Swiss Cooperation Office in India (SCOI), Embassy of Switzerland in India, under the Global Programme of Climate Change and Environment (GPCCE) supported by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in collaboration with the Depa-rtment of Science and Technology (DST), Governm-ent of India has initiated the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP)



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The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is seeking joint proposals from universities and research institutions in India and Switzerland to conduct research under the Indo-Swiss collaborative research in the field of glaciology and related areas in the Indian Himalayan Region. The goal of the research is to develop scientific evidence to inform and increase knowledge on impacts of and vulnerability to climate change of the Himalayan socio-ecological systems.

To achieve this objective, two research networks will be funded under the Indo-Swiss collaborative research, one on each of the two themes (Theme 1 and Theme 2).

Theme 1: Glaciology, hydrology and meteorology
Theme 2: Socio-ecological systems

Focussing on one theme each, as mentioned above, two research networks will be established, incorporating the following cross-cutting themes in their research plans:

• Future climate projections
• Physical and socio-economic vulnerability intersection
• Economic analysis to assess the cost of adaptation action or inaction

Each research network having a thematic focus will conduct research in the following two regions:

• Region 1: Western and Central Himalayas
• Region 2: Eastern Himalayas


Research Networks

Universities and research institutions from India and Switzerland interested to conduct research under the Indo-Swiss collaborative research need to come together to form a research network and submit joint proposal. Following are the key features required for the composition of the research networks:  Each research network should have one thematic focus (Theme 1 or Theme 2) covering both the regions (Region 1 & Region 2). Each research network should comprise of one lead Indian and one lead Swiss University/research institution. The lead organizations should nominate one of them as the coordinator for the collaborative research. At least two Indian Universities/research institutions, each from Western & Central and Eastern Himalayas should be part of each research network. At least two Swiss universities/research institutions should be part of each research network. At least one of the Indian/Swiss partner university/research institutions in each research network should have social science background.



The research network must have the experience of carrying out research projects comparable with the present proposal in terms of scope and complexity. All researchers working at universities/research institutions in India and Switzerland are eligible to apply. The research team must be employed at a university/research institution that does not conduct research for commercial purposes. Subcontracting to commercial service providers is permissible, provided they are not lead organizations. None of the universities/research institutions should submit more than one proposal as lead. However, the lead partner in a proposal may apply in other proposals as a network partner. NGOs based in India working on research areas relevant for the collaborative study can also be part of the networks but not as lead.


Funding and Duration

The overall funding for collaborative research is CHF 1.5 million (for Swiss partners) and INR 10 crore (for Indian partners). Each research network will have to submit a joint proposal and budget. Following the competitive process, funding support will be provided to two research projects which will start from April 2017 for duration of 3 years.


Submission and Selection Process

All queries related to submission process should be sent at cfp2016@ihcap.in by 24th October 2016. The responses to all the queries will be uploaded on IHCAP portal by 3rd November 2016. Joint proposals must be submitted online via IHCAP portal (http://ihcap.in/cfp2016) by 30th December 2016 (2400 hrs IST). The call documents and the relevant guidelines for the submission of proposals can be downloaded from the IHCAP website after registration. The joint proposals must be submitted in English.



The joint proposals will be jointly evaluated on the basis of criteria mentioned in the call for proposal document by the joint team from DST (including CSIR-IHBT) & SDC (including IHCAP) and the JWG.



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