DST-CICS Call for Proposals: India-Iran Bilateral Scientific and Technological Cooperation Programme

Deadline: 15 February 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science & Technology of the Indian Republic and the Centre for International Scientific Cooperation (CISC) are seeking proposals for India-Iran Bilateral Scientific and Technological Cooperation Programme.

Objectives

  • To strengthen and to expand relations between both scientific communities, making possible the exchanges between Indian and Iranian research groups, in the framework of joint scientific and technological projects, selected by the parties.
  • Promote implementation of joint projects able to bind R&D centres with enterprises from both countries.

Priority Areas

  • Biotechnology and Human Health (focusing improvement in crop productivity, transgenic crops, microbial biotechnology with emphasis on cellulosic biofuel and microbial diversity and bioprospecting; Molecular Medicine focussing research on stem cell, cancer, tropical and infectious diseases; and Animal Biotechnology (reproductive and nutrition)
  • Water resources management

Funding Information & Benefits

  • Iranian Side
    • The Indian Scientists visiting Iran shall be provided per diem amount Iranian Rial 1,000,000 per day for food, local transport and out of pocket expenses in case of short term visit (upto 21 days) , and Iranian Rial 2,500,000 calculated on per month basis in case of long term visits (more than 21 days).
    • Free furnished accommodation in Guest House/Hotel with reasonable amenities.
    • In country transport from Capital city/arrival city to the visiting institute by appropriate means, and
    • Pickup from and dropping facility at the airport to all visiting researchers
  • Indian Side
    • The Iranian Scientists visiting India shall be paid per diem amount INR 2,000 per day in case of short term visit (up to 21 days), and INR 50,000/- calculated on per month basis in case of long term visits (more than 21 days).
    • These amounts will cover expenses related to local transport and out of pocket allowance
    • Free furnished accommodation in Guest House/Hotel with reasonable amenities
    • In country transport from Capital city/arrival city to the visiting institute by appropriate means, and
    • Pickup from and dropping facility at the airport to all visiting researchers.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Programme is open to scientists, engineers, institutions engaged in advanced research in the above referred areas in India and Iran.
  • Joint project proposal may be submitted simultaneously by the Indian researchers to DST and by the Iranian partners to MSRT i.e. CISC in the prescribed proforma annexed herewith. Unilaterally submitted projects shall not be considered.
  • The project proposal must include one Principal Investigator (PI) and a Co-PI each in India and Iran.
  • The PIs/Co-PIs have the main responsibility for scientific and financial reporting which must be done annually before the next disbursement of funding. They are also responsible for the technical as well as administrative co-ordination of the project. The project duration would be of 2 years.
  • The Principal Investigator (PI) and other investigators in India and Iran should be Scientists/faculty members working in regular capacity in Government recognized Universities/ Deemed Universities, Academic Institutes and National Research & Development Laboratories/ Institutes. The Indian PI should not be retiring during the proposed duration of the project.

How to Apply

Applicants will submit 5 hard copies (including 1 original) and in PDF format the project proposal in prescribed format by post at the address given on the website.

Eligible Countries: India and Iran

For more information, please visit Call for Proposals.

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