NZ-KOREA JOINT RESEARCH PROJECTS
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS
4.00pm ON WEDNESDAY 12TH OCTOBER 2011
The Minister of Science and Innovation has provided funding via the International Relationships Fund (IRF) for
collaborative activities which commence on 1 November 2011 and conclude by 30 Ocotber 2014.
Within the framework of the Korean-New Zealand Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement, the New
Zealand Ministry of Science and Innovation (MSI) and the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
(MEST) are supporting Joint Research Projects, to foster scientific collaboration between scientists working in
specified fields. The Royal Society of New Zealand will administer and manage these projects, on behalf of MSI.
Topics for this round of Joint Research Projects are:
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
These topics stem from the Second Focal Point Programme (FPP2), supported by New Zealand and Korea. In brief,
key aims of FPP2 were to identify opportunities for engagement, facilitate the exchange of scientists and ideas
between the two countries, learn about the capabilities of both countries, and set the scene for potential joint
research projects. After three years of relationship development, the NZ and Korean governments now wish to
provide the opportunity for scientists to work together on research projects in these areas. Funding provided by
this Call is intended to enhance the capacity of the applicants to collaborate. Funding will therefore be provided
mainly in support of the collaboration vectors.
Joint Research Projects will take place over three years (2011-2014). Projects will be selected for funding in
accordance with scientific excellence and outstanding cooperation between the scientists of the two countries.
Funding available is provided by both MSI (via the Royal Society of New Zealand) and MEST, with a combined total
available of USD$100.0k per project per year, for each of three years.
Proposals must involve a Principal Investigator (PI) from each country. It is the leading PI that submits the
proposal. Proposals are not submitted in both countries. All proposals will be considered by both countries
during the evaluation process.
Project funding can be used for:
(1) Stipend or salary for a PhD student, stipend or salary for a post-doctoral fellow, salary for a technician and a
laboratory worker (i.e. a temporary position up to 3 years);
(3) Small equipment (up to a total of $5.0k);
(4) Travel and visiting costs;
(5) Joint seminars and workshops
Proposals will be reviewed in accordance with the following criteria:
1. Alignment with the topics identified in the Call;
2. Capability of Principal Investigators (one for each country per research project). The Principal Investigator
should have the experience, appropriate expertise, and ability to manage the collaboration and reach the
project goals during the three-year project period.
3. Significance of the problem being addressed, and the potential impact of the proposed approach on solving
it. (Proposals should address these issues explicitly and provide as much evidence as possible.)
4. Scientific merit, with emphasis upon the originality and novelty of the proposed research;
5. Clarity and quality of the research proposal itself – presentation of the topic, definition of research
objectives, presentation of research methodology and detailed program of work;
6. Feasibility of the research project;
7. Practical applicability of expected research findings;
8. On-going research activity: The proposed collaboration should build on, reinforce and add significant value to
on-going research activities in each research group.
9. Extent of genuine collaboration between the Korean and New Zealand research teams.
10. Mentoring of researchers able to play a central role in future research exchanges with the counterpart
Upon approval of a particular project, separate contracts will be signed in Korea and New Zealand respectively,
between MEST and the institution of Korean Principal Investigator and between the Royal Society of New Zealand
and the institution of New Zealand Principal Investigator. The contracts in New Zealand will include provisions
regarding intellectual property rights, as agreed upon by the Korean and New Zealand research teams and their
New Zealand contracts will be created for the full three year term of the Projects. For Korean contracts, an
application for the continuation of research funding for the each year must be submitted to MEST as required.
Continuation of New Zealand contract funding will be dependent on MEST’s continued approval of the Korean
Proposals close with the Royal Society of NZ at 4.00pm on Wednesday 12 October 2011 (late proposals will not be
One hardcopy of the proposal and one electronic copy of the proposal are to be submitted by the closing date.
Joint Research Projects will start on 1 November 2011 and end at 30 October 2014.
Intellectual Property Rights
Details of Intellectual Property Rights that have been agreed to by both parties are to be included in the
A comprehensive report is to be provided to the Royal Society of NZ at the end of each six monthly period.
The guidelines and application forms are available for downloading at
Further information on this opportunity can be obtained from the following:
Technical content – Johanna Pierre, Ministry of Science & Innovation (firstname.lastname@example.org) or DDI
(04) 917 2931
Application process – Eddie Davis, Royal Society of NZ (email@example.com) or DDI (04) 470
In this first instance of proposals with Korea we have agreed (MSI & Royal Society) that it would be best if
the researchers in Korea PI’s jointly submit their proposals to their Ministry of Education, Science and
Technology and that the New Zealand PI’s jointly submit their proposals to the RSNZ. Each proposal
must advise which country PI is the lead.
Hope this is clear, Eddie
E R (Eddie) Davis
Contract Manager (International)
The Royal Society of New Zealand
DDI: +64 4 470 5769
4 Halswell Street, Thorndon, PO Box 598, Wellington 6140, New Zealand