India-Belarus Joint Call for Proposals 2022-2024: India-Belarus Joint Research Programme

India-Belarus Joint Call for Proposals 2022-2024: India-Belarus Joint Research Programme.

Date: Saturday, July 9, 2022 to Thursday, September 15, 2022

CLOSING DATE – 15th SEPTEMBER 2022

India-Belarus Joint Call for Proposals 2022-2024

The Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India and the State Committee of Scientific Research of Belarus invite joint R&D project proposals from scientists & technologists from India and Belarus:

The DST and the State Committee (hereinafter referred to as the “Implementing Agencies”) hereby invite Indian and Belarusian scientists/researchers to submit proposals for Joint Research Projects in following areas:

(1)    Information and Communication Technologies with focus on Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Cloud Services

(1) Biotechnology including Medicine and Pharmacy

(3)  New Materials with particular focus on (i) Additive Manufacturing (AM) (ii) Powder production for AM and Powder Metallurgy Components (iii) Nanostructured Materials (iv) Ceramic Materials (v) Functional coatings and thin films for various applications

[A] APPLICATIONS : India-Belarus Joint Call for Proposals 2022-2024

  • An Application shall –
    • be for a Joint Research Project.
    • be made simultaneously by a counterpart team in each country as hereinafter provided.
    • be made by the Leader of a team of scientists in each country (Team Leader), to the respective Implementing Agency of his/her country, simultaneously. Both Applications shall be identical. Since all projects are joint projects, it is expected that consultations would have been held between relevant counterpart Institutions in the other country prior to the submission of an Application.
    • be in English and shall be in the form prescribed by the relevant Implementing Agency.
    • be required to be submitted by the dates set out below.
    • Both Implementing Agencies will conduct parallel review of the applications respectively based on the agreed criteria. Implementing Agencies will make joint decisions based on the review results.
    • List of selected projects will be posted on website www.dst.gov.in sometime in January 2023.
    • Successful Indian team leaders would be expected to complete various governmental requirements before commencement of the project.
    • Expected Starting of Project: March 2023
    • Project leaders are required to submit Statement of Expenditure / Utilisation Certificate along with Project Technical report immediately after completion 1st and 2nd financial year.
    • The funding for the selected projects will be provided in annual instalments. The second instalment for each project will be provided after receipt of financial documents, mentioned above, and on evaluation of intermediate technical reports, submitted by Indian and Belarus researchers respectively to DST and the State Committee of Scientific Research of Belarus and only if both reports are evaluated positively.
  • Applications are required to be submitted as follows –

The Indian researchers can download the proposal formats from websites www.dst.gov.in / www.onlinedst.gov.in and should submit completed application form and all relevant information by 15th September 2022.

Proposals must be submitted to DST through the e-application system provided at www.onlinedst.gov.in.

Indian Applicants also requested to send two hard copies (1 original + 2 copies) to DST by 20th September 2022 through proper channel.

It should be ensured that application with identical title has been submitted by his / her Belarusian counterpart by due date.

In the case of Belarusian Applications – for on line submission may please see :

  • An Application shall be rejected if –
  • the Applications required to be submitted through online portal and the hard copies thereof are not received by the respective Implementing Agency by the dates set out in paragraph 2 above;
  • it is not in the format prescribed by the relevant Implementing Agency on both sides; or
  • it is incomplete and does not contain the information required to be submitted in terms of the prescribed Form to enable an assessment to be conducted.
  • Funding sought is not as per prescribed norms of the call

Please note that on the Indian side applicant already implementing two projects funded by the International Division of DST is not eligible to submit the project against this call.

(B) JOINT RESEARCH PROJECTS

(1) Requirements of Research Projects

  1. Research Projects should be carried out jointly by research teams from both countries.
    1. Each country should have a team with a Team Leader. The Team Leader should be one who holds a full-time position at a University or Research Institution in the respective Country.
    1. The duration of each project should be two years
    1. After the completion of this period, an application for additional six months may be considered on the merit of the progress.

(Scientists are advised to submit only one project against this Call.)

(2) Financial support available

The funding will cover the following expenses in connection with a project up to a limit agreed upon by each Implementing Agency –

  • Research expenses / contingency : Limited Expenditure by the project team in their country in respect of consumables can be considered and will be borne by the respective country, if details of item proposed and proper justification have been given. On the Indian side maximum Rs. 1 lakh towards consumables and Rs. 50,000 towards contingency can be considered.
  • Support for Exchange visit component: The sending side would provide return international airfare, accommodation, per diem, etc. For the approved visit of Indian scientists to Belarus, following expenditure are agreed:
    • international fare (from nearest airport to destination city by economy excursion class),
    • cash allowance @ US $ 50 per day for visit less than a week and US $ 40 per day for longer visit;
    • accommodation upto US $ 100 per night,
    • local transport upto US $ 25 (subject to receipt) and
    • overseas medical insurance by silver class for visit duration.
  • Entire expenditure on visit of Belarusian researchers to India would be borne by the Belarus side.
  • No financial support towards equipment or manpower will be considered. Application will be rejected, in case above guidelines not followed by the applicant.

[C] ASSESSMENT OF APPLICATIONS

  • The following procedure will be followed in assessing valid Applications –
    • All valid applications will be submitted for peer review process and shall be referred to an Independent Advisory Panel thereafter for rating in terms of the criteria set out in paragraph (e) below.
    • Applications that attain a positive rating will be eligible to be considered for funding.
    • A Joint Committee comprising representatives of the Implementing Agencies (the “Joint Committee”) will, upon a consideration of the rating, determine which proposals will receive funding.   Such a decision will also take into account the funding available.
    • Decisions made by the Joint Committee shall be final.
    • The criteria that will be taken into consideration for rating are the following –
      • conformity of the project objectives with national policy
      • state of scientific research capacity
      • rationale for cooperation
      • novelty of scientific research and engineering
      • benefits of project including :
        • industrial development
        • technology capacity building
        • science and technology human resources development
        • possible commercialization of research results
      • intellectual property : usage and ownership
      • budget requested
      • approval and support by host Institutions
      • feasibility of project; and
      • profile of Principal Investigators
  • Where an Application is selected for funding support, the respective Implementing Agencies will notify the Team Leader of the project, accordingly.

The following may be contacted for further details and clarifications, if any –

India-Belarus Joint Call for Proposals

For IndiaFor Belarus
  Dr Rajiv Kumar
Scientist `E’, International Division
Department of Science & Technology,
Ministry of Science & Technology,
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road,
New Delhi – 110 016., India  
Fax: +91-11-26862418
E-mail: [email protected]
URL: www.dst.gov.in
  Sergei Siniukovich
State Committee on Science and Technology of
the Republic of Belarus
Head, Unit on Cooperation with non-CIS Countries
Dept. of International STI Cooperation
1 Akademitcheskaya str.
Minsk Postcode: 220072
Tel.: +375 17 3790314
E-mail: [email protected] http://www.gknt.gov.by/en/

Belarus Scientists are requested to see detailed guidelines, as applicable to them at Russian version http://www.gknt.gov.by/deyatelnost/konkurs-belorussko- indijskikh-nauchno-tekhnicheskikh-proektov-na-2022-2023-gody.php

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