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German-Russian Interdisciplinary Science Center

Call for Proposals

23rd Call for G-RISC Proposals

 

Funding Period: January 01, 2021 – June 30, 2021 Deadline: October 31, 2020 (23:59 CET) Access to the electronic submission system: https://proposals.g-risc.org/. New: Mobility projects and electronic projects can be submitted (Details: see below).

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23rd Call for G-RISC Proposals

Regulations for the 23rd Call for Proposals

Funding period: January 01, 2021 – June 30, 2021 (First Semester 2021) - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY HOW TO PREPARE A G-RISC PROPOSAL

Deadline for submission of proposals: October 31, 2020 (23:59 CET)

The German-Russian Interdisciplinary Science Center (G-RISC) is a Center of Excellence established in 2010. The main offices are based at St. Petersburg State University and Freie Universität Berlin. G-RISC relies on funding and regulations of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), St. Petersburg State University, and Freie Universität Berlin providing a unique interdisciplinary research platform supporting excellent education and research in binational projects between Russia and Germany.

1. Scientific Scope of Funding by G-RISC A. Mobility Projects

Focus is interdisciplinary research in the following fields of natural sciences (in alphabetical order):

  • Applied Research
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Fundamental Research
  • Life Sciences
  • Materials Research

Subject of Funding

  • Mobility fundsfor excellent young Russian students, doctoral students, or post-docs up to the age of 35 years aiming interdisciplinary research projects in the fields mentioned above in Germany, where support can be requested for research stays up to 2 months (typically 1 month). Funding Rates: see Annex 1 , Section 1 and 2 (below).
    Qualification requirement for graduates: Bachelor or equivalent degree.
    Qualification requirement for doctoral students: Master or equivalent degree.
  • Mobility funds for excellent master students, doctoral students, or post-docs from Germany up to the age of 35 years aiming at interdisciplinary research projects in the fields mentioned above in Russia up to one month. Funding Rates: see Annex 1 , Section 1 and 2 (below)
    Qualification requirement for graduates: Bachelor or equivalent degree.
    Qualification requirement for doctoral students: Master or equivalent degree.
  • Mobility funds for outstanding researchers from Russia or Germany teaching of compact interdisciplinary classes of broad interdisciplinary interest in the fields mentioned above at the partner institutions in Russia or Germany.
    Teaching visits for compact classes last typically for 7 days and require at least 6 h of lectures. Funding Rates: see Annex 1, Section 1 and 2 (below).
  • Language Skills: Candidates who participate in mobility programs funded by G-RISC must have sufficient language skills in English.
  • Note: The maximum number of funded people is limited up to 2 people per project.
  • Interdisciplinary Conferences and Workshops: Support for interdisciplinary conferences and workshops can also be provided by G-RISC. Limited funds can be allocated for travel expenses, the accommodation of invited speakers, and consumables (e.g. food). In addition to basic information on the planned event, it must be made clear in the maximum 2 page proposal what the benefit of the conference/workshop is for G-RISC and how young researchers are integrated in such activities. Funds for small workshops must not exceed 3,000 €, larger events may request multiples of this amount. It is advised to plan such activities sufficiently in advance.

B. Electronic Projects requiring no mobility

1. Electronic Projects: Sustainable developments in German-Russian collaboration promoting the goals of G-RISC using electronic means and their demonstration of use. The need for these developments must be documented by the involved research groups and preferentially a larger community from Russia and Germany within the scientific scope of G-RISC (see above).

Possible electronic projects may include:

  • Development of software for interdisciplinary scientific use in support of the joint interpretation of experimental results or modeling, where preference is given to interdisciplinary community efforts.
  • Development of software for use in support of electronic teaching (e.g. applets for electronic experiments) or electronic examinations to be made available to G-RISC for future use.
  • Development of electronic teaching of compact classes to be made available to G-RISC for future use (preference: mp4 format).
  • Development of innovative concepts or formats for virtual conferences and events.

Original project ideas can be funded up to 3,000 EUR for project materials costs (assets), where the simple purchase of hardware or commercial software packages and its subsequent collaborative use is excluded. See also Annex, Section 3 (below).

2. Sur-Place Stipends: Scientific collaborations within the interdisciplinary scope of G-RISC (see above) not requiring physical visits or realization of Electronic Projects (see above) can be funded with a support of 150 EUR per month – only Russian Institutions can apply, German Institutions cannot apply for Sur-Place stipends. See also Annex, Section 4 (below).


2. REGULATIONS how to prepare a G-RISC proposal (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):         
General Notes:
  • Proposals must be written in the English language.
  • They must be submitted before the deadline on October 31, 2020 (23:59 CET)
  • Submissions must be done via the electronic submission system: https://proposals.g-risc.org/. This requires that you must register for the electronic submission system before entering the proposal data. Do not forget to push the "SUBMIT" Button, once you are finished. Only saved (but not submitted) proposals in the proposal system will be not be considered for evaluation. You will receive an Email, only if the proposal is successfully submitted.
  • Submissions by Email will be rejected from the evaluation process.
  • Late, incomplete, or lost proposals will neither be considered for review nor for funding.
  • Specific questions can be asked at office@g-risc.org.

A complete proposal consists of (please gather all items before you start the electronic submission process):


1. Cover page
(generated by electronic submission system): There, the following information is needed to be entered (Note that all fields must be filled for submission of the proposal):

  • Title of the project you are proposing
  • Type of Project: Mobility Project: Specify the type of project (exchange to Germany/to Russia/Conference); Electronic Projects: This entry is of no importance.
  • Number of funded people: Enter the appropriate number
  • Duration of project: Enter the number of months you plan to be active
  • Intended start of project (just enter the month(s) of the first semester 2021)
  • Field of research: see above – make your choice
  • Requested funds (please add according to the financial regulations – see below (Annex 1) and justify this budget briefly in the proposal)
  • Personal Information of the Russian Principal Investigator (Salutation, first name, last name, achieved academic degree, affiliation, full laboratory address, Email address, telephone number)
  • Personal Information of the German Principal Investigator (Salutation, first name, last name, achieved academic degree, affiliation, full laboratory address, Email address, telephone number)
  • Personal Information of the first funded person (Salutation, first name, last name, achieved academic degree, affiliation, full laboratory address, Email address, telephone number, date of birth, full private address, information on language skill in English).
  • If applicable (can be left blank): Personal Information of the second funded person (Salutation, first name, last name, academic degree, affiliation, full laboratory address, Email address, telephone number, date of birth, full private address, information on language skill in English).

    2. Project Description (to be uploaded (pdf format), length: max. 2 pages, only pdf-documents are accepted): (single spaced, New Times Roman, 12 pt). Longer proposals will be rejected. The following structure of the body of the proposals is obligatory:
    - Title of the project
    - State-of-the-art and own previous work
    - Aims of the project and description of the innovative, interdisciplinary approach involving Russian and German researchers
    - Brief work plan or outline of activities
    - Requested funds and justification must be made according to the regulations of G-RISC and DAAD (see below: Annex 1)*
    - A list of references of published work funded previously by G-RISC should be submitted as an Appendix

    3. Letter of acceptance from the sending institution (to be uploaded, pdf format)
    indicating briefly that the funded person will contribute to a Russian-German collaborations (upload of pdf document of < 1 MByte - documents of larger size will not be processed) - in most cases the PI may sign this document. G-RISC may request that the Head of Institution must sign, as well.

    4. Letter of acceptance from the hosting institution (to be uploaded, pdf format)
    indicating briefly that the funded person will contribute to a Russian-German collaborations (upload of pdf document of < 1 MByte - documents of larger size will not be processed) - in most cases the PI may sign this document. G-RISC may request that the Head of Institution must sign, as well.

Proposals ignoring these requirements will be excluded from evaluation and funding.


3. Reviewing and Notification 
  • The submitting person will be notified by Email that the proposal has been received.
  • All proposals will be peer reviewed and the decision of funding is made by the binational Steering Committee of G-RISC.
  • The result of the evaluation is currently planned to be sent by November 30, 2020 to the submitting person. All projects will receive a funding statement. There, it will be stated, if funds are allocated, or not.

 

Annex 1: Regulations for Financial Support (Funding Rates)

1. Local Expenses for Mobility Projects

Category

Visit to

Support per month

Per day (for visits up to 22 days)

Graduates from Germany*

Russia

950.00 €*

42.00 €*

Doctoral Students from Germany*

Russia

1,525.00 €*

 

68.00 €*

Advanced Scientists from Germany (teaching visits): Allowances for accommodation and food*

Russia

-

 

 Moscow: 108.00 €
St. Petersburg: 93.00 €
All other cities: 72.00 €

Graduates from Russia

Germany

850.00 €

38.00 €

Doctoral Students from Russia

Germany

1,200.00 €

54.00 €

Young Scientists (Post-Docs) from Russia

Germany

2,000.00 €

89.00 €

Advanced Scientists (Professors or Habilitated Scientists) from Russia (teaching visits)

Germany

2.150.00 €

96.00 €

 

2. Travel Expenses for Mobility Projects

 

Visit to

European part

Asian part

Graduates from Germany*

Russia

425.00 €

800.00 €

Postdocs and Advanced Scientists from Germany*

Russia

425.00 €

800.00 €

Graduates, Doctoral Students, Postdocs, and Advanced Scientists from Russia

Germany

425.00 €

800.00 €

Important Footnotes

* Only Employees of Freie Universität Berlin must claim their expenses according to Bundesreisekostengesetz (BRKG) and Auslandsreisekostenverordnung (ARV). Only costs for the most economical transportation (Economy Class) and accommodation can be reimbursed.

3. Electronic Projects: Please state the financial needs according to quotations or estimates. Note that all purchases must be done via Freie Universität Berlin. Any durable equipment will remain property of this institution.

4. Sur-Place Stipends (only for Russian Institutions): The rate per month is 150 EUR.