India Netherlands Research Grants

Call for Proposals: Smart Grids Cooperation in Research between India and Netherlands, 2013

Smart GridsThe Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) jointly open a call for proposals for research project. 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 topic of the project is Smart Energy Grids. The students of Netherlands and India can apply for this position. The closing date for the submission of proposals is 22nd May, 2013.

Study Subject(s): The scholarship is offered for research projects on the topic of Smart Energy Grids.
Course Level: This program offers funding opportunities for research in Netherlands and India.
Scholarship Provider: The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) jointly open a call for proposals.
Scholarship can be taken at: Netherlands and India

Eligibility:
-Eligible research teams are composed of Dutch and Indian researchers, with active involvement in the project of a senior Principal Investigator on both the Indian and the Dutch side. As the programme is aimed at scientific collaboration between institutes, in each country at least two groups or institutes with complementary expertise should be involved. All criteria below apply to the main applicants as well as all co-applicants.
Dutch professors, associate professors and assistant professors as well as other researchers holding a similar position can apply if they:
- are employed at a Dutch University or a research institute acknowledged by NWO and;
- have an employment contract for at least the duration of the application procedure and the duration of the research project the grant is applied for, and;
-have at least a PhD or an equivalent qualification.
- For Indian scientists the Indian principal investigator should be affiliated to a public funded academic or research organization in India.

Scholarship Open for International Students: The students of Netherlands and India can apply for this position.

Scholarship Description:  The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) jointly open a call for proposals. The topic of this call is Smart Grids. This program offers funding opportunities for bilateral research cooperation between Dutch and Indian research groups. This call for proposals sets out information about the possibilities for submitting applications, the conditions that applications must meet and the procedure for assessing the applications.

Number of award(s): 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).

Duration of award(s): 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. Exchange visits for scientists in the research team of maximum 3 months each for PhD students/postdocs.

What does it cover?  Financial support for approved projects will cover:
1. 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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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).
4. 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.

Selection Criteria:
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.

Notification: By October 2013 Funding decision will be announced by the Joint Committee.

How to Apply: 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.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 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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