Indo-Swiss Joint Research Programme (ISJRP)


Organisation:  Department of Biotechnology

Apply By:  16 Apr . 2018


Indo-Swiss Joint Research Programme (ISJRP)
 

The Indo-Swiss Joint Research Programme (ISJRP) was initiated by the Indian and Swiss governments in 2005 in order to further advance the bilateral cooperation in scientific and technological areas of strategic relevance to both countries. The programme supports cutting-edge research that brings together faculty and young researchers from Switzerland and India. The current ISJRP call for Joint Research Projects (JRPs) is financed by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) in Switzerland and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in India on the principles of reciprocity, parity and activity-matching funding. The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), mandated by the SERI, and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in India jointly launch the call for Joint Research Projects (JRPs), organise the evaluation of the submitted proposals and monitor the funded projects.

Research fields

In order to make targeted use of the financial resources available, the following thematic area was chosen for this call:

Blue sky research/basic research in the life sciences which is either biotechnology-related or biotechnology-inspired; biotechnology as key enabling technology including (but not restricted to) the following sectors: agriculture, environment, energy, materials sciences, health, medicine, industry (industrial biotechnology) Blue sky research implies a freedom to carry out flexible, curiosity-driven research that leads to outcomes not envisaged at the outset. Proposals outside of the thematic area defined above will not be accepted.

Eligibility

Each proposal for a JRP must have at least one main applicant based in Switzerland and one main applicant based in India; they are the principal investigators on the Swiss and Indian side respectively. They bear the main responsibility for the project, including its technical and administrative coordination as well as the timely delivery of scientific and financial reports. Further applicants based in Switzerland and/or in India can also participate in the consortia.

Eligibility criteria in India

Applicants should be researchers from public and private universities, colleges, institutes, nonprofit organizations (recognized by DSIR as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization). Each applicant/further applicant may only apply for one project.

Submission

Proposals are to be prepared jointly by the Swiss and Indian applicants. They must be submitted by the Swiss main applicant to the SNSF via its electronic submission system mySNF (www.mysnf.ch). Indian applicants can be given access to the electronic submission system through their Swiss partner. A copy of the application jointly submitted via mySNF should also be submitted to DBT (vaishalip.dbt@nic.in).

Indian researchers are asked to note that all applications must be submitted via the SNSF online system, as indicated above. Applications submitted in India but not via the SNSF online system in Switzerland will not be processed. No hard copies will be accepted. The call process is highly competitive, therefore an application does not guarantee funding. Only positively rated applications will be considered for funding. Neither the SNSF nor the DBT can be held responsible for non-submission of an application. After logging in on mySNF, the correct funding scheme must be chosen: Programmes (national and international) > Bilateral Co-operation (Initiatives of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation) > Indo-Swiss Joint Research Programme.

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