Note: interdisciplinary networks combining both of the above-mentioned areas will be welcomed.
CALL DEADLINE: 17March2016 Within the framework of the Agreement between Belgium and China on cooperation in the fields of science and technology, and following the decisions taken during the Joint Mixed Commission meeting, held in Being on 24 June 2015, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (hereinafter: MOST) and the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (hereinafter: BELSPO) jointly launch the present call for proposals to support scientific activities .
Proposals in the scientific areas of the role of the oceans in the climate system(CLIMocean) and of earth observation (EO) will be considered for funding. Interdisciplinary research networks combining several scientific disciplines will be welcomed.
The CLIMocean Call line and the EO Call line follow different procedures.
For the CLIMocean call line the bilateral joint call procedure is followed.
Who can apply?
For BELSPO, proposals eligible under the present call are those related to projects that are or have been supported by one of BELSPO's research programmes (SSD, BRAIN, STEREO, IUAP, ESA-PRODEX) or running research projects of the federal scientific institutions. Information about the above-mentioned research programmes is available via BELSPO's website: www.belspo.beFedra Research actions. Information on the federal scientific institutions can be found via annexe 1.
What kind of activities will be supported?
The joint scientific projects should aim to enhance the scientific cooperation between the concerned researchers of both countries and to contribute to a sustainable cooperation beyond the period of the project.
The added value of the proposed work for the partners of both countries should be explicit in the proposal.
Start of the research projects: July 2016
Duration of the research projects: maximum 3 years.
How will support be granted?
The funding of the joint research projects is based on the principle of reciprocity. Each country finances the costs for activities carried out on its own territory (personnel costs, working costs (including field missions), subcontracting), whereas the international travel costs are borne by the respective sending country.
The maximum budget per proposal to be granted to the Belgian network is 250.000EUR. The proposal must include minimum two Belgian researchers from different Belgian institutions and two Chinese partners. Participation of other relevant European partners in the network is also possible but will not be funded by BELSPO nor by MOST. If such a partner is proposed, he or she should be indicated as "other European partner" in the application form. Self-financed associated partners may be part of the consortium if they are able to clearly demonstrate an added value to the project and secure their own funding. The self-financed/associated partners must provide a signed official letter of support from their Head of Department, Financial Director, or equivalent position, stating the commitment of the organisation to provide its own funding. That letter must be included as an appendix to the proposal submission form.
How will the proposals be selected?
Once the call is closed, all proposals will be examined according to the eligibility criteria (checklist). The eligible proposals will be submitted to a selection process. Proposals will be evaluated both in Belgium (written peer review under the supervision of BELSPO) and in China (under the supervision of MOST) in accordance with the principle of scientific excellence and added value to the running activities. The final selection will be jointly agreed by MOST and BELSPO.
BELSPO and MOST will inform the Belgian applicants and the Chinese applicants respectively of the final selection.
How to apply?
Applications must be submitted both to BELSPO (by the Belgian coordinator) and to MOST (by the Chinese coordinator)via the attached research grant submission form, at Belgian side by e-mail (in 'Word' and in 'pdf', with signatures), and at Chinese side through the submission platform and express delivery.
Deadline for submission:17March 2016at 3 p.m. on the Belgian side, and at 5 p.m. in Beijing on Chinese side.
The currently open call 'STEREO III' (2015) offers cooperation modalities in earth observation (call launched via the Law gazette on 7 December 2015).
Start of the research projects: end 2016.
How to apply?
Chinese researchers interested in joining a Belgian research project on earth observation as an international partner, can participate to this current STEREO III call. Participation has to occur under the STEREO procedures. Relevant information and all documents to the benefit of applicants (information file, expression of interest file, proposal submission file) are available via the following link: http://www.belspo.be/belspo/organisation/Call/SRIII2016_en.stm
The expressions of interest (EoI) need to be submitted to BELSPO by the Belgian coordinator by January 28th (mandatory). Once these EoI are declared eligible by BELSPO, the Chinese partners need to submit the application form hereafter to MOST, by February 28th, in order to be evaluated for eligibility by MOST. Proposals accepted by MOST can apply for a 100 % funding by MOST. The final proposal then needs to be submitted to BELSPO by March 17th for final evaluation. Within the proposal, an agreement letter has to be signed to declare the 100% matched funds by MOST. Following STEREO's peer review process the short list of selected proposals with Chinese partners will be submitted to MOST to allow the access to funding for the Chinese partners.
Who can apply?
From the Chinese side, the call is open to the legal entities based in China, including universities, research institutes, and enterprises (preferably SMEs).
From the Belgian side, the call is addressed to Belgian universities, public scientific institutions and nonprofit research institutions.
Expression of interest (mandatory): 28 January 2016 at 5 PM (to BELSPO by Belgian coordinator)