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Posted: July 7, 2007

Call for nanotechnology proposals by Indo-German Science and Technology Cooperation

(Nanowerk News) Within the framework of Indo-German bilateral Science and Technology Cooperation (STC), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany, and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), India, have an interest to promote project based application oriented / technology development / R&D proposals involving both scientific and industrial partners.
Proposals should help to stimulate new collaborations, e.g. the preparation of joint project proposals supplementing or complementing under national funding programmes as well as European research programmes, wherever mutual interest exists. Proposals can address the preparation of joint research project proposals, the organization of bilateral (or multilateral) workshops/seminars, exploratory visits of scientists, scientific delegations and composite (scientific and industrial) delegations.
Nodal Implementing Agencies
Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, New Delhi and the International Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (IB), Bonn are the nodal implementing agencies from the Indian and German sides respectively. Areas of cooperation
Proposals submitted in national priority areas would be preferred:
• Nanotechnologies, intelligent materials and new production technology (new production processes) and other innovative physical and chemical technologies leading to wide technical and commercial utilization
• Information and communication technologies
• Environmental research and sustainability research
• Disaster and security research
• other promising fields (depending on the total number of applications received)
Evaluation and selection criteria
2 + 2 principle: Partners from Private Sector and Public Research on both sides prefered! Relevance to German and Indian national and/or European funding programmes; Preparation of new projects in applied fields of mutual benefit; Quality and originality of research approach; Qualification of applicant; Commercial usability or other utilization potential
Who can apply?
Scientists/faculty members working in regular capacity in Universities, National R&D Laboratories/ Institutes can apply under this programme. Participation of Industry is welcome in the research projects.
Project duration
2 years, extendable by one year.
Deadline and Processing
Joint research proposals are required to be submitted to both the nodal agencies not later than 31st July 2007.
Source: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
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