Call for South Africa/Egypt Joint Science and Technology Research Proposals, 2015

Applications are invited for research proposals available for Egyptian and South African researchers. An application must designate two principal investigators, one in South Africa and the other in Egypt, both in possession of a PhD degree. In South Africa successful projects will be funded up to a maximum amount of R300 000 over two years (R150 000 per project per year). In Egypt successful projects will be funded up to a maximum amount of 200 000 EGP (100 000 EGP per year).. The Republic of South Africa and the Arab Republic of Egypt signed an Agreement for cooperation in science and technology on 26 August 1997. The two countries agreed to jointly support researchers from public universities and public research institutes on an equal and mutually beneficial basis in an effort to enhance scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries..  This call is open for undertaking research program.
The research areas of this scholarship are: For the purpose of this call, research projects falling within the following thematic areas will be considered: Nanotechnology, Remote sensing and space science, ICT, Biotechnology (food production, agriculture and health), Laser technology and Energy.
Who can apply to this scholarship?
· An application must designate two principal investigators, one in South Africa and the other in Egypt, both in possession of a PhD degree, who will bear the main responsibility for the project, including its technical and administrative coordination as well as scientific and financial reporting. The onus is on the applicant to find their own research partner.
· South Africa: This call is open to all employed researchers residing in South Africa and affiliated with a recognised higher education or research institution such as a university, university of technology or science council.
· Egypt: The Principal Investigator (PI) and other investigators in Egypt should be scientists/ faculty members working in regular capacity in recognized public universities, academic institutes and National Research and Development Centres/Laboratories/ Institutes. For both countries commercial institutions and private education and/or research institutions are not eligible to apply under this programme.
Benefits of the scholarship: In South Africa successful projects will be funded up to a maximum amount of R300 000 over two years (R150 000 per project per year). In Egypt successful projects will be funded up to a maximum amount of 200 000 EGP (100 000 EGP per year). Researchers should therefore note that two separate budgets would be required from each side. During the present call, funding will only be made available for the following activities: – Travel including entry visas – Accommodation – Subsistence – Joint conferences/workshops (costs to be covered by the country hosting the event) – Publication costs 2 – A maximum of 15% of the total budget can be used for the purchase of small equipment and consumables.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration: Successful projects will be funded for a period of two years.
Number of scholarships: Not Known

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