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New Indo-German Funding Initiative in Medical Research
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Having concluded a joint Memorandum of Understanding in December 2021, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) wish to announce the beginning of a joint funding initiative for the benefit of Indo-German collaboration in medical research.
In their first joint call under the new funding initiative, the two agencies invite proposals for joint Indo-German academic research projects in the field of toxicology (e.g. experimental and molecular, environmental, food and chemical, occupational, regulatory, or systemic toxicology, as well as new approach methods). For suggestions regarding possible project topics, please see the Annex under the link given below under "Further Information".
The agencies are particularly interested in proposals submitted by teams of principal investigators with some initial cooperation experience. Projects with potential medical relevance may be prioritised.
Specification of projects
Projects within this funding initiative have a duration of three years. Proposals can include fund requests for personnel, consumables, instruments, joint workshops, travel and other items (for details, see below). ICMR and DFG expect that proposals submitted under this funding initiative describe ambitious projects which do not just benefit from, but essentially require international collaboration to achieve the defined objectives. While all researchers can apply, the call particularly addresses Indo-German teams who already have a track record of joint research.
On the German side, the regulations governing the funding opportunity, follow the funding line "Sachbeihilfe"/"Research Grants" (see the DFG guidelines 50.01). This includes the duty to cooperate ("Kooperationspflicht") within Germany for members of non-university institutions with permanent positions. For more information see the corresponding guidelines for the Research Grants Programme (DFG form 50.01).
On the Indian side, refer to the information given on the ICMR Electronics Project Management System (e-PMS) (see link below).
Shortlisted proposals on the Indian side will be required to obtain Health Ministry's Screening Committee (HMSC) approval as a prerequisite before the grant can be released.
Further information: