JOINT CALL FOR RESEARCH PROPOSAL 2017
Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), INDIA

JAPAN SOCIETY FOR THE PROMOTION OF SCIENCE (JSPS), JAPAN

   

This “FY2017 Call for Proposals” provides the application guidelines on the ICSSR side. Please consult with JSPS’s counterpart organizations about application guidelines for JSPS side. 

1. Program outline 

The Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) carries out bilateral cooperative programs between India and Japan based on agreement concluded with them.

The aim of this program is to form sustained networks evolved from individual social scientist exchanges including young social scientists. ICSSR provides financial support to Indian Social Scientists implementing such bilateral joint research projects and seminars between research teams from India and Japan. 

2. Eligibility & Other conditions 
 Terms\Activities Joint Research Projects  Joint Seminars 
Participants from India  At the time of submitting their application, applicants must hold a full-time or equivalent position as a researcher in the field of social sciences at a public funded university or research institute in India. 
Participants from counterpart country  Researchers at a university or research institute under jurisdiction of JSPS, Japan. 
Participants  No limitation on number of participants. Researchers who belong to institution/organization in third countries are not allowed to participate No limitation on number of participants; Researchers from third countries may participate in seminars under the condition that they cover their own expenses.
Duration  Two years  One Week
Others With the exception of fieldwork or presentation of research reports on Joint Research Projects in an international conference, travel costs to third countries are not covered. Seminars are to be held either in India or Japan. 
Applications submitted to both ICSSR and JSPS and its counterpart organization by the deadlines. 
3. Expenses supported by ICSSR 

ICSSR consigns the administration of projects to the Indian team leader’s affiliated institution. When using funds, please follow ICSSR’s rules. 

ICSSR covers the following expenses of researchers on the Indian 

team: 

1) Joint Research Projects 
 

International travel International airfare between India and Japan. 
<Maintenance allowance> by JSPS
Domestic travel  Domestic travel expenses for members of Indian team 
<Domestic travel expenses and maintenance allowance for researchers of Japan during their stay in India> 
Other expenses  Consumables, honoraria, printing, communication, meeting expenses (in India), etc. 
Remark  It is recommended that more than 50% of total funding should be used for international/domestic travel. 
2) Joint Seminars held in India 
Domestic travel  Domestic travel expenses for members of Indian team (for joint seminar, preparatory meeting and/or debriefing held in India) 
<Domestic travel expenses and maintenance allowance for researchers of Japan during their stay in India> 
Meeting expenses  Consumables, honoraria, printing, communication, meeting expenses, reception, excursion, etc. 
Joint Seminars held in Japan
International travel  International airfare between India and Japan. 
<Maintenance allowance> by JSPS
Following expenses incurred in India 
Domestic travel  Domestic travel expenses for members of India team (for preparatory meeting and/or debriefing held in India) 
Meeting expenses  Consumables, honoraria, printing, communication, meeting expenses (for preparatory meeting and/or debriefing), etc. 
Remark  Costs for holding the seminars are to be covered by the counterpart organization. 
4. Application procedure at India 

Applications must be submitted through email (and hard copy) on or before 08 September 2016, 6.00 pm local time) by the Indian researchers. The guidelines and application format are available at www.icssr.org for Indian researchers & at www-shinsei.jsps.go.jp/topkokusai/top_kokusai.html for Japanese researchers.

Applications should be submitted on the prescribed Application Form to ICSSR for Indian scholars wishing to apply for joint research and to JSPS for Japanese scholars wishing to apply for joint research.

Applications must be submitted to (Contact Details):

ICSSR, New Delhi: Mr. M.P.Madhukar, Assistant Director, In-charge ICS Division, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi – 110 067, Tel: ++ 91 (0) 11 - 26742832, Email: adinchargeics@gmail.com 

JSPS, Japan : www-shinsei.jsps.go.jp/topkokusai/top_kokusai.html

5. Other instructions 

Team leaders Japan are to submit their applications to JSPS in accordance with their guidelines appearing on their website. 

Researchers who are now or have been supported under any of ICSSR’s international programs in the past 5 years are required to describe the results or expected results of that research activity and, if any, its relevance to the project/seminar being applied for. 

6. Selection criteria for ICSSR review 

The following criteria are utilized in selection process: 
      a. Scientific excellence of projects/seminars 
      b. Necessity of cooperation, added value gained, and mutual research advancement through transfer of knowledge and expertise 
      c. Impact of outcomes on improving the quality of life, contributing to socioeconomic development, and/or solving prevailing social  

          issues 
      d. Participation of young researchers and contribution to fostering them 
      e. Feasibility and concreteness of the research plan and expectation of its advancing the research 
 In addition to the above criteria, the following points are also considered: 
      f. Contribution to researcher interaction in advancing the research during the project/seminar. (<Only for the Joint Research Projects> It is recommended that   

         more than 50% of total funding should be used for international/domestic travel.) 
      g. Appropriateness of the budget plan 
      h. Appropriateness of the venue in case of seminar 

7. Selection procedure 

(1) ICSSR and JSPS may conduct separate reviews of the applications received by them. Based on these review results, they may make joint selections. 

(2) Selection results can be confirmed through email. 

8. Post-selection funding request to ICSSR 

Upon selection, Indian team leaders must submit an implementation plan and funding request using the prescribed form. ICSSR will make funding allocations based on these documents and/or its budgetary condition. 

9. Obligation of Indian team leaders and their affiliated institutions 

(1) Project funds allocated by ICSSR are to be administered by the institution to which the team leader is affiliated. 

(2) Team leaders must submit a report by the designated due date, which will be given public access, according to instructions by ICSSR. 

(3) Due acknowledgement of support by ICSSR and JSPS should be made in any publication resulting from the projects/seminars. 

10. Measures against misuse of research funds and handling of personal information, etc. 

(1) ICSSR will take appropriate measures (e.g. terminate project/seminar, require reimbursement of part or all of allocated funds) in cases of misuse of research funds, improper practices (e.g. fabrication, falsification, plagiarization), unjustifiable acts (e.g. discrimination, harassment), or violation of laws. 
(2) Researchers participating in research activities (excluding Seminars) under this program are obligated to complete a research ethics education course so as to prevent research misconduct. 

The names and affiliations of the team leaders, project/seminar titles and reports may be disclosed on ICSSR’s website and in its publications. 

11. Others 

(1) ICSSR will not bear responsibility for any injury, sickness or accident incurred during travel related to the projects/seminars. 
(2) Team leaders on both sides are obligated to ensure the protection and proper distribution of intellectual property resulting from projects/seminars, in accordance with the laws and regulations of their countries. It is requested that the team leader’s home institution set certain rules on attribution of intellectual property. 
(3) ICSSR does not support the issuing of visas or the arrangement of the accommodations related to bilateral joint research projects/seminars. 

12. ICSSR & JSPS contact information 

Mr. M.P.Madhukar, Assistant Director, In-charge ICS Division, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi – 110 067, Tel: ++ 91 (0) 11 - 26742832, Email: adinchargeics@gmail.com; 

&
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) 
Address 5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083 Japan 
E-mail nikokukan@jsps.go.jp 
For Joint Research Projects/ Seminars with countries in South America, Oceania and Europe) TEL +81 (0)3-3263-1763/1932 
For Joint Research Projects/ Seminars with countries in Asia and Africa 
TEL +81 (0)3-3263-1755/2387 

13. Other Instructions 

* The number to be selected may change due to the budgetary situations and/or other conditions of ICSSR and JSPS. 
* Indian and Japanese team leaders should be sure that their counterpart submits a matching application. Applications submitted by one side only will not be accepted. 

- Based on an agreement with JSPS, the sending side will cover international travel expenses and insurance costs while the receiving side will cover domestic travel expenses and maintenance allowances. Costs associated with holding seminars will be covered by the receiving side. 
- The counterpart Japanese team leaders are to submit their applications to JSPS. Applications submitted by one side only will not be accepted. Indian/Japanese team leaders should, therefore, be sure that their counterpart submits a matching application. 

Research Activity Max # to be selected (Numbers)  Duration Funding from ICSSR  Subject Areas
Joint 
Research 
Projects 
3

Up to 2years 

Starting date on 1 April 2017

Up to ₹ 7,00,000 per fiscal year 

(Up to total ₹ 14, 00,000 for each project for a duration of two years)

Humanities and Social Sciences 
Joint 
Seminars 
2 Up to 1 week 
Seminars held during period between 1 April 2017and 31 March 2018 
Up to ₹ 7,00,000 for each seminar 
For two joint seminars (one in India and one in Japan) 
ICSSR’s contact information: 
International Collaboration 
Indian Council of Social Science Research: ICSSR 
(Tel) +91 (0)11 2674 2832 
Email IDs: adinchargeics@gmail.com; madhukar806@gmail.com 

 

 

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