I.SPECIAL PROVISIONS REGARDING THE ISRAELI APPLICANT 9
MINISTRY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
MINISTRY OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND SPACE
STATE OF ISRAEL
CHINA-ISRAEL COOPERATIVE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Call for Project Proposals
Submission by April 14th 2016
A.AREAS OF COOPERATION
The Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China (referred to as "MOST-CN) and the Ministry of Science Technology and Space, Israel (referred to as “MOST-IL”) are providing financial support for joint research activities carried out by Chinese and Israeli researchers. Chinese-Israeli research teams are hereby invited to submit joint research proposals on;
Joint research activities in which interdependent subprojects of a single project are
conducted in the Chinese and the Israeli laboratories;
Complementary methodological approaches to a common problem;
Joint use of research facilities, materials, equipment and/or services by cooperating
Submission of joint research projects by researchers of both countries is requested with the aim of encouraging scientific and technological co-operation between China and Israel. Each joint research team may submit one project only. Financing will be granted exclusively for joint projects by Chinese researchers and Israel researchers.
C.LEVEL OF FUNDING AND PROJECT DURATION
MOST-CN shall grant a funding of no more than RMB ¥2 million (around $330,000) per project, i.e. a total amount of RMB ¥30 Million (Around $5 million) for the entire program for China-based PIs. MOST-IL shall grant a funding of up to $130,000 per project, i.e. up to $2 million for the entire program for Israel-based PIs.
It is the intention of the two ministries to support up to 15 joint projects. However, the final number of projects to be sponsored will be determined based on scientific merits of the proposals and budgetary considerations. Research projects should be planned on a two years basis.
Funding for the approved projects depends on the availability of funds in the State Budget of both countries.
1. Projects must be conducted by collaborating Chinese and Israeli scientific research teams.
2. Each research team must be led by a Principal Investigator from each country.
3. The Principal Investigator on each side must be affiliated with an academic institution,
– in Israel – an accredited institution of higher learning in Israel, according to the Council for
Higher Education Law, 1958, or a public research institute with experience in the relevant
For the purposes of this Call a "public research institute" refers to a research institute
whose main activity is the advancement of cutting-edge scientific knowledge, which
possesses appropriate infrastructure and equipment and which employs researchers who,
inter alia, publish articles related to their research in leading scientific journals and who
present their research at international symposia.
Industrial partners are encouraged to participate in research teams headed by a Principal
Investigator from an academic institution.
4. Each Principal Investigator and affiliated institution is accountable to MOST-CN or MOST-IL,
respectively, for the execution of the project.
5．Proposals for which funding is approved, which include experiments with animals, must
submit the approval of the relevant Committee for Experimentations on Animalsbefore the
project can commence.
approval of the relevant IRB/Helsinki Committee before the project can commence.
It is strongly recommended that the Chinese and Israeli research teams and their
institutions enter into agreements regarding intellectual property rights prior to the initiation
of collaborative activities.
SUBMISSION OF RESEARCH PROPOSALS
For Chinese research teams:
Chinese applicants should submit the proposals to China Science and Technology Exchange Center, together with other application forms required by the Chinese side, via regular mail. Applicants can find these forms here.
division of Asian, African and CIS Affairs,
China Science and Technology Exchange Center.
Mail address: 54 Sanlihe Road, Beijing 100045, China.
The project proposal shall be submitted jointly by the Chinese and Israeli PIs to both addresses (MOST-CN and MOST-IL) that are specified below. Each of the two PIs shall fill out the Application Forms which are enclosed in Annex 1.
For Israeli research teams:
The Israeli Principal Investigator should submit the proposal by e-mail in English, using the attached Application Form and the required documents to the following email address: China@most.gov.il ((in "pdf" format duly signed, along with a working copy in "doc" format without signatures).
The proposals must actually reach the abovementioned email address by April 14th2016 at 15:00local time, and will not be accepted under any circumstances after the specified date and hour.
Because of technical constraints, an email over 7 megabytes will not be received. If the email and its attachments exceed 7 MB, it must be split. Shortly after submitting the email the applicants should receive an automatic reply acknowledging its receipt. If an email confirming receipt is not received, the applicant must approach MOST contact persons detailed below to make sure the email was duly received. It is solely the sender's responsibility to receive confirmation that the email was received, whether by automatic reply or personal confirmation. As technical problems are possible, it is strongly recommended to submit the application well in advance of the application deadline. A valid project application consists of the Application Form duly filled in and signed, together with all the necessary application documents required from each side of a joint research team, submitted respectively to MOST-CN and MOST-IL. If the applications are not duly received by both MOST-CN and MOST-IL by the date and hour indicated above, the project will not be accepted.
In addition, Israeli Principal Investigators should send also 2 hard copies of their proposals by April 19th 2016 to the following MOST address:
Funding provided by this Call is intended to enhance joint collaboration between Chinese and Israeli scientists. Funding will therefore be provided mainly in support of the collaboration vectors and of the local research that is necessary for the collaboration.
For Chinese researchers, funding can be provided by MOST-CN for:
For Israeli research teams, funding can be provided by MOST-IL for the following types of expenses:
Stipend or salary for PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, technicians and/or laboratory workers (i.e. a temporary position up to 2 years) retained specifically for the purpose of the project, not including salaries for permanent staff and PI's;
Consumables. In case they exceed 1,000 USD, a detailed explanation regarding their necessity and quantities is required ;
Small scale equipment which is only needed for the specific research project; MOST-IL will enable purchase of computers or laptops only in special cases in which the computer or laptop is part of the research project or are of unique capacities needed for the specific research
Travel and visiting costs;
Joint seminars and workshops;
Overhead expenses up to 15% of the total amount of the research project inclusive of the funds provided on the basis of this Call.
Each budget item or expenditure for which reimbursement is requested must conform with the respective national rules of each applicant.
Participating researchers are encouraged to spend an extended period of time visiting their counterparts’ institutions given that such visits are an integral part of the research collaboration. All costs for travel, accommodation, per diem and any other visiting expenses for each visiting scientist will be included in the budget of that scientist's research team. (i.e. "Visiting side pays all"). Funding provided under this Call may only be used for visits that take place in China or Israel.
The projects will initially be evaluated separately by each Ministry. Subsequently, the assessment will be carried out by the Sub Joint Committee of the two Ministries in order to select the projects admitted for funding.
The projects will be assessed according to the following evaluation criteria:
Conformity with the definition of the program research topics of this Call;
Scientific Qualification of the Principal Investigators (one for each country per research project): The Principal Investigator should have experience, appropriate expertise and ability to manage the collaboration and carry out the project goals within the two years project period;
Significance of the problem being addressed, and the potential impact of the proposed approach on solving it. (Proposals should address these issues explicitly and provide as much evidence as possible.);
Scientific merit, with emphasis upon the originality and novelty of the proposed research;
Clarity and quality of the research proposal itself – presentation of the topic, definition of research objectives, presentation of research methodology and detailed program of work;
Feasibility of implementation of the proposed research and access to relevant resources;
Added value of the bilateral scientific cooperation; extent of genuine collaboration between the Chinese and Israeli research teams;
The level of involvement of young researchers;
Justification of the requested project budget.
H.CONTRACTS, PAYMENTS AND REPORTS
The expected starting date for approved projects is September 2016. The expected completion date is two years after the starting date of the approved projects.
Upon approval of a particular project, separate contracts will be signed in China and Israel respectively, between MOST-CN and the institution of Chinese Principal Investigator and between MOST-IL and the institution of Israeli Principal Investigator.
An application for the continuation of research funding for the second year must be submitted by the institution of Israeli Principal Investigator to MOST-IL on the appropriate forms at least two months prior to the end of the first year of the project together with the annual scientific report.
Payments will be made by MOST-CN and MOST-IL to the institution of each Principal Investigator, respectively, in keeping with the provisions of the contracts referred to above, according to the regulations and practices in force in each country..
I.SPECIAL PROVISIONS REGARDING THE ISRAELI APPLICANT
All procedures and activities under this Call or the projects approved hereunder, including the eligibility of institutions via which applications must be filed, are subject to the standard MOST-IL Procedures Regarding International Collaborative Scientific Projects and Scholarships Funded by MOST-IL and to the MOST-IL Standard Contract for Scientific Projects (both documents referred to hereinafter as "the standard terms").
Applicants are required to familiarize themselves with the standard terms before filing an application under this Call; filing an application constitutes a declaration that the applicant has done so and agrees to be bound by the provisions thereof.
Additional information can be obtained from the following: