Protea has been incorporated to develop the relationship between the French and South African scientific communities through joint research. The major objective of the co-operative programme is to encourage exchange between researchers and to develop a synergy between the two scientific communities thereby developing a durable network.
The co-operative research projects funded under this agreement are developed and submitted in both countries by French and South African researchers, working as partner teams and headed by two team leaders, French and South African, who bear the main responsibility for the project including its technical and administrative coordination as well as scientific and financial reporting.
This call is open to Msc-holding (preferable PhD) researchers residing in the country and affiliated with a recognized higher education or research institution such as a university, university of technology or science council in South Africa. Each co-operative research project will run for a maximum duration of two years. Each project will aim to fulfill well-defined contractual objectives and will have to dispose of the necessary means to ensure that these objectives are effectively achieved.
Particular emphasis is to be placed on the training of students and young researchers achieved through research and the transfer of knowledge and know-how aimed at socio-economic community development. Industrial and institutional partners involved in the projects or in the communication of its results should be officially mentioned and recognized. The integration of young researchers and students, and the exchange of post-doctoral researchers are encouraged, as is the involvement of students and researchers from previously-disadvantaged communities.
Each project financed will undergo a final evaluation in order to examine its outputs and compare the results achieved with the objectives set out at the beginning of the project. Only applications endorsed by the research office or its equivalent at higher education or research institutions will be accepted.
The projects by the South African teams will be submitted to the National Research Foundation, while the projects by the French teams will be submitted to Ministry for Higher Education and Research and to the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs, through the online submission at the following address Protea on line submission of the French proposals. On the French side, the projects will be assessed by the Ministry for Higher Education and Research.
The deadline for submission of the projects will be 23 September 2012.
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