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Announcement on funding bilateral cooperation program in biomedical field

13/12/2017 - 16:50
According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED) and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia on 15 December 2015, based on the funding plan approved by President of the NAFOSTED's Board of Trustees, NAFOSTED announces the first NAFOSTED – NHMRC call for joint research proposal in the field of biomedical sciences as follows:
1. Funding target:
- To improve understanding of infectious diseases, maternal and child health and/or public health to support the health policy contribution, as well as practice to enhance public health;
- To promote cooperation with international partners in the field of biomedicine;
- To enhance research capabilities and expertises for both Vietnamese and Australian scientists;
- To create a premise for a long-term cooperation between Vietnamese and Australian scientists.
 
2. Funding areas
The program sponsors research on:
- Infectious Diseases;
- Maternal and child health;
- Public health.
NAFOSTED and NHMRC do not consider funding for proposals with topic that is not covered by the above funding areas.

3. Project conduction time: Maximum 36 months.

4. Funding for sponsorship
NAFOSTED will spend a maximum of AUD$1,000,000 per year to sponsor joint research projects in the program. 
NHMRC has committed AUD$3,000,000 over the three year period for sponsorship of joint research projects.

Funding projects from the Vietnamese side is based on Joint Circular No.55/2015/TTLT-BTC-BKHCN dated 22 April 2015 by the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Science and Technology Guiding levels of estimates, allocation of estimated funds and expenditure statement of scientific and technological tasks with funds from state budget and Joint Circular No.27/2015/TTLT-BKHCN-BTC dated on 30 December 2015 by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Finance Regulating the fixed funding assignment on implementing science and technology project funded state budget.

5. Eligibilities for Vietnamese host organizations, participating researchers
Each party (NAFOSTED/NHMRC) has own specific regulations for participating organizations and individuals.
On NAFOSTED side:
1. Host organization of the project (AI)
- Must be a registered scientific and technological organization whose expertise matches with the project(s) being proposed;
- Fulfill all responsibilities of a host organization for the project(s) awarded by NAFOSTED grants.
 
2. The principal investigator (CIB)
- Possess relevant research expertise to the project being proposed and are employed by a registered scientific and technology organization. If the principal investigator is not currently employed by any scientific and technological organization, he/she must be supported by a reputable Vietnam’s scientific and technological organization that agrees to be the host institution;
- Possess research abilities and skills that match the requirements of the project being proposed, including: holding PhD degree or associate professor/professor title, and having relevant research results published on prestigious international journals in the last 5 years from the submission date (based on Circular No. 37/2014/TT-BKHCN dated 12/12/2014 of the Ministry of Science and Technology and Decision No.31/QĐ-HDQL-NAFOSTED dated 30 March 2003 2016 of NAFOSTED);
- Commit sufficient time to complete the research being proposed as per regulations. In case the CIB is overseas for business trip, his/her time abroad must not exceed 1/3 of the total project conduction time;
- Abide by conditions for CIB registration and participation as per regulations.
Each scientist is permitted to propose only one project in this program.
Regulations for other members participating in the project are in Article 10, Section 3 and Article 11, Section 2,4,5 Circular No. 37/2014/TT-BKHCN dated 12 December 2014 of the Ministry of Science and Technology.
     On NHMRC side: Refer to NHMRC’s website here
 
6. Application
On Vietnam side (01 online and 01 hard copy).
Application is required to be written in both Vietnamese and English, registered on OMS system by filling standard forms including:
- Project registration form (in Vietnamese and English);
- Scientific CV of CIB and other members (in Vietnamese and English);
- Project’s research proposals: research proposal (Vietnamese and English), cost estimation (Vietnamese and English for 24 month-projects, Vietnamese and English for 36 month-projects);
- Evidences of research achievements (if any).
Application can be downloaded here.
The hard copy must be printed from OMS and approved by the host or supporting organization, including:
- 01 research registration form printed from OMS and approved by the host or supporting organization;
- Project’s research proposal (approved by Head of host or supporting organization);
- Scientific CV of CIB and each member printed from OMS with signature in blue ink and approved by Head of host or supporting organization.
- Evidences of training for PhD student (1 copy).
 
Application submission address:
      Administration Office (Room 405)
      National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED)
      4th Floor, No 39, Tran Hung Dao street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
NHMRC side: online registration via RGMS system.
 
7. Application evaluation
The chosen applications are projects that fit the funding areas, meet the program requirements as well as those of NAFOSTED and the NHMRC’s and areconsidered based on the following criteria:
- The quality of research proposal and feasibility (25%);
- Significance of the project is in line with the target of the program (25%);
- Capacity of the CIB and research team (25%);
- Promoting international cooperation (25%)
 
8. Timeline
- Proposals submission: From 6 December 2017 to 5:00pm 28 February 2018
- Merit review and evaluation: March 2018 - June 2018
- Announcement the list of grantees: August or September 2018
 
9. Related documents for reference
- Regulations in the joint research program between NHMRC and NAFOSTED;
Instructions for application registration of NHMRC – NAFOSTED;
- Common regulations on application evaluation and selection of NHMRC – NAFOSTED;
- NHMRC’s regulations in 2018;
- Circular No. 37/2014/TT-BKHCN dated on 12th December 2014 by the Ministry of Science and Technology governing the administration of basic research funding program of National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (http://www.nafosted.gov.vn/vi/archives/view/37242014TT-BKCN-26/)
- Joint Circular No.55/2015/TTLT-BTC-BKHCN dated 22 April 2015 by the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Science and Technology Guiding levels of estimates, allocation of estimated funds and expenditure statement of scientific and technological tasks with funds from state budget;
(http://www.nafosted.gov.vn/vi/archives/view/552015TTLT-BTC-BKHCN-28/)
-         Joint Circular No.27/2015/TTLT-BKHCN-BTC dated on 22 April 2015 by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Finance Regulating the fixed funding assignment on implementing science and technology project funded state budget.
(http://www.nafosted.gov.vn/vi/archives/view/272015TTLT-BKHCN-BTC-32/)
-         Circular No.40/2017/TT-BTC dated on 28 April 2017 by the Ministry of Finance on work-trip allowances and conference expenditures applied to state agencies, public service providers, political organizations, socio-political organizations, other organizations or associations using state budget
(http://www.nafosted.gov.vn/vi/archives/view/402017TT-BTC-37/)
- Decree No. 23/2014/NĐ-CP of the Government dated 3 April 2014 provides for the charter on organization and operation of the National Foundation for Science and Technology Development;
(http://www.nafosted.gov.vn/vi/archives/view/232014ND-CP-24/)
-         Decision No.31/QĐ-HĐQL-NAFOSTED dated on 30 March 2016 by NAFOSTED’s Board of Trustees approving the lists of prestigious ISI journals and prestigious international journals in Natural Sciences and Engineering;
(http://www.nafosted.gov.vn/vi/archives/view/31QD-HDQL-NAFOSTED-31/)
-         Decision No.73/QĐ-HĐQL-NAFOSTED dated on 19 May 2016 by NAFOSTED’s Board of Trustees approving the list of prestigious national journals in Natural Sciences and Engineering.
(http://www.nafosted.gov.vn/vi/archives/view/73QD-HDQL-NAFOSTED-33/)
 
10. Notices
-  CIB of basic research projects that are currently being funded by NAFOTED but about to complete (by contract) and submit project closeout files prior to 28th February 2018 are eligible to apply for this program.
-  A host or supporting organization is a registered scientific and technological organization with independent legal standing, legal seal and its own No. 3713 account at Vietnam State Treasury.
- It is required to prepare proposals in compliance with NAFOSTED regulations. Any proposal lacks requisite information or fails to comply with standard forms shall be refused for review.
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