Swiss South African Joint Research Programme (SSAJRP) in Switzerland and South Africa, 2012/13

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Joint Research Proposals are offered to promote collaborative projects with clearly defined goals involving at least one Swiss and one South African partner. The research is to be carried out in Switzerland for researchers from South Africa and vice-versa. Research fields include four thematic areas i.e. Public Health and Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology, Greentech and Cleantech and Humanities and Social Sciences (in particular related to the other three thematic areas).

Study Subject(s):  Research fields include four thematic areas i.e. Public Health and Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology, Greentech and Cleantech and Humanities and Social Sciences (in particular related to the other three thematic areas).
Course Level:This scholarship is for pursuing research programme.
Scholarship Provider: Joint Research Projects (JRPs), Faculty Exchanges, Student Exchanges, Seed Money and Bio Venture Workshops, The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the South African National Research Foundation (NRF).
Scholarship can be taken at:  The research is to be carried out at the research facilities involved; reciprocal visits and short stays in Switzerland for researchers from South Africa and vice-versa are also possible within a JRP.

Eligibility: -Criteria in Switzerland: The SNSF eligibility criteria apply to applicants requesting funding. Furthermore, each applicant can only apply for one project. Private sector partners are welcome to participate but will not be eligible for funding.

-Criteria in South Africa: This call is open to working researchers residing in South Africa and affiliated with a recognised higher education or research institution such as a university, university of technology or science council. The South African principal investigator must be in possession of a PhD. Private sector partners are welcome to participate but will not be eligible for funding. Private sector researchers participating in the project may also not be included when budgeting for travelling costs.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: The students of Switzerland and South Africa can apply for this scholarship.

Scholarship Description: Grants for JRPs are meant to promote collaborative projects with clearly defined goals involving at least one Swiss and one South African partner. Applications should describe ambitious research and propose innovative approaches. The research is to be carried out at the research facilities involved; reciprocal visits and short stays in Switzerland for researchers from South Africa and vice-versa are also possible within a JRP.

Number of award(s): Each proposal for a JRP must have at least one main applicant based in Switzerland and one main applicant based in South Africa; they are the lead scientists on the Swiss and South African side respectively.

Duration of award(s): Joint Research Proposals can last up to 3 years.

What does it cover? The total budget available in Switzerland is of CHF 5.5 Mio. South African researchers please note that while funding levels are not fixed, a suggested maximum of ZAR 400,000 per project per year over three (3) years may be used as general indicator of available funds.The funding per project is sufficient for each side to cover its consumables, some small equipment and the travel costs related to the project.

Selection Criteria: Scientific relevance and interest of the project at national and international level – Originality of the aims and objectives – Appropriateness of the methodology – Experience and past performance of applicants – Competence of research partners with respect to the project – Complementary qualities of research partners – Feasibility of the project – Capacity building (student development)

Notification: Not Known

How to Apply: The mode of applying is electronically.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Applications should be submitted till 28th February 2013.

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