Africa & Middle East
"ICST Algeria" programme
The aim of the "ICST Algeria" programme is to promote high-level scientific research in the field of information and communication sciences and technologies (ICST), by means of partnerships between researchers from Algerian research teams and Inria project teams. Within this programme, there will be a specific focus on training through research as part of jointly supervised theses.
Eligibility of projects
Each proposed project must partner one (or more) Algerian teams with one (or more) French teams. These teams must conduct research in computer science, control engineering and applied mathematics, and at least one of them must be an Inria project team. No priority is set in terms of subjects. Special attention will nevertheless be paid to research activities leading to qualifications for the Algerian teams.
- Each proposed project must be jointly managed by two permanent researchers or research-lecturers, one belonging to Inria and the other to an Algerian institution.
- Any one pair of coordinators may only submit a single project proposal.
- Projects will last for 12 months, and may be renewed once following an assessment.
Every proposal must be submitted simultaneously in Algeria and France.
- Every proposal will clearly define the research objectives and the anticipated results.
- Projects that are not submitted jointly will not be examined. Proposals which are not compiled in accordance with the attached template form, or which arrive after the deadline, will not be considered.
- Publications based on work undertaken jointly as part of a selected project must contain (along with the author’s name) the statement: "Research conducted as part of an Inria-DGRSDT (Algerian Universities) project".
Funding relates solely to covering the costs of travel (placements) between the two countries for researchers involved in a project. It should be noted that living costs for French researchers in Algeria, as well as travel costs for Algerian researchers travelling to France, are borne by the Algerian establishments which submitted the projects, and vice versa.
It should be noted that, in order to encourage the preparation of high-quality proposals for this first call for projects, the DGRSDT and Inria will provide partners wishing to submit projects with funds intended to finance the travel needed to draw up their proposals. Use of these funds, which Algerian researchers must request from the DGRSDT and Inria researchers must request from Inria, is governed by the same rules, outlined above, as those governing funds granted to projects that are selected.
Submission of proposals
Proposals must be submitted jointly by Algerian and French researchers. Applications must come from research teams or groups, departments or institutions. Project proposals must be submitted in accordance with the template form supplied, duly completed and signed.
- In Algeria project proposals must be drawn up in accordance with the template form which can be downloaded from the Algerian Ministry for higher education and scientific research website, following the procedure outlined therein.
- In France an original copy, signed by the head of the Inria research centre, must be sent to Inria’s International Relations Department. An electronic copy of the application must also be sent to Laura Norcy.
Submission of applications and additional information
To the Directorate General for Scientific Research and Technological Development (DGRSDT) in Algeria
23 Avenue Robertseau
Télemly - Alger
Tel.: +213 05 54 08 67 57 / 05 51 42 07 90
E-Mail: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
To Inria’s International Relations Department
BP 105 Rocquencourt
78153 Le Chesnay Cedex
Tel.: +33 1 39 63 55 13
Mob: +33 6 86 38 93 62
Fax: +33 1 39 63 50 80
E-Mail : Laura Norcy / email@example.com
Selection procedure and assessment criteria
The joint Franco-Algerian committee is responsible for the process of assessing project proposals. In order to do so, it is assisted by figures from outside the committee who are recognised specialists in the field covered by the proposal. Each application is expertly appraised twice in France and twice in Algeria. Final selection is undertaken by the joint Franco-Algerian committee, which meets at the end of each year and bases its decision on all the appraisals carried out, taking into account the following criteria:
- the scientific quality of the project;
- the relevance of the proposed activities, the attainability of the objectives and the applicability of the findings;
- the qualifications or diplomas the research may lead to;
- knowledge transfer;
- the expertise and experience of participants in both countries;
- industrial cooperation (partnerships).
The final number of projects selected depends on the overall available budget.
Important: The Joint Franco-Algerian Committee’s decisions are final.
he managers of selected projects must set up a web site describing project progress. They undertake to place an assignment report online for every placement backed by the Inria-DGRSDT (Algerian Universities) ICST programme.
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