projects are vetted through a two-stage process that involves a proposal
for an inaugural workshop followed by a full proposal for a
national project. In the inaugural workshop, scientific partners engage
in extensive discussions of analytic and scientific problems in challenging
research areas, discourse that leads to a greater understanding of
needs and subsequent evolution of the full proposal. While this cautious
approach implies a longer lead-in time for establishing a project,
in practice it has proven to be highly successful for discussing collaborative
research opportunities in thematic areas, fostering contacts with
government and industry, identifying problems for graduate student
involvement, in bringing students in contact with industry and agencies,
and showcasing the project to attract international partnerships.
The Scientific Director works closely with project leaders on the
nature of the collaboration, the training of HQP, and the scientific
activities of the project, thereby ensuring that full proposals address
the institute's goals and criteria for evaluation. NICDS criteria
for projects proposals may be found here. A proposal template
may be found here.
for inaugural workshop proposals are a regular event. The proposals
are vetted rigorously by the SAC for their potential to generate a
national project that fulfills the NICDS criteria. Workshops are expected
to substantially involve students as attendees or presenters. Successful
workshop proposal applicants are expected to obtain matching funds
from governmental or industrial partners. A sample call for proposals
may be found here. A proposal template
may be found here.
of full proposals by the SAC involves
at least three anonymous, often international, referees. The four-month
process provides applicants with referee reports, and the SAC prepares
a detailed report, with its recommendation, for consideration by the
Board. In the case of a positive result, the Board communicates directly
with the Principal Investigator to discuss project implementation
and to suggest new research and industrial partners.
NICDS has also issued calls for proposals for intensive training events.
A sample call for proposals may be found
here. A proposal template may be found