The scientific cooperation of Latvia, Lithuania and Taiwan

Updated: 2018 02 28

JOINT RESEARCH PROJECT PROPOSAL APPLICATION FORM

This Proposal Application Form is to be used by researchers who normally funded by Taiwan's MOST and those from Latvia and Lithuania to prepare Joint Research Project proposals. These proposals will be considered for funding under the trilateral joint-funds for scientific cooperation. The proponents are asked to complete the following Application Form DOC in their proposal.


SUBMISSION

The proposals must be submitted to respective National Contact point. Only proposals received by three sides will be reviewed.

EXTERNAL PEER REVIEW


Reviewers will be asked to evaluate a Joint Research Project proposal in terms of three criteria: (1) Quality of research, (2) Potential for Collaboration, and (3) Potential Benefits. They will be asked to (1) rank the proposal against others that they have review recently, and (2) provide detailed comments to support their ranking according to the three broad criteria.

1. Evaluation Criteria and Procedures

The Participants are encouraged to submit proposals involving interdisciplinary collaboration, for basic and strategic research as well as for projects with clear potential for technological development in collaboration with industry. Partnership with industry are particularly welcome. The proposals will be judged on the following points under the three broad criteria:

(1) Quality of Research

  • quality, clarity, significance and originality of proposed research
  • track record of the principal investigators and relative to other key players in similar scientific or technological domains
  • feasibility of proposal

(2) Potential for Collaboration

  • interdisciplinary mix
  • synergism and added value
  • potential for expanded collaboration, especially with industry
  • leverage of external funding
  • sustainability (continuance after funding ceases)

(3) Potential Benefits

  • scientific technological advances and breakthroughs
  • capacity building (institute/institution strengthening and building of core capability)
  • if appropriate, market demand for technology proposed
  • technical applications (short and long term) and commercialization outcomes
  • job creation and economic growth
  • health, environment, quality of life
  • human resource and training opportunities

2. Peer Review Process

The peer review is done by each side. The management of the peer review process will include the following:

  1. contacting and recruiting a minimum of two national or international peer reviewers;
  2. sending proposals and instructions to reviewers;
  3. requesting additional material from the researchers if requested
  4. The final decision will be made by the annual committee meeting of the joint fund for the scientific cooperation.

JOINT SYMPOSIUMS

Joint symposiums should serve the exchange of information about the latest state of research in special areas and should encourage the discussion about joint research activities. All disciplines can be included. The joint funds will cover travel costs, living and accommodation costs as well as administration costs of the organization of the symposium. Participants from industry conducting research are also welcome to join the symposiums. Participation costs, however, are to be covered by themselves.

The proponents are asked to address the following items in their proposals:

  1. General accompanying letter
  2. Description of the topics of the symposium
  3. List of the participants and their institutes and their respective subject going to be reported at the symposium
  4. Meeting place and time
  5. The organization committee, contact persons, addresses, telephone numbers, etc.
  6. Statement of the expected costs
  7. The proposal should be jointly submitted by all three sides and be signed by the coordinator of each country

For number of the participants and other technical questions please contact the MOST Bonn office.

SUBMISSION

The proposals must be submitted to respective National Contact point. Only proposals received by three sides will be reviewed.

LECTURES OF AREA STUDIES - INSTRUCTIONS FOR A PROPOSAL

  1. The joint funds serves to set up lectures of Area Studies (e.g. Baltic Area Studies, Taiwan Area Studies, East Asia Area Studies) at research institutions or universities of all three countries. The subject matters of these lectures could be history, language, geography, sociology and political or economical life. The proponent can set up the priorities of the lecture concerning to the needs of his institution.
  2. The research institutes/universities in Lithuania and Latvia are encouraged to make a joint proposal so that the invited scientist or expert from Taiwan could visit both countries giving lectures during his stay in the Baltic area.
  3. The host institute has to offer free accommodation and to make office available for the scientists invited. The joint funds will cover the international travel costs as well as the living expenses (1500 US$ per month per person).
  4. The proposal should contain the name of the host institute, the crucial points of the lecture and the name of the scientist/s (up to 4 scientists per year per person + travel costs). It should also represent a draft of the curriculum.

The proposal should contain the following points:

  • The title of the lecture
  • The name of the host institute/university, its facilities/equipment (e.g. office for the scientist, accommodation, seminar rooms, prospective participants of the seminar and lecture)
  • Number of the scientists who are invited, names of the scientists, duration of their stays, preceded correspondence between the institute and the invited scientist, etc.
  • Complete lecture curriculum (time, topics, schedule)
  • Description of the correlation between the proposed lectures and the existing courses at the institute
  • The expected effect or success of the lecture
  • The required financial support for the lectures (up to 1500 US$ x months x person + travel costs)

SUBMISSION

The proposals must be submitted to respective National Contact point. Only proposals received by three sides will be reviewed.
 

TIME SCHEDULE

Date Action Items
March 1, 2019 Call for proposals
May 31, 2019 End of Application Process
End of June 2019 Exchange of information on the results of the project eligibility
Until 18th of September 2019 Exchange of information on the scientific evaluation results
November 2019 Committee meeting in Latvia
December 2019 Announce the Awards
January 2020 Execution