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Call for Application for Potential Research Project according to Circular 40/2014/TT-BKHCN dated on 18 December 2014 by the Ministry of Science and Technology

04/08/2017 - 14:15
 (Application deadline, application contents and relative documents have been amended)
 
National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED) is pleased to launch the call for application for potential research project starting from 2017, according to Circular No.40/2014/TT-BKHCN dated on 18 December 2014 by the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Application submission time: from the publishing date of the Announcement on NAFOSTED’s website to 16h30, Friday 28 July 2017.
Extension of submission time: until 17h00, Thursday 31 August 2017.
For application submitted earlier to NAFOSTED, host institution and principal investigator can withdraw to refine and re-submit to NAFOSTED within the extension time.

1. Funding objective:
To fund for research in the scientific field of national priority with high applicability and potential to create, develop new research orientation or new product.

2. Funding target:
 Scientific and technological organizations, individuals working in science and technology in Vietnam; other relative organizations and individuals.

3. General requirements:
3.1. Research topic of the project: Has to be breakthrough, innovative, likely to create new research direction or new technology product when successfully researched. For research to create new technology product, there must be an address for application of research results once the project is completed. 
3.2. Research fields of the project:
3.2.1. Social Sciences and Humanities.
3.2.2. Natural Sciences.
3.2.3. Technological priorities:
a) Information and communications technology;
b) Biological technology;
c) New material technology;
d) Machine construction technology – Automation;
e) Environmental technology.
(Scientific and technological priorities are regulated in Clause 3, Article III of Decision No.418/QD-TTg dated on 11 April 2012 by the Government on approval of strategy for scientific and technological development for the 2011-2020 period).
3.3. Project conduction time: Maximum 36 months.

4. Result of the project:
a) Final report of the project’s research results, including scientific and technological solution with sufficient scientific and practical analysis to resolve the proposed problem, prototype of new technological product (if any).
b) Scientific publication under one of the following type:
- At least two (02) publications published on prestigious international journals;
- Patent with scientific quality evaluated and verified by experts or plant variety protection certificate. In the case such patent or certificate has not been granted, there must be confirmation from competent authorities on potential protection.

5. Requirements for applying organizations and individuals
5.1. Host organization of the project:
a) Is a registered S&T organization with operating functions appropriate to research field of the proposed project;
b) Has adequate and suitable facilities, techniques for the conduction of the projects;
c) Does not violate regulation in Clause 1, Article 19 of Circular No.40/2014/TT-BKHCN dated on 18 December 2014 by the Ministry of Science and Technology.
5.2. Individual applying as principal investigator of the project:
a) Is the proponent and lead the development of the project proposal;
b) Holds bachelor or higher degree and is working in fields appropriate to research contents of the project; 
c) Is capable of project execution and could ensure sufficient time to lead the project; 
d) Has no restriction in citizenship in accordance to Vietnamese law;
đ) Does not violate requirement for principal investigator as regulated in Clause 4, Article 18 of Circular No.40/2014/TT-BKHCN dated on 18 December 2014 by the Ministry of Science and Technology;
e) Fulfill at least one of the followings:
- Has publication with relative contents to the proposed project being published on prestigious ISI journal in the last five (05) years from the date of submission.
- Is the owner of invention or plant variety which is legally protected, relates to the proposed project and has been applied in practice for the last seven (07) years from the date of submission.

6. Project application:
6.1. Project Application includes:
a) Application form (form ĐXTN-02)
b) Project proposal (form ĐXTN-03)
c) Summarized proposal (form ĐXTN-04)
d) Confirmation of research and facility capacity of applying host organization (form ĐXTN-05).
e) Scientific curriculum vitae of applying principal investigator and key members (form ĐXTN-06).
f) Cooperation confirmation of cooperative organizations (form ĐXTN-07)
g) Certification of applicability of results of the project (form ĐXTN-08)
h) Legal document showing capacity to mobilize matching fund for project conduction (if any).
i) Other additional documents (if any).
Please note: Applying organizations and individuals should refer to NAFOSTED’s guidances when prepare own application to ensure the fulfillment of general requirements and amendments of current regulations.                       
6.2. To be eligible and evaluated, application must meet the followings:
Application forms must be filled will all required information, signatures, seals and be submitted to National Foundation for Science and Technology Development in printed form (01 original copy) and electronic form (01 soft copy without password). In addition, applying host institution must submit a Word copy of the proposal and an Excel copy of estimated budget explanation.
6.3. More details on project application, principles and criteria for evaluation and execution procedure are stated in Circular No.40/2014/TT-BKHCN dated on 18 December 2014 by the Ministry of Science and Technology.

7. Application submission:
NAFOSTED continuously receives project application and evaluates on a “first come first serve” basis.
Individuals applying as principal investigator must prepare 02 copies of checklist (form ĐXTN-01) and submit with the project application. NAFOSTED shall check, confirm and send back 01 copy to the applicant.
Submission address: National Foundation for Science and Technology Development.
Administrative Office (R. 405), 39 Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
Telephone: (024) 39369503; Fax: (024) 39367751.
Email: nafosted@most.gov.vn;
Website: www.nafosted.gov.vn

8. Application evaluation timeline:
Application evaluation and funding announcement shall take place in maximum 60 days from the submission deadline (exclusive of examination or inspection time – if any).

9. Relative documents for reference
More detailed instructions could be found in the following documents:
9.1. Circular No.40/2014/TT-BKHCN dated on 18 December 2014 by the Ministry of Science and Technology Governing the administration of scientifically and socially significant emergent projects and potential projects funded by National Foundation for Science and Technology Development.
9.2. 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.
9.3. 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.
9.4. Joint Circular No.16/2015/TTLT-BKHCN-BTC dated on 01 September 2015 by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Finance Guiding the management and handling of assets through the implementation of scientific and technological project using national budget.
9.5. 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. 
9.6. Circular No. 102/2012/TT-BTC dated on 21 June 2012, stipulating the regime of work-trip allowances for state officials and employees travelling abroad on short working missions funded by the state budget.
9.7. Document No.15203/BTC-HCSN dated on 26 October 2016 by the Ministry of Finance Guiding on additional financial regulations for National Foundation for Science and Technology Development.
9.8. Resolution No.20-NQ/TW dated on 01 November 2012 by the Party Central Committee XI on the development of science and technology to supply national industrialization and modernization in the context of socialist-oriented market economy and international integration.
 Refer to Part III (Tasks and Solutions), Section 3 (Deployment of major orientations for scientific and technological tasks) for priority in scientific and technological fields.
9.9. Decision No. 418/QD-TTg dated on 11 April 2012 by the Government on approval of strategy for scientific and technological development for the 2011-2020 period.
Refer to Part III (Task orientation for development of science and technology), Section 3 (Synchronous development of social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and technological priority) for priority in scientific and technological fields.
9.10. Decision No.156/QĐ-HĐQL-NAFOSTED dated on 28 August 2015 by NAFOSTED’s Board of Trustees on the announcement of list of prestigious international and national journals in Social Sciences and Humanities applied from 2015.
9.11. 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.
9.12. 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./.

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