DST calls for Indo-Israel joint research on solar energy and storage

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The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, and the Ministry of Science and Technology of State of Israel (MOST) have jointly invited joint research proposals from Indian and Israeli research teams on advanced materials for next-generation solar energy utilization and energy storage, in addition to proposals on quantum devices and quantum technologies for sensing imaging and communication.

The cooperation may take the form of joint research project activities where interdependent sub-projects of a single project are conducted in the Indian and the Israeli laboratories on complementary methodological approaches to a common problem. The cooperation promotes joint use of research facilities, materials, equipment and/or services by cooperating scientists and joint planning of research and evaluation of results.

The Indian researchers should submit completed application form latest by December 5, 2019.

Selection criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of scientific level, innovation, methodology applied, ability to perform the research and extent of collaboration. After the proposals are evaluated by each of the ministries separately, DST and MOST will jointly decide which projects will be funded and allocate the appropriate amount of funding based on the results of their independent evaluation and ranking.

Funding

Around 10 joint projects will be sponsored under the program. Funding will be provided mainly in support of collaborative activities and for local research necessary for the collaboration.

The maximum funding available for all research projects approved under this Call is Rs40 million for the Indian side and 4,000,000 NIS for the Israeli side, for a period of two years.  

Project requirements

Projects will be conducted by collaborating Indian and Israeli scientific research teams. Each research team must be led by a principal investigator from each country.

The principal investigator in India and other investigators should be scientists or faculty members working in regular capacity in University Grants Commission recognized universities, deemed universities, academic institutions and national research and development laboratories or institutes.

For Israel the principal investigator will be a staff member of an academic Institution and should have a Ph.D. or an M.D. degree; or a professor emeritus (one who continues working on research in his previous academic institution).

Each project will include exchange visits of the cooperating scientists—both senior and young ones—in accordance with the needs of the joint research program. Participating researchers are encouraged to spend an extended period of time visiting their counterparts’ institutions.