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Coordinated call for multilateral projects 2017 is open under BRICS STI Framework Programme

Coordinated call for BRICS multilateral projects 2017 is open until 28th November 2017. Project consortia consisting of partners from at least three of the BRICS countries can apply. Thematic areas of the call include:
- Prevention and monitoring of natural disasters;
- Water resources and pollution treatment;
- New and renewable energy, and energy efficiency;
- Biotechnology and biomedicine including human health and neuroscience;
- Information technologies and high performance computing;
- Material science including nanotechnology.
 

The BRICS STI Framework Programme aims to support excellent research in priority areas which can best be addressed by a multinational approach. The initiative should facilitate cooperation among researchers and institutions in the consortia which consist of partners from at least three of the BRICS countries. As part of the initiative, the following research funding organizations from the BRICS countries have agreed to jointly establish a new scheme for funding multilateral cooperative activities:

Brazil:
National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq)

Russia:
Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises (FASIE)
Ministry of Education and Science (MON)
Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR)

India:
Department of Science and Technology (DST)

China:
Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)
National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

South Africa:
Department of Science and Technology (DST)
National Research Foundation (NRF)


Aim of the Joint Call and Thematic Areas:
Collaborative multilateral basic, applied and innovation research projects in the following thematic areas can be submitted in response to the call:
  • Prevention and monitoring of natural disasters;
  • Water resources and pollution treatment;
  • New and renewable energy, and energy efficiency;
  • Biotechnology and biomedicine including human health and neuroscience;
    • Information technologies and high performance computing;
    • Material science including nanotechnology.

The duration of cooperative research projects will be up to three years with the start of projects in the 2nd quarter of 2018.

Application:
Project consortia should consist of partners from at least three BRICS countries participating in a specific thematic area of the call. A Joint Application Form should first be submitted by the project coordinator to the Call Secretariat through the online BRICS STI Framework Programme Application Management System (AMS) at https://ams.rfbr.ru/BRICS. In addition, each national team of a project consortium should submit an additional national component (i.e. proposal) to the relevant national participating funding organization following all required procedures of this specific organization.

Applicants should submit the Joint Application Form (JAF) to the Call Secretariat through the online application submission form until 17:00 (Moscow Time UTC+3) on 28th November 2017.

Further information on the Call and application procedures can be found at the following link:
http://brics-sti.org/index.php?p=new/15

Call announcement:

BRICS_STI_Framework_Programme_-_2nd_Call_2017-1.pdf

First call under BRICS STI Framework Programme was organised in 2016. A total of 320 proposals have been submitted in response to the BRICS STI Framework Programme Pilot Call 2016. 26 projects in 10 thematic areas have been selected for support as an outcome of the call. Results can be found at: http://brics-sti.org/?p=new/12