Announcement on call for Applied Research proposal in 2019 according to Circular no. 15/2016/TT-BKHN dated on 30 June 2016 by the Ministry of Science and Technology (updated on 9 September 2019)

National Foundation for Science and Technology Development would like to announce the call for Applied Research proposal in 2019 according to Circular no. 15/2016/TT-BKHCN dated on 30 June 2016 by the Ministry of Science and Technology. Submission time is from 10 September 2019 till 17:00 10 October 2019 (Thursday)

1. Funding objectives:

– To develop and extend the basic research results that are suitable for Vietnam’s needs and specialty in science and technology.

– To create new technology with potential to be deployed and refined for life and production.

2. Funding targets:

Organizations and individuals working in science and technology in Vietnam who apply for NAFOSTED’s funding to conduct applied research projects and other relevant organizations and individuals.

3. Requirements:

3.1. Research orientation

Suitable with the research orientations stated in Item III Article 1 Decision no. 418/QD-TTg dated on 11 April 2012 by the Prime Minister on the approval for science and technology development strategy in 2011-2020 period, in particular:

– Social sciences and humanities

– Natural sciences

– Prioritized technological orientations

Details about orientations for each of the above fields could be found in the Decision no. 418/QD-TTg dated on 11 April 2012 by the Prime Minister.

3.2. Requirements for organization and individual applying for projects

3.2.1 For host institution:

Having legal status and operational capability relevant to the project’s research area, as well as sufficient facilities and technology for conducting the project.

3.2.2. For the principal investigator:

a) Possess relevant research expertise to the project being proposed;

b) Possess research abilities and skills that match the requirements of the project being proposed, including: holding at least a bachelor degree and having relevant research results to the research field of the project being proposed, and meet one of the followings:

– Having research result published on prestigious international journals or holding patent for invention or plant variety which has been granted a protection certificate within the last 05 (five) years from the date of submission;

– Having research result published (on prestigious international or national journal, patent, utility solution, plant variety) and applied within the last 10 (ten) years from the date of submission;

c) Having sufficient time to complete research work of the project.

3.2.3. Members of research group must have professions and skills suitable and relevant to research work of the project, including:

a) Key members, scientific secretary: holding at least Bachelor degree; having relevant research results to the project’s research area which was published on prestigious international or national journals, or having patent, utility solution, plant variety that has been granted protection certificate within the last 05 (five) years from the submission deadline;

b) Other members: holding at least Bachelor degree and having relevant research results to the project’s research area which was published on international or national journals, or having patent, utility solution, plant variety;

c) Technicians, other supporting staffs.

3.2.4 At the same time, each individual can be principal investigator of no more than 01 (one) project funded by NAFOSTED.

3.3. Project conduction time

No more than 36 months.

3.4. Project result

3.4.1. Project in natural sciences and engineering must fulfill one of the followings:

a) 02 (two) patents or 02 (two) plant variety protection certificate or 01 (one) patent and 01 (one) plant variety protection certificate

b) 01 (one) 01 (one) patent or 01 (one) plant variety protection certificate; and 01 (one) article published on prestigious international journal or 01 (one) utility solution protection certificate.

3.4.2. Project in social sciences and humanities must fulfill one of the followings:

a) 02 (two) articles published on prestigious international journals;

b) 01 (one) article published on prestigious international journal and 01 (one) article published on prestigious national journal;

3.4.3. Principal investigator must be the author of at least 01 (one) article published on prestigious international journal or 01 (one) patent, utility solution or 01 (one) plant variety protection certificate which resulted from the funded project.

4. Project application

Project should be applied following the below steps:

Step 1: Prepare research proposal and cost proforma using NCUD02 form (NCUD02 Form);

Step 2: Login into NAFOSTED’s online management system (OMS) and follow the Guidance for submitting applied research proposal online.

Step 3: After printing a hard copy of the completed application from the OMS, sign in blue ink and get approval seal in red ink, including:

a) Registration form approved by the host institution or supporting institution;

b) Research proposal approved by leaders of host institution or supporting institution;

c) Scientific CV of the principal investigator and all research members with approval of leaders of working organization or supporting organization (unless the member is already working in the host institution);

Other documents (if any), and 02 application checklist (NCUD-PK Form) to confirm the application submission to NAFOSTED.

Step 4: Submit all the above documents (listed in step 3) to NAFOSTED before the submission deadline as mentioned in the Article 5 below.

Download application forms here.

5. Application submission:

Submission time: from 10 September 2019 to 17:00 of 10 October 2019 (Thursday).

For application submitted by post: must be sent before the submission deadline according to the postal stamp of sending location.

Submission address:

Administrative Office (R. 405) – National Foundation for Science and Technology Development,

No. 39, Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.

Tel: (024) 3936 7750; Fax: (024) 3936 7751.

Email: nafosted@most.gov.vn; Website: https://nafosted.gov.vn/

6. Expected timeline:

– Proposal evaluation: from October 2019 to December 2019.

– Contract signing: First quarter of 2020

7. Relevant regulations:

7.1. Circular No. 15/TT-BKHCN dated on 30 June 2016 by the Ministry of Science and Technology governing the management of applied research projects funded by the National Foundation for Science and Technology.

7.2. Joint Circular No. 55/2015/TTLT-BTC-BKHCN dated on 22rd 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.

7.3. 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 of science and technology activities.

7.4. Decree No. 70/2018/ND-CP dated on 15 May 2018 by the Government governing the management and usage of properties resulted from the execution of science and technology projects using state budget.

7.5. Circular No. 40/2017/TT-BTC dated on 28 April 2017 by the Ministry of Finance guiding cost-norms for domestic travelling and conference organization.

7.6. Circular No. 102/2012/TT-BTC dated on 21 June 2012 by the Ministry of Finance stipulating the regime of work-trip allowances for state officials and employees travelling abroad on short working missions funded by the state budget.

7.7. Document No. 15203/BTC-HCSN dated on 26 October 2016 by the Ministry of Finance on additional guidance of some regulations on financial management for the National Foundation for Science and Technology Development.

7.8. Decision No. 418/QD-TTg dated on 11 April 2012 by the Prime Minister approving Development Strategy for science and technology in the 2011-2020 period.

7.9. Decision No. 156/QD-HDQL-NAFOSTED dated on 28 August 2015 by the Board of Trustees of the National Foundation for Science and Technology Development on the announcement of list of prestigious international and national journals in social sciences and humanities to be in effect from 2015.

7.10. Decision No.31/QD-HDQL-NAFOSTED dated on 30 March 2016 by the Board of Trustees of the National Foundation for Science and Technology Development approving the lists of prestigious ISI journals and prestigious international journals in Natural Sciences and Engineering

7.11. Decision No.73/QD-HDQL-NAFOSTED dated on 19 May 2016 by the Board of Trustees of the National Foundation for Science and Technology Development approving the list of prestigious national journals in Natural Sciences and Engineering.

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