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Overview of the Evaluation

1. Aims of the Program

This collaborative research program aims to enhance Japanís and Indiaís identifiable and sustainable development of science and technology innovation by leading research organizations in Japan and India, to contribute to provide direct solutions to locally and globally shared challenges, creating innovation, building collaborative research platforms, and building capacity for Japanese and Indian researchers through exchanges of researchers, etc.

In order to comprehensively strengthen collaboration between Japan and India, JST and DST support the project to establish Japan-India Joint research laboratories for innovation at Japanese and Indian universities, research institutes and etc., aiming to effect socially and industrially meaningful applications of research achievement in India, so that we can continuously and mutually advance science and technology as the driving-force of competitive power for both countries.

2. Field of collaboration

Information Communication Technology (ICT) including Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and other related fields.

3. Prospective Applicants

Japanese and Indian researchers at universities, research institutes and/or companies were invited to submit proposals for cooperative research projects in the research field described above.

4. Period of Funding

To be completed within a maximum of 5 years in the first funding period (1st phase) At the time of completion of the 1st phase, the joint laboratory, which will be evaluated to be most expandable and successful, has possibility to advance to the 2nd phase to form a collaboration research hub, which can realize social and industrial applications of research achievements, by itself or by merging other joint laboratories.

5. Amount of Funding

JSTís total budget in the 1st phase for a maximum of 5 years, to cover direct expenses for a Japanese research project, should not be in principle exceed 115 million yen + 30% on the direct expenses for indirect expenses. The budget plan must be authorized by the Japanese government each year.

In the 2nd phase for a maximum of 5 years after the completion of the 1st phase, the budget size will be reassure regarding the prospects in development demonstrated by the selected project to yield innovative applications of research achievements in India and potential for subsequent advancement to become a sustainably self-reliant Hub.

6. Funded Expenses

JSTís 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.

7. Evaluation Process

Based on the results of evaluation conducted by experts, JST and DST including the program officers (JST side) and the panel committee (DST side) jointly decided on the three successful projects to select for funding.

8. Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria
The following general evaluation criteria will apply to each application:

  1. 1) Conformity with program aims and designated research fields, including project integration;
  2. 2) Scientific quality, innovativeness, social impact of the joint research outcomes;
  3. 3) Leadership and performance track-record in joint-research of the Japanese PI, and their potential to successfully manage the Joint-Lab (and future Hub) set up at the Indian institute;
  4. 4) Appropriate research collaboration and necessary support to Joint-labs (Hubs in the future) from the institutes in India where they will be established;
  5. 5) Appropriate division of research activities with the counterpart research institute and adequacy of the plan for research expenses to realize the proposed research activity;
  6. 6) The proposed research activity shall be eminent, creative and at an internationally high level in an attempt to produce a significant impact on the development of future science and technology or to solve global and regional common issues or to create innovative technological seeds that can contribute to the creation of new industries in the future;
  7. 7) Expectation for synergistic effects to be achieved through Japan-India research collaboration and exchange and capacity-building of researchers;
  8. 8) Solution-oriented and independently sustainable nature of research on crucial issues of contemporary India, including social application of innovative outcomes.

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