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The last Call for Joint Research Projects was supported jointly by the SER and the CAS. The SSSTC JRP instrument promotes and supports collaborative research between Swiss and Chinese scientists. Proposals with ambitious goals and innovative approaches will be preferentially funded. Projects involving inter- and multi-disciplinary research teams are highly encouraged.
The SSSTC welcome the participation of partners from private sectors.
· Renewable Energy & Cleantech
· Material Sciences & Nanotechnologies
Proposals outside of the priority areas will not be accepted.
24- 36 months
Applicants should have a stable appointment as a faculty member at an eligible Swiss university or research institute. In Switzerland, these include:
· Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology
· Cantonal universities of higher education
· Federal and cantonal research institutions
· Swiss universities of applied sciences
· Other research institutions eligible for receiving federal funding
Partners from private sectors are welcome to participate but will not be eligible to receive SSSTC funding
· The eligibility of CAS members will be defined by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
· Non-CAS Chinese partners (researchers from universities or research institutes other than CAS) who fulfill the requirement of submitting a letter of commitment (see “Submission in China”) are also eligible.
The eligibility of the Swiss applicants and non-CAS Chinese partners will be examined by the Swiss program office.
The Chinese and the Swiss applicants should write the research plans and prepare the proposals jointly. The applications should be submitted by the Swiss partners to the SNSF, but may or may not have to be submitted in China:
· Submission to CAS obligatory: only when the Chinese partners are CAS members.
· No submission in China necessary: non-CAS Chinese partners need to guarantee their funding in China, but no additional submission is necessary.
Submission in Switzerland
Swiss applicants are required to submit joint proposals through the SNSF web platform www.mysnf.ch. After login in, the correct funding instrument must be chosen (International > Bi-lateral Co-operation > Sino-Swiss Science and Technology Cooperation). The application consists of two parts: the administrative part must be completed online; the research part (including documents such as research plan, CV/publication list) must be uploaded onto mySNF. The research plan must be formulated according to the template provided on mySNF. For specific questions related to www.mysnf.ch, please call the technical support hotline at 031 308 22 00. (Please note that one needs a user account in order to submit proposals to mySNF. To open an account, one must register with SNSF as a user. Applicants with existing user accounts need not apply for new ones.)
General questions concerning the program should be directed to the Swiss SSSTC Program Office.
Submission in China
· Chinese partners from CAS should, concurrent to the Swiss submission by their Swiss partners, send their applications to CAS conforming to CAS regulations.
· Non-CAS Chinese partners need not submit any applications in China. They must, however, seek funding through normal channels and provide a letter of commitment guaranteeing their capability of securing Chinese funding for their part of the project. (This letter shall then be submitted by the Swiss partner to the SNSF and is part of the Swiss submission.) A template for this letter is provided.
The complete joint application must be submitted by April 30th, 2011. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.
All grants for the year 2012 are subject to the approval by the Swiss Parliament in 2011.
Total Swiss funding budgeted: (CHF 2.5 million, pending approval) Swiss funding will be awarded to the Swiss main applicants to cover the costs for the Swiss part of the joint projects (maximum of support: CHF 250’000 for 3 years).
· Chinese CAS partners will receive their funding from CAS
· Non-CAS Chinese partners must guarantee their own funding.
A detailed budget is required. Projected expenses must be justified and related to the proposed research activities.
· Grants may not be used to cover overhead costs.
· Based on the program principle of equal partnership, the research costs should be borne by the party that performs the tasks. Travel costs should be paid for by the traveling party and the local living expenses paid for by the host.
Allowable budget items for Swiss applicants
- Salary for one Ph.D. student (up to 3 years) or one postdoctoral fellow (up to 2 years). Salary level: according to SNSF guidelines.
- Consumables for the proposed research: Please justify.
- Travel expenses in connection with visits to the partner institution in China (economy class flights at the lowest possible rate).
- Living expenses for the Chinese visitors in association with performing the joint research (faculty and/or students). Please refer to the “Financial Guidelines for Scientific Exchanges”: www.global.ethz.ch/stc/china/program/finance
- Other costs, e.g. fees for conference registration, publications, patents, etc. (max. CHF 2,000 per year): Please specify
Evaluation in Switzerland:
Scientific evaluation of the Swiss applications will be conducted by the SNSF based on the following criteria (not listed in the order of priority):
· Scientific merit, significance and potential impact of the proposed research
· Originality of the proposed research
· Suitability and originality of the proposed methods
· Experience and past performance of the applicants
· Specific qualification of the applicants for the proposed research
· Potential synergy between the partners
· Feasibility of the project
· Potential for exploitation/commercialization of the results
Proposals involving Swiss industrial partners will in addition be reviewed by the Innovation Promotion Agency (CTI).
Evaluation in China:
· Applications submitted to CAS will be evaluated independently by CAS.
· Applications involving non-CAS Chinese partners will be evaluated according to the normal procedure of the respective funding agency; no additional SSSTC evaluation will be conducted.
Winning projects will be selected by the Joint Working Group. Up to 1/3 of the Swiss funding may be awarded to proposals with non-CAS Chinese partners. The selection criteria are: i) scientific evaluation results, ii) the extent to which the proposal is consistent with the scope of the call, iii) the likelihood of the project to succeed.
The evaluation and selection process may take up to 6 months. Swiss applicants will be notified by the SER.
Applicants must consult both the host as well as the guest institution concerning their internal regulations. For market-oriented projects, it is important that an agreement be made before the project starts.
It is obligatory that the Swiss main applicant should submit a scientific and a financial report annually, as well as final reports to the SSSTC Program Office.
|Call release:||January 21, 2011|
|Deadline for submission:||April 30th, 2011|
|Expert Review:||May - August, 2011|
|Joint Work Group Meeting:||September/October, 2011|
|Joint Funding decision:||By October 31st, 2011|
|Project start date:||January 2012 at the earliest|
|Project duration:||24 – 36 months|
Dr. Maio Su Chen
Program Manager, SSSTC
International Institutional Affairs (IIA)
ETH Zürich. HG F11
Tel: +41 44 632 8101
Fax: +41 44 632 1508
Dr. Lan Zuo Gillet
Contacting CAS Directly:
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