SOUTH AFRICA - MOZAMBIQUE JOINT SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH - Call for Project Proposals - 2010
SOUTH AFRICA – MOZAMBIQUE JOINT SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH
Call for Project Proposals - 2010
APPLICATION PERIOD: 23 February 2010 to 23 March 2010
In July 2006 an agreement on collaboration in Science and Technology between the governments of South Africa and Mozambique was signed, followed later by a Programme of Cooperation (PoC) aimed at its implementation. The PoC sought to facilitate scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries by supporting researchers from universities, universities of technology, science councils and public research institutes on an equal and mutually beneficial basis.
Cooperative activities covered by the PoC include:
· the organisation and realisation of joint research projects;
· the exchange of researchers;
· joint seminars and workshops;
· any other form of cooperation as may be determined through mutual agreement.
Under the terms of the PoC, joint research project proposals shall be submitted to the relevant authorities in both countries for evaluation (the National Research Foundation in South Africa and the National Research Fund (FNI) in Mozambique), with evaluation done according to the following criteria:
· scientific excellence;
· impact on bilateral science and technology relations;
· potential for creating research and development capacity;
· quality of project presentation;
· research capacity development.
For the purposes of this call, research projects falling within the following areas/disciplines will be considered:
· Biosciences (food, agriculture and health technologies);
· Space Science;
· Indigenous Knowledge System;
· Environmental and Climate Change
· Mathematical Sciences;
The South African principal investigator should preferably be in possession of PhD.
A number of projects will be funded in terms of this call, with the maximum amount of R400 000 per project within a period of two years maximum and should not exceed an amount of R200 000 for the first year. Both partners (South African and Mozambican researchers) are advised to take this into consideration when drawing up their own budgets, taking care to minimise as much as possible any discrepancy between the amounts reflected for expenditure in each country.
The joint application for funding must include two principal investigators, one in South Africa and the other in Mozambique. The principal investigators bear the main responsibility for the scientific and financial reporting, as well as the technical and administrative co-ordination of the project.
Funding will be available for two years and successful candidates will be advised accordingly. Principal investigators are expected to submit a final report to their respective funding agencies upon completion of the project.
Application forms for project proposal submission may be obtained from the National Research Foundation (NRF) and from the National Research Fund (FNI) in both countries or downloaded directly from either agency’s website (see contact details below). Proposals must be submitted simultaneously in South Africa and in Mozambique, and include a detailed project description containing methodology and science and technology objectives.
South African applications must be submitted by 23 March 2010 to the email address provided below, i.e., submit an electronic copy to the e-mail address below.
Please attach your scanned signature as well as your partner’s.
Applications received after this date will not be considered for funding. Project selection and funding will only commence once both implementing agencies have completed their administrative processes including review of the proposals.
For further information, please contact:
· In South Africa:
National Research Foundation
International Science Cooperation Grants
P.O. Box 2600
· In Mozambique:
NATIONAL RESEARCH FUND (FNI)