About:

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.

Project duration: the duration of the JRPs is 48 months. Proposals with a shorter duration will not be accepted.

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.

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.
  • 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.

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission of applications: April 16, 2018

Contact:

  • In Switzerland

Stéphanie Boder-Pasche, E-mail: stephanie.boder@snf.ch or international@snf.ch

  • In India 

Dr.Shailja V. Gupta Adviser, Email: shailja.dbt@nic.in
Dr.Vaishali Panjabi, Email: vaishalip.dbt@nic.in

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