The Program aims at promoting cooperation in science and technology as well as developing Japan's science and technology capacity for the future. The Program is administered based on an intergovernmental agreement between Japan and India in the field of “Biomedical Research”, as designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
The field of “Biomedical Research”
Japanese and Indian researchers at universities, research institutes or companies were invited to submit proposals for cooperative research projects in the research field described above.
15 million yen from JST to the Japanese researchers per project over three years, inclusive of overhead costs.
*In case the Japanese researchers invite a Ph.D student or a junior Indian researcher (i.e. postdoctoral fellow) to be engaged in research activities with the Japanese research team, then the Japanese researcher can request additional budget up to 7.5 million yen (2.5 million yen as the cost for 6 months).
Funding provided within this call is intended to enhance the capacity of the applicants to collaborate. Funding will therefore be provided mainly in support of collaborative activities such as travel and holding symposia/seminars and may also support local research expenses such as in the provision of facilities, equipment and consumables that are necessary for the collaboration. Indirect costs may also be claimed though they should be no more than 10 percent of direct costs.
JST and DST independently evaluated and ranked proposals according to their respective peer review processes. Based on the results of their evaluations, JST and DST exchanged views and successfully negotiated to jointly decide on the selected projects.
The following general evaluation criteria were applied to each application:
1) Conformity with Program Aims and Designated Research Fields
2) Capability of Research Leaders and Current Research Activities
3) Effectiveness and Synergy of the Joint Research Activity
4) Validity of Research Plan
5) Effectiveness and Continuity of Exchange
6) Validity of Exchange Plan