This research plan structure applies to applications for mobility funding for joint seminars with China (NSFC).
Submit the research plan as a separate PDF appendix. Read the call text carefully before you start writing the plan.
The maximum length of the research plan is six pages. The font is Source Sans Pro (font size 12 pt, line spacing 1 and margins 20 mm). The paper size is A4. All bibliographic references must be added directly into the text, for example as follows: (author(s), year) or [number]. You must not use footnotes. The list of references is part of the research plan and does count towards the length of the plan.
1. Presentation of project and seminar plan, specification of funding
1.1 Describe the research associated with the joint seminar:
- How the project and the methods used are linked to previous international and/or national research (state of the art)
- Research-based starting points and possible preliminary research
- Aims and objectives
- Research data, materials and methods
- Schedule for implementation
- Expected research results and their anticipated scientific impact, potential for scientific breakthroughs and for the renewal of science and research
1.2 Justify how the project addresses the special objectives of the mobility call:
- Describe how the project strengthens scientific cooperation between the countries.
- Describe how the project promotes the international interactions of Finnish researchers and the internationalisation of research environments and strengthens the quality of research.
1.3 Preliminary plan for seminar:
- Schedule, format, themes, speakers, other participants
- Indicate whether the seminar is open in full or in part, or whether information on the research will be disseminated in other ways.
1.4 Specification of funding:
- Outline how the research funding for Finnish party to the project has been or will be organised (source and amount).
- Specify the funding to be applied for from the Academy:
- If the seminar will be organised abroad, please list the persons to whom funding is applied for, describe their roles in the seminar (invited speaker, other performer, participant) and indicate their proportion of the funding applied for (indicate travel expenses and living expenses separately). Enter the mobility of these persons also on the tab ‘Mobility’ in the online services.
- If the seminar will be organised in Finland, specify the funding (e.g. for rents, coffee, printing and mailing). Funding may also be granted to cover basic seminar facilities.
- Indicate on what the sums are based (e.g. your organisation’s travel guidelines, your experiences of the local prices, offer for the organisation of the meeting).
2. Research teams
2.1 Describe the tasks and roles and project-relevant key merits of the following persons:
- Finnish principal investigator
- principal investigator in China; this information should also be entered on the tab ‘Collaborators’.
- Other Finnish and foreign persons to whom mobility funding is being applied for from the Academy or the NSFC
- Mention other key Finnish organisations and their responsible persons if the research or seminars involve actors from different organisations. A separate application is required from each organisation if funding is applied for to different organisations.
2.2 Describe the research environment:
- Local, national and/or international research environment, incl. research infrastructures. Enter the infrastructures to be used also on the tab ‘Affiliations’ in the online services.
2.3 How the research teams complement each other:
- Is the research cooperation behind the mobility new or does it continue previous cooperation? If it continues previous cooperation, describe how long the cooperation has continued and what the previous results are (briefly).
- Contents of research, research methods and equipment, etc.
- Importance of project for attainment of research objectives, etc.
3. Participation of early-career researchers or other possible added value
3.1 Describe the added value of the mobility cooperation:
- Describe how the project promotes researcher training and/or research careers.
- Estimate the number of early-career researchers participating in the research and the number of all planned visits.
- Justify possible other added value.
4. Special added value produced
4.1 Please indicate if there is any particular added value to be expected from the project with regard to:
- Scientific, industrial or social applicability of results (IPR)
- Knowledge transfer (e.g. collaboration between junior and senior researchers)
- Sustainability and broad impact