The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) jointly open a call for proposals. This program offers scholarship, funding opportunities for research in Netherlands and India, scholarship is offered for research projects on the topic of Smart Energy Grids. A project allows for the application of four PhD / post-doc positions: two in India (duration and fellowship amount as per terms and conditions of DST) and two in the Netherlands (duration and fellowship amount as per terms and conditions of NWO). The benefit of this program can be taken by the nationals of India and Netherlands and also at India and Netherlands.
The students of Netherlands and India can submit an application for this position.
Four temporal personnel positions: PhDs and/or post-docs only. Two in India and two in the Netherlands; duration and fellowship amount as per terms and conditions of DST and NWO, respectively. Minimum is one PhD student per country, and maximum one postdoc. In the Netherlands the duration of a PhD assignment is 4 years and the duration of a post-doc assignment is for a maximum of 3 years. Personnel costs are subsidized in accordance with the most recent “Agreement on Employers? responsibilities NWO – VSNU.
An estimate of the fixed NWO-amounts is: PhD student (4 yr) – k€ 204, postdoc 2 yr – k€ 135, postdoc 3 yr – k€ 201. DST works with fellowship rates as announced time to time by DST. DST grants can only be applied for NET qualified PhD students (Junior Research Fellowship) and post-doctoral (Research Associate). In addition, also House Rent Allowance and Medical budget as per host institute norms can be included.
Exchange visits for scientists in the research team (obligatory): maximum 4 research visits (in total) of maximum 3 months each for PhD students/postdocs; for senior researchers the maximum stay will be 3 weeks in total.
Minor equipment/consumables/accessories (for the Netherlands at a max. of € 10,000 in total for the run time of the project; for India around 500,000 rupees per year for equipment and around 200,000 rupees per year for consumables).
Annual project meetings (obligatory!) to enhance the exchange of ideas, experiences, knowledge and skills between the research teams.
In the Netherlands a maximum budget of € 450,000 per project can be applied for.
The following assessment criteria apply:
Thematic approach: Projects should aim at research which holds promising solutions to the challenges in setting up smart energy grids.
-Scientific quality and innovative character of the research proposal: Challenging content; Originality of the topic; Innovative elements; Potential to make an important contribution to the advancement of science and/or technology in smart grid research; Interdisciplinary approach; Suitability of proposed method; Suitability of the approach/plan incl. time scheme/milestones.
Quality of the research groups: Research groups should be top in the field; track records of the institutes/research groups/applicants should be excellent.
Indo-Dutch co-operation: Added value of Indo-Dutch co-operation to the research project, including the complementary expertise of the national and bilateral research teams; The degree of inter-institutional co-operation between the project partners, and the prospects for scientific collaboration lasting beyond the duration of the research project.
An application can only be submitted to NWO via the electronic application system Iris. Applications not submitted via Iris will not be admitted to the selection procedure. A main applicant is obliged to submit his/her application via his/her own Iris account. The operating procedure and instruction manual for Iris can be found at http://www.iris.nwo.nl. If the main applicant does not have an Iris account yet then this should be created at least one day before the submission. Then any possible registration problems can still be solved on time. If the main applicant already has an Iris account then he/she does not need to create a new account to submit a new application. An application consists of two parts: a factsheet containing the key details of both the applicant and the application, and the research proposal itself;
– The factsheet is completed and submitted electronically using Iris. One of the parts of the factsheet is a summary of maximally 300 words, which is the same as the English scientific summary in the proposal;
– When you electronically submit this factsheet, you also submit the proposal as an attachment in pdf-format;
The Indian researchers need to submit by 22-5-2013 as well a separate electronic copy (pdf version) to skvdst-at-nic.in and a paper application (4 copies, dispatched no later than 15-4-2013) to DST through proper channel to the following address: Dr. S.K. Varshney, Department of Science & Technology, International Division, technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road, NEW DELHI 110016.
The closing date for the submission of proposals is 22nd May, 2013, 11:59 hours CEST. Additions or changes after this deadline are not possible. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
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