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New Zealand - Germany Science & Technology Programme

Catalyst: Seeding - New Zealand – Germany Science & Technology Programme

Specific Sub-Programme requirements:

Background

In February 2019 the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), together with the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment agreed the terms of a travel grant scheme to promote and support scientific and technological cooperation between New Zealand and German researchers in the public, non-government and private sectors in the field of climate change research. The New Zealand - Germany Science and Technology Programme is a Sub-Programme of Catalyst: Seeding.

Objective

The goal of the Programme is to promote and support scientific and technological cooperation between New Zealand and German researchers in the public, non-government and private sectors in the field of climate change research. 

International Partner

  • Germany, in conjunction with the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMEL) and German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Funding

Funding up to NZ$240,000 (GST exclusive) has been allocated to support the New Zealand – Germany Science and Technology Programme in the 2019 funding round. A minimum of three and maximum of four projects will be supported.

  • A maximum of up to NZ$80,000 (GST exclusive) in total is available per Proposal for projects lasting up to two years.

Allowable Expenses

Expenses allowed under this Programme include the following, in connection with the Project:

Expenses for Research Exchanges

Travel is expected to be an integral part of the Project. Expenses for flights at the lowest possible rate, accommodation, visa, travel insurance, ground transport, and meal expenses are permitted and should be based on the rules of the institution with which the individual undertaking the activity is affiliated. Research exchanges can involve both staff and PhDs.

Expenses for holding symposiums, seminars and meetings

Expenses related to organising symposiums, hosting workshops and similar events are permitted (for example, consumables, printing and binding expenses, honoraria, transportation and telecommunications fees, meeting fees (excluding expenses for alcoholic beverages)).

Expenses for research activities

Expenses for consumables and other research expenses.

Expenses not covered

Funding for overheads, salaries, equipment purchase and depreciation, student fees, scholarships, or conference fees are not supported under this Programme.

Fields of Research

Proposals received under this programme must fall under the topic of Climate Change, and address one of the two sub-topics below:

  • Theme 1: Climate change research with regard to the physical scientific basis of the climate system and climate change including paleo, carbon cycle, greenhouse gases and aerosols.
  • Theme 2: Climate change research with regard to impacts including a social-economic dimension and adaptation such as research into new materials or processes, new forms of water management, sustainable agriculture or cities.

Additional Eligibility Requirements

In addition to the general eligibility requirements of Catalyst: Seeding:

  • The New Zealand Principal Investigator (PI) and the German Collaboration Partner must both make applications to the respective application administrators in Germany and New Zealand. It is essential that collaborators have coordinated their applications accordingly in each country, and are fully aware of each other’s intentions. Contacts for the German coordinators can be found below.
  • Dr. Christine Hbirkou; email: Christine.Hbirkou@ble.de or telephone: +49 (0)228-6845-7121).
  • Dr Hans-Jörg Stähle; email: hans.staehle@dlr.de or telephone: +49 (0)228-3821-1403), or
  • Dr. Ludwig Kammesheidt; email: ludwig.kammesheidt@dlr.de or telephone: +49 (0)228-3821-1729

Please note that the German and New Zealand calls do not open and close on the same dates. It is recommended that collaborators begin working on their Proposal in anticipation of each other’s closing dates.

For applicants in Germany

The deadline for submission of applications in Germany is 17 June 2019.

For all applications relating to Agricultural (either Theme 1 or 2):

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMEL), contact:

For all applications non- Agricultural:

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) DLR is the implementing project management agency, contact:

Contract Timeframe

The earliest start date for projects funded under the New Zealand – Germany Science & Technology Programme is 01 November 2019.