CALL DOCUMENT AND GUIDANCE FOR APPLICANTS
The Imperial-IISc Innovative Research and Education Fund aims to help kick-start early-stage, risky and ‘blue skies’ research ideas and education collaboration that might not otherwise be pursued. The Fund promotes and supports early-stage collaboration among academics, researchers and students at IISc and Imperial by facilitating exchange between participating research groups through provision of grants to cover travel, workshops, meetings, hackathons, networks and other activities to explore research and education directions.
2. Imperial-IISc Innovative Research and Education Fund
To support collaborative endeavours, Imperial and IISc have agreed to provide seed funding to build research and education collaboration between both universities.
A total sum of £30-40K from Imperial and INR 30-40 Lakhs from IISc will be awarded to successful Imperial and IISc teams, to develop and reinforce lasting contacts with the very best researchers and educators in their field.
Funds can be requested to support one or more of the following activities:
The goal is for these collaborations to support both Imperial and IISc academics to initiate and pursue collaborations that ideally lead to new science and to future applications for external funding or new innovations in education.
3. Funding and Project Duration
This call has an indicative budget of £30-40K and INR 40 Lakhs to be awarded to 5 to 6 successful Imperial and IISc collaborating teams respectively.
Budget requests should not exceed £5K from Imperial and INR 5.0 Lakhs from IISc per project. Funds can only be spent on activities that fit the purpose of this call. Applicants should itemise their budget using the tables in the application form.
The maximum project duration is 1 year, with all expenditure completed by 31 July 2023.
Please refer to the list of fundable/ non-fundable items below:
|Student support costs (e.g student bursaries)||Y||Y|
|Limited Research Consumables||Y||N|
|Networking events such as e-workshops and e-seminars||Y||Y|
|Project related equipment (for education collaboration only)||Y||N|
|Indirect and estate costs||N||N|
4. How to Apply
At IISc, the fund is open to all faculty members.
At Imperial, the fund is open to permanent members of staff only.
Proposals must be submitted to both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org; with cc: email@example.com. Only applications submitted to these two email addresses, and before the deadline, will be considered.
One proposal per Principal Applicant per call is permitted.
Each application should have one Principal Applicant based at Imperial and one Principal Applicant based at IISc and should contain:
Researchers from other institutions may also participate as a Co-Investigators and at their own expense.
Applications must be completed on the template provided and within the page limit stated.
5. Application Deadline and Project Milestones
6. Review and Selection of Applications
At Imperial, all eligible applications will be considered for funding by the Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise) with assistance of the Cross-College Research Proposals Review Group and the International Relations Office. The Group will rank the proposals based on excellence of research/education collaboration, fit to call, value for money, potential strategic value of the partnership and the impact the award would bring to the applicant, based on their career stage and any existing networks or support.
At IISc, all the applications will be reviewed by an internal committee of the Office of International Relations, who will rank the proposals based on the overall design and rationale, interdisciplinary and complementary nature, impact and capacity for future collaboration.
IISc and Imperial will then jointly review applications to make a final decision on which applications will receive funding.
7. Accessing Funds
At Imperial, Faculty Finance Officers will be informed of decisions and will arrange the set-up of an award account code, where all project related expenditure should be charged.
At IISc, Dean of the Finance and Administration will be informed of decisions and to arrange the allotment of funds to awardees.
Principal Applicants who are successful in receiving an award are required to provide a report within 2 weeks of the end of the award period, to both firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com; cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, using a template provided. The narrative element of the report should provide details of the relevant activities supported and how these have addressed the objectives of the call. The financial element of the report serves as a Final Expenditure Statement and should detail the award amount and the award spent. Responsibility remains with the PI to ensure all spend has been charged to the correct award code.
Imperial is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring, promotion and research funding decisions we will evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the impact factor of the journal where it is published. More information is available at https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/.
Please contact your respective institution’s coordinator if you have any queries about this grant:
| Imperial College London |
International Relations Office
Imperial College London
Faculty Building Level 2
London, SW7 2AZ
+44 (0)20 7594 2868
|Indian Institute of Science |
email@example.com; cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of international Relations
Indian Institute of Science
CV Raman Avenue
+91 80 2293 2560 or +91 80 2360 2567
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