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Overview of the JST-NRF Research Cooperative Program and Evaluation

1. Aims of the Program

The Program aims at promoting cooperation in science and technology and developing Japan's science and technology capacity for the future. The Program is administered based on an intergovernmental agreement between Japan and South Africa in the field of "Life Sciences", as designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

2. Fields of collaboration

The research field of "Life Sciences"

3. Prospective Applicants

Japanese and South African researchers at universities, research institutes or companies were invited to submit proposals for cooperative research projects in the research fields described above.

4. Period of Research

Three years

5. Amount of Funding

15 million yen from JST to Japanese researchers per project over three years, inclusive of overhead cost.

6. Funded Expenses

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 such as in the provision of facilities, equipment and consumables that are necessary for the collaboration. Indirect costs may be also claimed though they should be no more than 10 percent of direct costs.

7. Evaluation Process

JST and NRF independently evaluated and ranked proposals according to their respective peer review processes. Based on the results of the evaluation, JST and NRF exchanged views and successfully negotiated to decide on the selected projects.

8. Evaluation Criteria

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

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/