March 1, 2012

Letters Of Intent Due March 30 For Texas A&M-NSFC Collaborative Research Grant Program

Texas A&M University and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) have recently developed the Collaborative Research Grant Program to encourage research collaborations between faculty at Texas A&M and faculty in Chinese universities. The program will facilitate faculty-to-faculty collaboration and further research ties yielding preliminary results that will enable joint applications to various extramural funding programs.

“The Texas A&M University and NSFC Collaborative Research Grant Program will bring innovative researchers and resources together, facilitate long term global research relationships, and create globally important research initiatives in a wide variety of fields including astronomy, geosciences, agriculture, energy, and the environment,” says Dr. Jeffrey Seemann, vice president for research at Texas A&M.

Awards, which will offer up to $25,000 in support for the Texas A&M faculty member and up to 50,000 RMB for the Chinese collaborator, must involve a joint research project directed by two principal investigators—one from Texas A&M and one from a Chinese university. A unique feature of this program is that the collaborating PI in China must have a current NSFC grant. Holding an NSFC award will facilitate receipt of funding from NSFC in support of this joint research program. The program is open to all tenured or tenure-track faculty at Texas A&M.

Applications for this joint research program involve a two-step process—first, submission of a letter of intent and second, submission of a full proposal. Letters of Intent must be submitted via email to Monica Holder no later than noon on Friday, March 30. For full submission requirements, please visit here.

This program is open to all areas of research that are mutually supported by NSFC and Texas A&M. Research areas supported by NSFC are described in its annual program guide  and more generally at NSFC’s English website.

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