A joint research project has to be submitted by an Indian Institution / University with participation of a Foreign University/Institute under SPARC for a two-year interaction programme.
The basic features of the proposal are as follows:
- The proposal will address a topic in any of the Thrust Areas of SPARC and address a challenging issue of theoretical, experimental and/or translational value.
- The project team should contain at least two international faculty members, two Indian Faculty members and two researchers pursuing PhD or post-doc level from each side. The Faculty members may be from one or two eligible institutions in each side. The students haveto be registered full-time students or post-docs in their respective institutions. From the foreign side, it is expected that the team will be from the same country. Each side will have a Lead Institution (LI) and a Principal and co-Principal Investigator.
- The proposal must state clear and measurable deliverables with timelines
- The Budget section should contain Component of MHRD funding (under SPARC), Indian Institution’s Funding, Foreign Institution’s Funding and the clear Deliverables.
Essential components of the proposal:
- Two visits by the Foreign Faculty to Indian Institutes totalling a combined 2 to 8 months over two years. A visit can be of duration of 15 days to 4 months. During a visit, in addition to carrying out the project related collaboration and research the Foreign Faculty will teach one course on the topic of the proposal for 12 to 36 hours depending on the period of stay.
- At the end of the program, a high quality research monograph co-authored by the Indian and Foreign research teams should be published. The publication cost can be included in the budget
- A set of tangible earmarked deliverables of the collaborative efforts on the proposed topic consisting of joint research outcomes including but not limited to one or more of the following:-
- Top journal publications
- Text books
- Research monographs
- Scaled pilots / demonstrations
- Course materials
Optional components of the proposal:
Support to Indian research students for long term visits of up to a year to the partner Institution of the foreign collaborator for carrying out experiments and getting trained in an advanced laboratory facility not easily available in India.
Holding at most two Workshops in India on the topic of the proposal to bring together a larger community of researchers for strengthening the collaborative research component. These may be part of premier international conferences held in India as workshops or special sessions.
Support of foreign students to spend time in the Indian Institutes as part-time visiting foreign students.