as CAS).

Basic definitions

Objectives

  • Enhancement of scientific cooperation between both countries;
  • Stimulation of involvement of young researchers;
  • Support of research teams aspiring to cooperate on large international projects
    in the future;
  • Enabling the use of methodology, infrastructure and equipment for the mutual benefit
    of both institutions.

Eligibility criteria

Project proposals from all research fields excluding Humanities and Social Sciences are accepted.

Maximum project duration is 2 years, i.e. 24 months; extension beyond this period is not
permitted.

Project proposals can be submitted:

In case an applicant submits more than one project proposal within one call, only one of
them, if recommended for approval, can be funded.

Only two subsequent projects realized by the same research teams can be funded.

Research team

Each research team consists of:

  • One principal investigator (senior or junior researcher employed on regular basis);
  • One or more co-investigators (employed on regular basis).

Research team members are divided into following categories:

  • Senior researchers (5 or more years after receiving PhD);
  • Junior researchers (less than 5 years after receiving PhD);
  • Others (e.g. engineers, technicians).
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On the Indian side:

  • All members must be employees of the CSIR institutes.
  • Out of the whole team, at least 1/3 must be junior researchers.

On the Czech side:

  • All members must be employees of the CAS institutes.
  • Out of the whole team, at least 1/3 must be junior researchers or PhD students.

Financial conditions

Financial contributions must be calculated and provided in compliance with the valid national legislation and internal regulations of the partner organisations.

Up to 3 (three) projects shall be selected for funding.

On the Indian side:

  • Financial contribution shall be provided by the CSIR towards the costs of the Indian
    research team.
  • The maximum financial contribution shall be INR 8,00,000/- per mobility project per
    year.
    o Mobilty costs (travel, living expenses, insurance, visa fee) will be met by CSIR;
    o Research costs (consumables, services, equipment etc.) will be met by the
    concerned CSIR Institute.
  • The course of project implementation will be monitored through annual and final
    reports.

On the Czech side (for information only):

  • Financial contribution shall be provided by the CAS towards the costs of the Czech
    research team.
  • The maximum financial contribution shall be CZK 250,000 per mobility project per
    year.
  • Min. 50% of the approved financial contribution shall be used to cover mobility costs:
    travel, living expenses.
  •  Min. 30% of the approved financial contribution shall be used to cover research costs:
    consumables, services, small equipment, and networking.
  • Non-eligible costs are: personnel, large equipment (exceeding CZK 40,000),
    overheads.
  • There are no eligible indirect costs.
  • The ratio between mobility and research costs shall be maintained on the project level
    as well as yearly. Transferring financial contributions between these two categories is
    allowed if the minimal ratio for both categories is maintained.
  • The course of project implementation will be monitored through annual and final
    reports including use of financial means, justification of costs and possible transfers
    between categories.
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Project proposal submission:

Project proposals must be submitted in parallel to both partner organisations.

On the Indian side:

  • Project proposals must be complete and submitted within the stated deadline through
    email ([email protected]) and by post.

By submitting project proposal, the applicant:

  • Agrees to processing of personal data;
  • Declares that the information he/she stated is accurate, true and complete and that he/she
    is aware that if otherwise they will face all the legal consequences;
  • Declares that, if approved, he/she will, during the realization of the project, follow the
    Code of Ethics of researchers at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
    (https://www.csir.res.in/sites/default/files/OM%20Ethics%20Guidelines28-02-2020.pdf).

On the Czech side (for information only):

  • Project proposals in Czech or English must be complete and submitted within the stated
    deadline exclusively via the “KIS” online application (https://kis.avcr.cz/kis2/oms/login).
  • Proposals submitted in any other way may be rejected on formal grounds.

By submitting project proposal, the applicant:

Evaluation and Selection:

Consists of a two-step process:

  • At the national level, each partner organisation evaluates submitted proposals based
    on its internal rules and prepares a ranking list.
  • At the international level, both partner organizations exchange their ranking lists, merge
    them, negotiate the final ranking and approve the proposals selected for funding. Total
    number of projects approved for funding is dependent on the financial possibilities of both partner organizations.
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Criteria for evaluation of project proposals:

  • Quality of the project:
    – Scientific relevance (concept, innovative character in relation to the state-of-the art,
    quality of objectives);
    – Methodology, work plan of activities and outputs;
    – Impact of project results, their dissemination and exploitation.
  • Quality of research teams:
    – Composition and expertise of research teams;
    – Complementarity, methodology and equipment; previous cooperation and outputs;
    – Justification of collaboration needs.
  • Active involvement of junior researchers
  • Added value and broader impact of bilateral cooperation.

Evaluation of the final report:

The project results and outputs will be evaluated.

Schedule:

  • 01.04. 2020 Announcement of the call for project proposals
  • 01.06. 2020 24:00 Deadline for submission of project proposals
  • September 2020 Completion of the assessment at national level
  • October 2020 Completion of the joint assessment at international level
  • November 2020 Approval of the final results by both partner organisations
  • December 2020 Announcement of results

Contact persons:

Joint proposals complete in all respects may be submitted as per prescribed template to the below mentioned CSIR and CAS nodal officers by CSIR and CAS Scientists respectively.
The nodal officers may be contacted for any guidance and for the project proposal template.

On the CSIR side:

Kamlesh Rani (Ms)
International S&T Affairs Directorate
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
Address: Anusandhan Bhavan,
2, Rafi Marg,
New Delhi – 110001
Tel: +91-11-23736212/23316764
Email: [email protected]
URL: https://www.csir.res.in/

On the CAS side:

Julie Smilnická (Ms)
Division of International Cooperation
Czech Academy of Sciences
Address: Národní 1009/3
117 20 Praha 1
Česká republic
Tel: +420 221 403 421
Email: [email protected]
URL: http://int.avcr.cz/

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