26 June, 2023 13:34

New Collaboration with Iran

The Director General of the Russian Science Foundation Alexander Khlunov and the President of the Iran National Science Foundation Ali Mohammad Soltani signed a partnership agreement, which will provide framework to support excellent Russian-Iranian research projects on the regularly basis.

To facilitate the support of collaborative work between Russian and Iranian research groups, the Russian Science Foundation (RSF) and the Iran National Science Foundation (INSF) jointly announce their first call for proposals for bilateral Joint Research Projects for the funding period 2024-2026 in Life Sciences, Materials Science and Health Research.

Joint Research Projects should combine the complementary expertise of the project partners; the project parts should be closely integrated so that one part could not be carried out without the other and there should be substantial scientific input from both sides.

Project applications must be submitted in parallel to RSF (Russian team) and to INSF (Iranian team) in accordance with each agency’s application guidelines.

Project review will be carried out by the parties independently. Funding will be awarded for the proposals recommended for funding by the experts from both countries.

The size of one RSF grant is from 4 to 7 million roubles per project per year, these research projects are planned for the implementation during 2024-2026.

Proposals can be submitted until 11 September 2023 with results announced in December 2023.

Detailed information about the call and the requirements for the participants are presented in the "Funding".


The Iran National Science Foundation (INSF) is the largest basic research funder in Iran. INSF annually funds around 1000 research projects, and since 2016 has successfully run joint funding mechanisms with the National Natural Science Foundation of Chine (NSFC), German Research Foundation (DFG), Russian Foundation for Basic for Research (RFBR), and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).


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