Pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Department of Science and Technology, India (DST) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), DST and DFG are opening the possibility for joint Indo-German research project funding in the field of Materials Science and Engineering. Indo-German teams of researchers are invited to submit joint proposals describing integrated research projects in this field with a duration of up to three years.
These joint proposals in the field of Materials Science and Engineering have to be based on a close interaction between the German and Indian research teams and should present joint project goals and a joint work plan with balanced contributions from all project partners.
For administrative reasons, it is necessary that an Indo-German team of researchers wishing to respond to this call submit two proposals in parallel; the Indian partner to DST, the German partner to DFG. Each proposal must follow the regulations of the respective agency; proposals failing to fulfil all formal requirements will be rejected. Funds to be used by the Indian side must be requested from DST; funds to be used by the German side must be requested from DFG.
The proposals will be evaluated separately by DST and DFG on the basis of the projects’ scientific merit/quality, the justification for scientific-collaboration and the qualifications as well as the compatibility of the participating team members. The results of the review process will be shared between the agencies. Support will be granted for those proposals where both DFG and DST recommend funding.
Please note that DFG will not provide a separate budget for this call. Proposals in response to this call are submitted in the funding scheme “Sachbeihilfe/Research Grants” and will be reviewed in competition with all other proposals in this scheme.
The deadline for the submission of proposals in response to this call is Wednesday, 21 November 2018 (Midnight, Berlin time).