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Vol. 35 No. 2
March-April 2013

The Project Place | Information about new, current, and complete IUPAC projects and related initiatives.
See also www.iupac.org/projects

Guidelines for Multinational Calls for Research Cooperation

In 2009, the first Transnational Call for Proposals in Polymer Chemistry, an IUPAC pilot call backed by several leading funding organizations, was announced and managed by an IUPAC call secretariat together with a call oversight committee from the IUPAC Polymer Division. The goal of this pilot call was to establish an efficient transnational funding program in chemistry, to transcend national/continental boundaries, to allow for minimal bureaucracy for the applicants, and to establish best practices for future calls of this type.

Teams of three or more principal investigators from three different participating nations were eligible to submit a single research proposal that underwent a single common scientific review and received a single funding decision. For each successful proposal, the individual applicants received funding from their respective national participating agency. Supporting this call were the IUPAC Polymer Division and seven national funding organizations that agreed to participate.

This call had a tremendous resonance: 35 letters of intent were received out of which 30 were approved; 28 full proposals were submitted out of which 7 were selected for funding (see details at www.iupac.org/polyedu/DivIVCall).

The task of monitoring the call and establishing best-practice guidelines was performed by a team consisting of IUPAC members and representatives of participating funding agencies in an IUPAC project. Progress reports from the funded teams were presented at the 44th IUPAC World Polymer Congress in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, June 2012. A feedback session with teams was also held at that congress.

The call monitoring team made a report on the outcome, benefits, and shortcomings of the pilot call and put together relevant documents from the pilot call, the report by the call secretary, and the minutes of the feedback session. These documents have already been used for the organization of the second international call for proposals, which was announced in November 2012. The set of documents and the report of the monitoring team are available from the following project page <www.iupac.org/project/2010-032-3-400>. They can be used as guidelines for similar international calls under the guidance of IUPAC or other organizations.

Behind the Pilot Call

IUPAC and participating national funding agencies recently issued a second international call for proposals, this time on Novel Molecular and Supramolecular Theory and Synthesis Approaches for Sustainable Catalysis.

Modeled after the earlier pilot, this call was intended to foster multinational cooperation in sustainable chemistry. The call was coordinated by the IUPAC Division of Chemistry and the Environment. See details in Jan-Feb 2013 CI, p.16 or at www.iupac.org/news/news-detail/article/international-call-for-proposals-in-sustainable-chemistry.html.

For more information about the monitoring task project, contact Task Group Chair Werner Mormann <mormann@chemie.uni-siegen.de>.

www.iupac.org/project/2010-032-3-400

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