South Africa / Germany Joint Science and Technology Research (Call for Joint Project Proposals 2011/13)

South Africa-Germany Joint Science and Technology Research

Course(s) Offered: Science, Technology
Course Level: Postgraduate (PhD)
Provider: NRF / German Research Foundation
Country to Study in: South Africa, Germany

Scholarship Description
The German-South African Joint Science and Technology Research aims to strengthen cooperation between both countries and to create new networks, particularly among emerging young scientists.

The South African National Research Foundation, NRF, looks forward to providing support for the development of well educated, well-trained and innovative young researchers who will create depth within the South African academic and professional workforce in a sustainable environment that will benefit the present generation but also future generations.

Please note that the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF, will publish a similar call in Germany.

South Africa-Germany Joint Science and Technology Research

Who may apply?
This call is open to employed researchers residing in South Africa and employed in a recognised higher education or research institution such as a university, university of technology or science council.

An application must designate two principal investigators, one in South Africa and one in Germany, who will bear the main responsibility for the project, including its technical and administrative coordination as well as scientific and financial reporting. The South African principal investigator should, ideally, be in possession of a master degree, preferably a PhD.

Applications from private companies will not be accepted.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country employed and residing in South Africa

Participating Institutions
German and South African research and higher education institutions, as well as businesses

Fields of study
Doctoral degree level research study in Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Sustainable Resource Management and Environmental Studies.

Identified priority areas:
a) Issues in the field of environmental research
  • Sustainable industrial processes (Industry focused sustainability)
  • Sustainable Resource Management (Sustainable Resource Management)
b) Measures in the areas of biotechnology and nanotechnology.

Number of awards
Not fixed and not specified by sponsors. The number of applications received will determine the percentage of applications to be funded.

Sponsorship duration
The projects will be supported for three years from 2011 to 2013

Scholarship benefits
NRF funding levels are not fixed, and the total amount of funding requested should preferably not exceed R600 000.

The funding process is a highly competitive process and the number of applications received will determine the percentage of applications to be funded.

Method of Application
It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) to download the official "Call Guideline" to this particular call for complete and detailed information and also to access full instructions on how to apply.

All submission of applications must be completed by 15 October 2010.

Even though the deadline for applications indicated only applies to South African researchers, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF is urged to request their German partners to submit counterpart proposals to the IB of the BMBF by the same deadline nonetheless, thus allowing the two funding agencies to coordinate their evaluation and selection processes as closely as possible and to ensure that funding becomes available in both countries rapidly and at the same time.

Thus, while late submission in South Africa will lead to a proposal being disqualified, late submission of the counterpart proposal in Germany may result in a delay of as much as one year before funding is accorded to either party. Of course, failure to submit a counterpart proposal in Germany will equally result in the disqualification of the South African application.

The NRF will not be held responsible for non-submission of the application in the partner country. The onus is on the applicant to locate their own research partner.

Application Deadline: 15 October 2010
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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