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Call for proposals in basic research in social sciences and humanities (Round I/2018)

12/09/2017 - 17:31
National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED) is pleased to launch the call for application: Basic research in social sciences and humanities (Round I/2018). Application submission deadline: to 17h00, Friday 29 September 2017.

I. Funding objective:
- To create favorable research environment in order to promote basic research activities at scientific and technological organizations in Vietnam.
- To enhance research capabilities and develop robust research communities in order to enrich Vietnamese science and technology workforce.
- To improve research quality towards international standards.
- To promote international cooperation and integration in scientific researches.

II. Funding areas
Basic research in the field of Philosophy, Ethics and Religiology, Sociology, Political Science, Economics and Business, Economic and Social Geography, Law, History and Archaeology, Ethnology, Psychology, Science Education, Language and Literature, Media and Communication, Art (according to categories of scientific and technological research fields issued together with Decision no. 12/2008/QD-BKHCN dated on 4th September 2008 by the Minister of Ministry of Science and Technology) (download list of categories here).

III. Eligible grantees
- Vietnam’s scientific and technological organizations; foreign organizations that are capable of conducting scientific research and currently operating in Vietnam; foreign organizations that are collaborating with Vietnam’s scientific and technological organizations in joint research.
- Individual Vietnamese-citizen scientists; foreign scientists that are collaborate with Vietnam’s scientific and technological organizations or with individual Vietnamese scientists.

IV. Eligibilities for host organizations, participating researchers and requirements on research outcomes
1. Eligibilities for host organizations:
a) Must be a registered scientific and technological organization whose expertise matches with the project(s) being proposed;
b) Fulfil all responsibilities of a host organization for the project(s) awarded by NAFOSTED grants.
2. Eligibilities for Principal Investigator:
a) 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;
b) 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 (download the list of prestigious international journals here - http://www.nafosted.gov.vn/uploads/news/2017_07/qd-va-huong-dan-tra-cuu-danh-muc-tcqt.rar ) in the last 5 years from the submission date;
c) Commit sufficient time to complete the research being proposed as per regulations. In case the PI is overseas for business trip, his/her time abroad must not exceed 1/3 of the total project conduction time;
d) Abide by conditions for PI registration and participation as per regulations.
3. Project member/researchers must obtain proper and technical competencies and skills for their proposed research, including:
a) Key researcher(s) and scientific secretary: achieved PhD degree or associate professor/professor title and having relevant research outcomes published on prestigious international or national journal in the last 5 years from the submission date.
If member are master-degree holders, they must have relevant research outcome(s), including at least 1 publication on prestigious international journal(s) in the last 5 years from the submission date.
b) PhD students participating in the proposed project must be working on relevant dissertations and acquire dissertation-approval decision in 24 months from the submission date.
4.  Research outcomes must meet one of the followings:
-         Include at least 01 articles published on prestigious international journals and 02 article published on prestigious national journal.
-         Include at least 02 articles published on prestigious international journals.
-         Where the research topic cannot be published in prestigious international journals, the research outcome must contain at least 01 monograph (either published or in the form of a draft which is considered eligible for publication) and two articles published in prestigious national journals.
* For the first and second options, PI must be first author of at least 1 article published on prestigious international journals as result of the granted research.
* For research with exploring and discovering orientations, research results must have at least 01 article published in prestigious international journals.

V. Application (including electronic and printed proposals)
1. Electronic proposals must be prepared on OMS by filling standard forms including:
-         Basic Research Registration Form (Forms: NCCB01; NCCB01E – to be filled in OMS System)
-         Project Proposal (Form NCCB02Cost proforma NCCB02Form NCCB02ECost proforma NCCB02E).
-         Scientific CV of PI and other members (Forms: NCCB03, NCCB03E – to be filled in OMS System).
-         Evidences of research achievements of PI: Scan and submit onto OMS System only articles which were published on international scientific journals in the last 5 years and valid as achievement evidences according to regulations.
Forms and details on project application are regulated in 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/)
2. Printed proposals comprise:
2.1 Application with signature in blue ink (for original identification) and red seal (1 set in Vietnamese and 1 set in English):
a. Research registration form printed from OMS and approved by the host or supporting organization;
b. Project Proposal and Cost proforma (must be exactly same with electronic version in the OMS) approved by Head of host or supporting organization;
c. Scientific CV of PI and each member printed from OMS with signature in blue ink and approved by Head of host or supporting organization.
d. Evidences of training for PhD student (1 copy).
2.2 Evidence of research achievements of PI (separate from Registration form, Project Proposal and Scientific CV), including: 01 full copy of all articles published on international scientific journals as regulated;
In addition, project leader must print 2 Proposal checklists to recheck and use as submission confirmation (Download Proposal checklish here).
Notice:
Electronic proposals shall be used for merit review and evaluation.
Any proposal differing from its OMS version shall be refused by NAFOSTED.
In the Explanation of Budget for Research: must fill all 07 sections, for those not applicable to the proposed research please fill as: 0.
Please carefully read Guide on how to use OMS promptly - http://www.nafosted.gov.vn/vi/he-thong-oms/
 
VI. Proposal submission
NAFOSTED Administration Office
Room 405, 4th Floor, No 39, Tran Hung Dao street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
Specialized support: 024.39340411 / ext 102, 103, 104, 105.
IT support: 024.39367750 / ext 604, 605.

VII. Timeline
Receiving proposals: From 15 August 2017 to 5:00pm 29 Sep 2017
Eligibility check: October 2017
Merit review and evaluation: October - November 2017
Announcing the list of grantees: December 2017
Refining proposals and signing contracts: January – February 2018

VIII. Applicable legal documents
- 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/)
- Decision No. 95/QĐ-HDQL-NAFOSTED dated on 24th June 2016 by NAFOSTED Management Board approving list of basic research areas in social sciences and humanities from 2016.
- Decision No. 156/QĐ-HDQL-NAFOSTED dated on 28th August 2015 by NAFOSTED Management Board approving prestigious ISI journal list and the list of prestigious international journal in social sciences and humanities from 2015 (with updated information).
- Joint Circular No. 55/2015/TTLT-BTC-BKHCN  dated on 22nd April 2015 by Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Science and Technology guiding norms for constructing and allocating cost estimates and settlement for scientific projects using state budget.
(http://www.nafosted.gov.vn/vi/archives/view/552015TTLT-BTC-BKHCN-28/)
- Joint circular No. 27/2015/TTLT-BKHCN-BTC dated on 30th December 2015 by Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Science and Technology regulating funding allocation for conducting scientific projects using state budget.
- Circular No.40/2017/TT-BTC dated on 28th 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.
- Circular No. 01/2010/TT-BTC dated on 6th January 2010 by Ministry of Finance governing the allowances for welcoming and receiving foreign delegation into Vietnam, and for organizing international workshops/conferences in Vietnam.
(http://www.nafosted.gov.vn/vi/archives/view/012010TT-BTC-12/)
- Circular No. 02/2017/TT-BNV dated on 12th May 2017 by the Ministry of Home Affairs guiding the implementation of basic salary levels for wage earners, allowances in public agencies and units of the Party, the State, socio-political organizations and associations.
http://www.nafosted.vn/file/TTLT232007.pdf
- Circular No. 09/2015/TT-BKHCN dated 15th May 2015 by the Ministry of Science and Technology governing the administration of activities of enhancing national scientific and technological capacity of National Foundation for Science and Technology Development;
- Circular No. 109/2016/TT-BTC dated 30th June 2016 by the Ministry of Finance governing the estimation, management, use and settlement of funds for the implementation of statistical surveys, national statistics;
The above documents can be viewed and downloaded from the NAFOSTED's website at: http://www.nafosted.gov.vn/en/archives/

IX. Guidelines on preparing proposal budget
1. NAFOSTED provides guidelines on how to apply Joint circular No. 55/2015/TTLT-BTC-BKHCN of 22rd April 2015 of Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Science and Technology guiding norms for constructing and allocating cost estimates and settlement for scientific projects using state budget as below:
1.1. Labor costs: Are calculated on workday basis of each member and converted to month unit. A workday equals to 8 working hours; or more than 4 working hours per day. A working month is equivalent to 22 workdays.
1.2. Fixed asset purchase and repair costs: Previously, NAFOSTED only funds for small and necessary research devices that are directly used for project activities. During merit review and evaluation, NAFOSTED prioritizes the host organizations that fully meet requirements on physical facilities and equipment to proceed their proposed research.  Any subcontracts for purchasing equipment must comply with regulations specified in Joint Circular No. 16/2015/BKHCN-BTC dated on 1st September 2015 by Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Science and Technology governing the administration and use of assets supported by State grants. Equipment purchase is possible only if there are no substitute hiring/renting services available, or due to inefficient asset manoeuvre.
1.3. Sending delegations abroad: Is not generally applicable under basic research. If there is an urge need for sending delegations abroad, the research team must prepare a separate proposal and submit to “NAFOSTED support program for national science and technology competency enhancement” in accordance with Circular No. 09/2015/TT/BKHCN dated on 15th May 2015 by Ministry of Science and Technology.
1.4. Receiving foreign delegation: Circular No. 01/2010/TT-BTC dated on 6th January 2010 by Ministry of Finance governing the allowances for welcoming and receiving foreign delegation into Vietnam, and for organizing international workshops/conferences in Vietnam.
2. Applying Joint circular No. 27/2015/TTLT-BKHCN-BTC dated on 30th December 2015 by Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Science and Technology regulating funding allocation for conducting scientific projects using state budget in accordance with Decree No. 95/2014/ND-CP governing the investment and financial administration for science and technology activities as below:
PI should demonstrate their intentions for applying partly or full administrative expense allocation in Project Registration Form (Form NCCB 01 and NCCB 01E).
NAFOSTED shall consider the accounting framework of full administrative expense allocation if a proposal fully meets the conditions in Article 6 of Joint circular No. 27/2015/TTLT-BKHCN-BTC.

X. Notices
-         PI of basic research projects that are currently being funded by NAFOTED but about to complete (by contract) before August 2017 and submit project closeout files prior to 29th September 2017 are eligible to apply for Round I/2018.
-         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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