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BRICS Call For COVID-19 Pandemic Joint Research Projects

BRICS Call For COVID-19 Pandemic Joint Research Projects. Interested and eligible applicants can check out all of the details on the same below:

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BRICS STI Framework Programme
Response to COVID-19 pandemic coordinated call
for BRICS multilateral projects 2020
Call is open until 18th August 2020, 15:00 Moscow Time (UTC+3)

I. General Description

I-1. Joint Funding for Multilateral Research Cooperation and Thematic areas

The COVID-19 pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 is one of the greatest global
challenges, and as such warrants a global response. BRICS countries account for
more than 25% of the world territory, more than 40% of the world population and play a
vital role in the world economy. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the BRICS STI
Framework Programme is launching a call for multilateral basic, applied and innovation
research projects facilitating cooperation among the researchers and institutions in the
consortia which consist of partners from at least three BRICS countries corresponding
to the following thematic areas:

  1. Research and development of new technologies/tools for diagnosing COVID-19.
  2. Research and development of COVID-19 vaccines and drugs, including the repurposing of available drugs.
  3. Genomic sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 and studies on the epidemiology and mathematical modelling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. AI, ICT and HPC oriented research for COVID-19 drugs design, vaccine development, treatment, clinical trials and public health infrastructures and systems.
  5. Epidemiological studies and clinical trials to evaluate the overlap of SARS-CoV-2 and comorbidities, especially tuberculosis.

As part of the initiative the following research funding organizations from the BRICS
countries have agreed to jointly establish a scheme for funding multilateral cooperative
activities:

Brazil:
National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq)

Russia:
Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises (FASIE)
Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR)

India:
Department of Biotechnology (DBT)
Department of Science and Technology (DST)

China:
Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)
National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

South Africa:
South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)

Please note that the thematic areas and type of supported research vary depending on the particular participating funding organization. More details can be found in respecting National Annex document (available on http://bricssti.org/index.php?p=new/27) or from national contact points. However, the general information on thematic areas supported by each of the participating funding organization is presented below

I-2. Invitation for Proposals and Prospective Applicants

The BRICS STI FP participating funding organizations shall invite applicants from their
countries to identify potential partners in at least two other BRICS countries and to
jointly prepare proposals for cooperative R&D projects in the five thematic areas of the
call.

All applicants must fulfil their respective national eligibility rules for a research grant
applications (please refer to the National Annex document and consult with national
research funding organization participating in the call).

I-3. Financial Support

The participating funding organizations plan to support cooperative activities including
exchange of researchers from the participating counterpart countries. Conditions of
support will vary by country and respecting national funding organizations’ approaches,
with a common rule that each participating funding organization funds its national
researchers or institutions.

The duration of a cooperative research project will be two years with an expected start of
projects in the 1st quarter of 2021.

II. Application for BRICS Call For COVID-19 Pandemic Joint Research

A joint project will comprise of at least one Principal Investigator (PI) from each of the
participating countries (please also refer to national annexes for additional
requirements), with one of the project participants also acting as a Project Coordinator
(or leading PI). Project consortia should consist of partners from at least three of the
BRICS countries participating in a specific thematic area of the call.

A Joint Application Form (JAF) (link for download: http://bricssti.org/files/JAF_BRICS_Call_2020.docx) shall first be submitted by the Project Coordinator to the Call Secretariat through the online BRICS STI Framework
Programme Application Management System (BRICS AMS) at http://ams.rfbr.ru/BRICS. JAF must be completed in English.

In addition to the JAF, each national team of a project shall submit an additional
national component (i.e. proposal) to the relevant national participating funding
organization following all required procedures of each particular participating funding
organization.

The Joint Application Form includes information on:

  1. Thematic area;
  2. Title and acronym of the cooperative research project;
  3. Abstract;
  4. Proposed period of the cooperative research project;
  5. Research team;
  6. Budget requested.

The national component to be submitted shall vary in form, terms and information
provided depending on the particular participating funding organization. More details
can be found in the National Annex document (can be downloaded from http://bricssti.org/index.php?p=new/27 page) and on the websites of participating funding organizations.

The project which does not submit in due date a fully completed Joint Application Form to the Call Secretariat through Application Management System (ams.rfbr.ru) or national components to all respecting national funding organizations will automatically be considered as ineligible.

II-2. Preparation of Application Forms for BRICS Call For COVID-19 Pandemic Joint Research

Applicants should agree on the aims, research strategy and management, the title of
the project, and agree on the project coordinator. Based on these arrangements the
applicants should complete the Joint Application Form (JAF) and national components.

II-3. Submission of Application Forms by Applicants

Applicants must submit the Joint Application Form (JAF) to the Call Secretariat via the
online application submission tool until 15:00 (Moscow Time, UTC+3) on 18th August
2020.

To submit the JAF an online-submission form must be completed via the BRICS STI
Framework Programme Application Management System (BRICS AMS) at
http://ams.rfbr.ru/BRICS. The project coordinator should register in BRICS AMS, log in
and create a proposal for the BRICS STI FP Call 2020. The Project Coordinator must
fill in all the required fields and submit an application. The online submission form fields
are identical to the information provided in JAF, however, the completed JAF as a file
attachment to the online form is encouraged to be uploaded in the “upload file” section
of the online submission form.

Additional partner(s) to the minimum eligible number of required participants is allowed
to join a project at their own costs. If any additional partner is joining the project on own
costs, requested funding amount should be stated as “0” in the corresponding proposal
box item.

Applications submitted to the Call Secretariat by any method other than through online
submission form at http://ams.rfbr.ru/BRICS, such as post or e-mail, will be rejected.

An additional national component should be submitted to the respective
national funding organization according to its own rules and procedures.

Please note that submission deadline for a national component may vary from the deadline for JAF submission to the Call Secretariat.

II-4. Receipt of Application Forms by Call Secretariat

Following the online submission of an application, the respecting confirmation message
with proposal registration number will be shown in the confirmation message. On “my
projects” page in BRICS AMS the project thereafter will be shown with assigned
registration number and status “Registered”.

II-5. Retraction of submitted application

At any time after online submission of an application before the due date, an applicant
can retract the application for modification on “my projects” page in BRICS AMS.

Following retraction action, an application is considered as “not submitted”. Resubmission of the application is only possible until the call deadline (15:00 (Moscow Time, UTC+3) on 18th August 2020).

V. National Contact Points

Applicants should contact the following national contact points for information on each
Party’s national eligibility rules or support conditions:

Brazil:

National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq)

Lelio Fellows Filho
General Coordinator of International Cooperation
National Council for Scientific and Technological
Development – CNPq
Tel: +55-61-3211-9247
E-mail: [email protected]

Russia:

Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises (FASIE)

Mrs. Olga Levchenko
Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative
Enterprises
Phone: +7 495 231 38 51
Email: [email protected]

Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR)

Mr. Yaroslav Sorokotyaga
Division Director
International Relations Department
Russian Foundation for Basic Research
Tel: +7 499 941 0196
E-mail: [email protected]

Mr. Denis Rudik
Senior Expert
International Relations Department
Russian Foundation for Basic Research
Tel: +7 499 941 0196
E-mail: [email protected]

India:

Department of Biotechnology (DBT)

Dr. Manish Rana,
Scientist ‘E’
Department of Biotechnology,
Ministry of Science & Technology Govt. of India ,
Room No. 612, 6th Floor, Block- 2, CGO Complex,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110003
Phone No.-011-24363012
Email: [email protected]

Department of Science and Technology (DST)

Dr. Arvind Kumar
Scientist E
International Multilateral and Regional Cooperation
Division
Department of Science and Technology
Tel: +91-11-26602213
email: [email protected]

China:

Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)

LI Wenjing (Ms.)
Programme Officer
Department of International Cooperation
Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), China
Tel: +86-10-58881321
E-mail: [email protected]

National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

Rong Nianhe (Mr.)
Programme Officer
Bureau of International Cooperation
National Natural Science Foundation of
China
Tel: +86-10-62326998
Fax: +86-10-62327004
E-mail: [email protected]

South Africa:

South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)

Dr Niresh Bhagwandin
Executive Manager: Strategic Research
Initiatives
South African Medical Research Council
Tel: +27-21-938 0652
email: [email protected]
Website: www.mrc.ac.za

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