German-Russian Interdisciplinary Science Center

Call for Proposals

Regulations for 21st Call for Proposals

Regulations for the 21st Call for Proposals

Important note: Funds have not yet been granted by DAAD. All projects can be realized only, if the required funds are made available to G-RISC. Funding period: January 1, 2020 – June 30, 2020 READ CAREFULLY HOW TO PREPARE A G-RISC PROPOSAL

Deadline for submission of proposals: October 31, 2019 (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) and provides a unique interdisciplinary research platform supporting excellent education and research in binational projects between Russia and Germany.

Scientific Scope of Funding by G-RISC

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

  • Applied Research
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Fundamental Research
  • Life Sciences
  • Materials Research
  • Structure and Dynamics of Matter

Subject of Funding

  • Mobility funds for excellent young Russian students, doctoral students, or post-docs up to the age of 35 years aiming interdisciplinary research projects in the field mentioned above in Germany, where support can be requested for research stays up to 2 months (typically 1 month).
    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 field mentioned above in Russia up to one month.
    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 field mentioned above at the partner institutions in Russia or Germany.
    Teaching visits for compact classes last typically for 7 days.
  • 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.
  • Interdiscplinary 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.

NEW REGULATIONS how to prepare a G-RISC proposal (READ CAREFULLY):         
General Notes:

  • Proposals must be written in the English language.
  • They must be submitted before the deadline on October 31, 2019 (CET)
  • Submissions must be done via the new electronic submission system: https://proposals.g-risc.org/. This requires that you must register for the new submission system before entering the proposal data. Do not forget to push the "SUBMIT" Button, once you are finished. Only saved proposals in the proposal system will be considered. You will receive an Email, if the proposal is successfully submitted.
  • Submissions by Email will be rejected.
  • 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. A cover page is prepared on a webform. 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 propose
  • Specify the type of project (exchange to Germany/to Russia/Conference)
  • Number of funded people
  • Duration project
  • Intended start of project (just enter the month(s) of the first semester 2020)
  • 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).
  1. Project description to be uploaded (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
  2. Letter of acceptance from the sending institution indicating 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.
  3. Letter of acceptance from the hosting institution indicating 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.

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 December 20, 2019 to the submitting person. All projects will receive a funding statement. There, it will be stated, if funds are allocated, or not.
  • Currently, the G-RISC project is subject of renewal. Funds will only be made available to successful projects, if G-RISC is continued to be funded. In addition, due to this situation there might be delays in G-RISC funding, requiring for all proposers to remain patient until they get notified. Especially, research stays scheduled for January or February 2020 should consider this.

Annex 1: Regulations for Financial Support (NEW Rates)

1. Local Expenses

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

 

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 €


3. 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.