On December 16 RSF Director General Alexander Khlunov and Director-General for Technological Affairs, Minister's Secretariat of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF) Masamichi Saigo signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) providing legal base for the joint calls for Russian-Japanese research proposals in the field of agricultural sciences.
The Russian Science Foundation launched the new call for proposals jointly with Helmholtz Association (die Hermann von Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren e.V.) to support international research teams.
The research proposals should seek support in the basic and exploratory research in the following areas of knowledge:
The workshop was chaired by the RSF Director for programs and projects Andrey Blinov and by the Director of the International Bureau DFG Jörn Achterberg, and participants included the specialized staff of both organizations.
Russian Science Foundation starts accepting research proposals for the international research teams funding. This call for proposals is launched jointly with the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) in all areas of knowledge presented in the RSF classifier.
The best proposals in basic and applied research will get funding. The peer-review of proposals submitted will be carried out by both the RSF and the FWF independenly. Only those research groups that are considered eligible by the results of the peer-review from both countries will be funded.
The first RSF-DFG call provided funding for joint projects in mathematics and physics. For the second joint call RSF and DFG invite proposals in biology and the life sciences, medicine, agriculture, humanities and social sciences.
The review of the proposals will be carried out by both Russian and German peers independently.Only those research teams recommended for funding by the expert communities from both countries will be awarded.
Until recently one of the animal kingdom's most deadly diseases, the African swine fever (ASF), was unstoppable. The only way to slow down spread of the virus was to cull and burn infected animals. Thanks to efforts by virologists from Russia and the U.S., there is a chance to entirely defeat the devastating virus.