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Appendix 2

Overview of JST-NSERC Research Cooperative Program and Evaluation

1. Aims of the Program

The Program aims to promote cooperation in science and technology and to develop Japan's science and technology capacity in the future. The Program is administered based on an inter-ministerial agreement between Japan and Canada, in the fields of "Environmental Science and Technology" and "Energy" as designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

2. Research Areas for the Third Call for Proposals

“Sustainable Water Use”

3. Eligibility

Funding provided within this call is intended to enhance the capacity of the researchers to collaborate internationally. Funding is therefore provided mainly in support of collaborative activities such as travel and holding symposia/seminars and may cover some local research costs, such as those for facilities, equipment and consumables, that are necessary for the collaboration. Overhead costs can also be claimed within the total budget although they should be, in principle, 30% of direct costs.

4. Period of Research

Three years

5. Amount of Funding

18 million yen from JST to the Japanese researchers per project, over a period of three years, inclusive of overhead costs.

6. Funded Expenses

Funding provided within this call is intended to enhance the capacity of the researchers to collaborate internationally. It is provided in support of direct expenses such as travel expenses, expenses for holding symposiums, seminars and meetings, and expenses for facilities, equipment and consumables. Overhead expenses amounting to 10% or less of the total direct expenses are allowed.

7. Evaluation Process

JST and NSERC independently evaluate and rank proposals according to their respective peer review processes. Based on the results of those evaluations, JST and NSERC exchange views and make a common decision regarding the selection of projects.

8. Evaluation Criteria

The following criteria are applied in the evaluation process:
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 the Research Plan;
5) Effectiveness and Continuity of Exchange; and
6) Validity of the Exchange Plan.

JST, an integrated organization of science and technology in Japan, establishes an infrastructure for the entire process from the creation of knowledge to the return to the society. For more information, visit http://www.jst.go.jp/EN/