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1st Singapore-Australia Bilateral Programme on "Innovations in Food for Precision Health" Call for Proposals 2019

Call Opens: 4 October 2019
Submission Deadline: 4 November 2019

1. SUMMARY OF INITIATIVE

1.1. The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore, and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia, jointly announce the 1st Singapore-Australia Bilateral Programme on “Innovations in Food for Precision Health” call for proposals.

1.2. The “Innovations in Food for Precision Health” call for proposals aims to bring together key research organisations in Australia and Singapore to target science and innovation activities that will empower consumers to make healthier and more effective food, diet and lifestyle choices for longer healthy lifespan through evidence-based science and strategic public health messaging. The Singapore Principal Investigator (PI) must be a public sector research performer. The Australian PI must be an employee of a publicly funded institute and the project team should include a researcher from CSIRO.  
Project proposals that include at least one industry partner (self-funded) will be preferred at the proposal evaluation stage. This cooperation framework provides an avenue for internationalisation that could incentivise Singaporean and Australian research institutes and companies to develop and strengthen capabilities in both countries to achieve triple bottom line impacts:
1.2.1.      Environment: Sustainability of food supply.
1.2.2.      Health: Reducing impact of chronic diseases, ageing and health safety threats; providing tools and data for policy makers to make informed decisions.
1.2.3.      Economic: Opportunity for food and adjacent industries.

1.3. For the 1st Singapore-Australia Bilateral Programme on “Innovations in Food for Precision Health” call for proposals, A*STAR and CSIRO would like to invite researchers based in Singapore and Australia to submit proposals for joint research projects within the theme of food and precision health with the following focus areas:
1.3.1.       Support innovations in foods designed for positive health outcomes;
1.3.2        Deepen understanding of consumer readiness and acceptance towards such foods; and
1.3.3        Demonstrate how data science is used to inform strategies to improve the health and safety outcomes of innovative foods.

Applicants should submit proposal concepts that will lead to translational outcomes by enabling future innovations in industry for Australia and Singapore.

1.4. Applicants are required to submit the grant proposal to both A*STAR and CSIRO by 4 November 2019, 1200hrs local time. The Singapore-based public sector research performer will submit a joint proposal on behalf of all research team members (including Australian partners) via the iGrants website: https://app.a-star.edu.sg/igrants/.

1.5. All joint proposals will be assessed and evaluated by independent reviewers appointed by A*STAR and CSIRO. At least five projects will be jointly funded through this grant call. Projects can be up to 12 months in duration.
1.5.1       For the Singapore component, a funding sum of up to SGD 200,000 per project (inclusive of 20% indirect research costs) will be granted to Singapore-based public sector research performers. Singapore-based industry collaborators are encouraged to participate but will not be eligible for funding.
1.5.2       CSIRO shall distribute a funding sum of up to AUD 200,000 per project on behalf of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) to the Australia-based publicly funded institute. Australian-based industry collaborators are encouraged to participate but will not be eligible for funding.

2. ELIGIBILITY AND EVALUATION CRITERIA

Eligibility

2.1. This Call for Proposals is a joint submission that must involve at least one Singapore PI who must be a public sector research performer and one Australian PI who must be an employee of a publicly funded institute. The project team should also include a researcher from CSIRO.
2.1.1.      Eligible Singapore-based public sector research performers include the Institutes of Higher Learning (including universities and polytechnics), A*STAR Research Institutes, and non-defence related public sector agencies (e.g., Ministries, Statutory Boards). For applications to A*STAR, proposals must be submitted with the appropriate endorsement by the respective Host Institution (by the Chief Executive Director, Executive Director, the Director of Research or equivalent) to ensure that organisational support is clearly associated with the proposed research plan.
2.1.2.      Eligible Australian-based publicly funded institutes are researchers who are an employee of an Australian University, Publicly funded research agency (e.g. CSIRO, ANSTO, etc).  Medical Research Institute, State or Federal Government department, where the person is employed in a research capacity (e.g. Department of Primary Industries).

2.1.3.      Project proposals that include at least one industry partner will be preferred at the proposal evaluation stage. The company must have been in operation for one year or more in Singapore/Australia since its establishment (based on Business Registration Certificate or Australian Business Number) with business interests in either country. The industry partner will not be eligible for funding but is expected to contribute to the project in cash or in kind.
2.1.4       Proposals with a focus on foods, food ingredients and beverages are eligible for award.

Proposal Requirements

2.2. All proposals must meet all of the following eligibility criteria to be qualified for evaluation:
2.2.1.      At least one Singapore-based public sector research performer and one Australia-based employee of an Australian publicly funded research institute must form a consortium. The project team should also include a researcher from CSIRO.
2.2.2.      The participation of further research organisations and further commercial companies from either country according to each country’s funding regulations is welcome.
2.2.3.      Research organisations and commercial companies must comply with the regulations of their respective country.
2.2.4.      The project partners shall identify a corresponding PI from each country.
2.2.5.      The project duration cannot be more than 12 months.
2.2.6.      The project should demonstrate the contribution of the participants from both countries on an equal basis, and the project must be equally significant to all participants.
2.2.7.      The consortium partners from Australia are required to sign a contract with CSIRO prior to disbursement of funds (please write to ASEAN@CSIRO.au for details).

2.3. Only complete proposals are accepted for review, evaluation and assessment for award.  Proposals must attempt to fully disclose the research ideas and approaches. It is important that proposals are well crafted and provide substantial description of the research plan for a fair review of the scientific and/or technical plans and approaches. Proprietary or confidential information must be clearly indicated in the proposal. Proposals must not be duplicative or substantially similar to any previous project or proposal submission, and public sector research performers should not be represented in more than one proposal.

2.4. The proposal shall contain the following:
2.4.1.      The overall detailed joint project description,
2.4.2.      Details on the involvement and contribution of the performers,
2.4.3.      Details on the interaction among performers of both countries,
2.4.4.      Details on the funding required.

2.5. The necessary documents related to the call are available at the following site: https://app.a-star.edu.sg/igrants/.

Terms and Conditions

2.6. The national regulations and grants terms and conditions of each funding country and organisation (A*STAR and CSIRO) shall be complied with.

Evaluation Criteria

2.7. Each project shall demonstrate inter alia:
2.7.1       Excellence (Science and Team synergy) – 40%
2.7.2       Path to Impact (Benefit and Outcomes) – 30%
2.7.3       Alignment (Fits with bilateral programme intent) – 30%

2.8. Projects should preferably leverage on one or more of the following means:
2.8.1.      Provide access to unique and/or specialised characteristics of overseas partner country (i.e. specific scientific knowledge or technique), availability of key researchers, common interest in seeking a breakthrough in a specific field, etc.;
2.8.2.      Tap on specialised capabilities of overseas partner agencies, and through this, create strategic linkages to tap on specialised capabilities in the future; and
2.8.3.      Provide opportunities to learn/share/benchmark research with the international public sector research performer.

Other factors will include the level of synergy of the proposed research to the collective set of activities, the abilities of the researchers, and appropriateness of the requested budget. Proposals with downstream applications of national defence or security and research that poses a threat to public health will not be supported.

3. FUNDING

3.1. Australia Funding
3.1.1.      The Australian budget administered by CSIRO is open to eligible Australian-based publicly funded institutes and researchers who are employees of an Australian University, Publicly funded research agency (e.g. CSIRO, ANSTO, etc.), Medical Research Institute, State or Federal Government department, where the person is employed in a research capacity (e.g. Department of Primary Industries).

3.2. Singapore Funding
3.2.1.    The Singapore budget administered by A*STAR is open to all public sector research performers in Singapore as defined in Para 2.1.1.
3.2.2.    Since A*STAR can only fund public sector research performers, Singapore-based industry collaborators who elect to participate will be required to self-fund.

4. PROPOSAL SELECTION AND AWARD PROCESS

4.1. All joint proposals will be assessed and evaluated by an independent panel appointed by the respective implementing agencies from Singapore and Australia. This panel will review and recommend complete proposals for the award. Project proposals with clear strategies for implementing research findings to industry or society would be preferred.

4.2. The implementing agencies (A*STAR and CSIRO) may seek additional information to justify, elaborate or clarify aspects of the research approach described in the proposal during the review process.

4.3. Notification of awarded projects will be sent to:
4.3.1.      Singapore – Respective employing organisations and copied to other research partners
4.3.2.      Australia – Business unit/sponsoring institute

5. PROJECT REVIEW, MONITORING AND EVALUATION

5.1. Each awarded project will be evaluated and assessed for progress to ensure that proposed milestones and deliverables can be achieved. Successful grant applicants will be required to submit a mid-term progress report and a final report upon project completion to the joint steering committee comprising scientific experts appointed by A*STAR and CSIRO. Presentations will be part of the final review of a project.

6. DEADLINES

6.1. This Call for Proposal opens on 4 October 2019.

6.2. Deadline for submission is 4 November 2019, 1200 hrs local time.

6.3. Indicative timeline of grant call activities are as follows:

Indicative Timeline

Launch of call

4 October 2019

Deadline for submission

4 November 2019

Communication of the results

20 December 2019

Start of projects

1 January 2020

For Singapore-based applicants, please direct further queries to:

Dr Joanita Jasmen
E-mail: Joanita_Jasmen@hq.a-star.edu.sg

Ms Hong Xinlei
Email: hong_xinlei@hq.a-star.edu.sg

For Australia-based applicants, please direct further queries to: ASEAN@CSIRO.au

 

 

Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

1 Fusionopolis Way, #20-10 Connexis North Tower, Singapore 138632

 

contact@a-star.edu.sg

 

(65) 6826 6111


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