CALL FOR PROPOSAL
ICT-ASIA

ASIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (AIT) - FRENCH MINISTRY OF FOREIGN
AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (MOFAID)



ICT-Asia is a French regional program aiming at strengthening high-level scientific cooperation with and among emerging and developed Asian countries, as well as to develop a research network for French and regional academic communities in the field of information and communication technology (ICT).

It supports, through an annual call for proposals, international research projects of public or private research units involving France and the member countries of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam), as well as East Timor, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.  Since 2004, the program has sponsored 52 research projects involving 305 scientists with research institutions and national research agencies in Asia partnering some of the projects implemented. 

In 2015, AIT is launching the present ICT-ASIA AIT Call within the framework of its scientific partnership with French MOFAID, co-funded by AIT and the French MOFAID. The objectives are to strengthen the role of AIT as a leading research institution in the region and to support the development of fundamental research in ICT.

The call is monitored under the authority of the Vice-President for Research of AIT, in partnership with the French Directorate for Research and Scientific Exchanges (MOFAID, Paris), the French Ministry for National Education Higher Education and Research (MENESR) and French research institutions.  The French STI Officer posted at UNESCO Regional Bureau for Sciences in Jakarta is in charge for the Secretariat.


Important Dates:

  •  Announcement: 30 June 2015
  •  Deadline for submitting applications: 27  September 2015
  •  Deadline for submitting applications (Extended): 15  October 2015
  •  Evaluation period: October 2015
  •  Selection:  November 2015
  •  Notification to project leaders:  November 2015
  •  Project Start Date : January 2016

The call is directed at projects in the field of fundamental research in ICT, but not limited to:

  • Big Data
  • Embedded Systems
  • Wireless Sensor Networks/Internet of Things
  • Future Internet
  • Image and Video Analysis
  • Intelligent Systems/Robotics
  • Ubiquitous Computing/Mobility

Candidate teams must involve one researcher, as the team leader, from AIT, one researcher affiliated to a French research unit and one researcher from an Asian research unit.  Additional partners are welcome and encouraged, with mandatory co-financing from their institutions.  The additional participation of young researchers and PhD students under the supervision of a senior researcher from their national institution is strongly encouraged. The researcher from AIT is appointed team leader. He is responsible for the implementation of the planned activities, the submission of interim and final activities reports, and budget supervision. The duration of the project is two years.


Budget:

The total indicative amount of financing for one project for each project is not more than THB 1.4 Million B/ 35,000 EUR for two years. 75% of the funding is allocated at the beginning of the project. The second payment (25%) is allocated at the beginning of the second year depending on the progress of the project.

The budget support is to be given only as a contribution to the  international components of the project, i.e. mobility of researchers, doctoral or post-doctoral students (travelling and living expenses, up to six month stays) or the organization of international workshops and seminars (mobility and logistics).

Contributions from other partners (funding, staffing or resources), whether Asian or French, as indicated in the application, are decisive criteria for the selection.  

The grant will be transferred to a research account and be managed by the team leader at AIT. It is the responsibility of the team leader at AIT to coordinate the allocation of plane tickets, mission expenses and activities budget to his/her partners accordingly to the provisional budget submitted with the application.


How to Apply?

On-line application can be made at http://ictasia.ait.asia/apply.php

The estimated budget should be based on average cost of assignment allowances and travelling expenses as well as expected income (sources and amounts) and expenditures for each year of the project.

Selection Criteria:
In addition to scientific excellence, projects will be awarded according to the following criteria:

  • Scientific excellence of the researchers involved and quality of the partnership, including its pioneering aspect;
  • Extent to which the action has a genuine transnational dimension implying mutual skills transfer;
  • Participation of post-doctoral students or young researchers, particularly from countries with a less developed capacity in R&D;
  • Innovative nature of the project;
  • Expected scientific, societal or industrial spin-off;
  • Effectiveness of co-financing from each partner research institution.

Eligible projects will be evaluated by the International Expertise Mission (MEI). The selection committee will then award projects based on the scientific evaluation, the extent to which they meet the objective and priorities of the call for proposal, and the availability of budgeted funds. Members of the selection committee are representatives from AIT, MOFAID, MENESR and co-financing partner institution.


Project Implementation:

Project leaders will receive notifications in December 2015.  Upon signing research collaboration agreements, including a financial agreement, by the AIT President, the representative of the French MOFAID and the representatives of the two partner research units (French and Asian), AIT will transfer the first payment (75%) to the project account of the team leader in January 2016.  The project leader should submit an interim report to the Secretariat at the end of the first year. The second payment (25%) is made upon validation of this report.

A final report is submitted at the end of the project, listing research results, including scientific results, co-publications, PhD and/or post-doctorate training, and pointing out problems encountered and prospects for further collaborations.


Contact Information:

ictasia@ait.asia

Secretariat:
Philomene Robin,
Program officer for STI - UNESCO
Regional Science Bureau for Asia
and the Pacific / French Embassy
in Jakarta,
p.robin@unesco.org