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Call for Proposals for the 2021 NTU Core Consortiums
Date of Announcement
2020-08-17

A. The purpose of this project is to acquire resources external to the University with the spirit of a seed program, to foster new talent and an exceptional generation of researchers, and to establish core research capabilities that represent NTU.

B. Introduction to the project

(1) Duration of project planning and funding: Jan. 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2023 (for a total of 3 years), subject to the conclusions of the proposal's review.

(2) Amount of funding available: The maximum amount of subsidies for each subprogram is NT$500,000 in principle. This cap may be raised to NT$1 million if it is necessary to acquire consumables and/or instruments for conducting experiment, subject to the conclusions of the proposal's review and the University's overall budget.

3. Team composition

4. Eligibility of applicants

1. An approved list may only be assigned to the Principal Investigator of a Subproject (which may have at most one approved list); the Principal Investigator of a Subproject must be a full-time NTU faculty member or research fellow on regular payroll. Once the list has been approved, no changes to the Chief Investigator of the Main Project or the Principal Investigator of a Subproject may be made.

2. For a research team that is already in the process of implementing this project and has been notified, at the time of approval, of its preapproval until Dec. 31, 2021 or Dec. 31, 2022, no additional applications may be submitted.

3. A full-time NTU faculty member or research fellow on regular payroll may receive subsidies for at most one ORD-sanctioned research project (including the Excellence in Key Advantages Program--for the most competitive talent cultivation in internationally competitive research areas; Academic Research--Career Development Project; and Jade Picking Project). In other words, those involved in more than one such project will receive subsidies for only one of them. Once a project has been selected to receiving subsidies, it remains necessary for the project to meet the following criteria: being consisting of at least three subprojects; one-third of the principal investigators being assistant/associate profession/research fellow or faculty members/researchers who have officially been appointed but whose employment has not yet commenced. Failure to meet these criteria will disqualify the project from receiving subsidies.

4. An Academic Research Career Development Laurel Project that has received matching funds from ORD or the Excellence Research Center (including the Main Project and a Subproject), the conclusions of the proposal's review and the University's overall budget will be taken into consideration before a decision on funding can be made.

5. The source of funding for this project is the Higher Education Sprout Project, Ministry of Education, which is, like MOST, also a government agency. Considering the University's overall budget constraints and funding allocations, the Principal Investigator of a Subproject who is already implementing a MOST project and is prohibited by MOST to undertake another project (e.g., Einstein Program, Columbus Program, Shackleton-Breakthrough Research, Academic Summit Program, Novel Industry-Academia-Research Collaboration, Ministry of Science and Technology AI Innovation Research Center project, and Ta-You Wu Memorial Award project) is not eligible for the research grant.

(2) Project framework (individual research projects are not supported):

1. Number of Subprojects: 3 (minimum) to 6 (maximum); no subsidies are provided if fewer than 3 Subprojects

2. Project team members: At least one-third of the Principal Investigators of the Subprojects must be assistant/associate profession/research fellow or faculty members/researchers who have officially been appointed but whose employment has not yet commenced.

3. A full professor/research fellow serving as the project's Chief Investigator must be the recipient of a MOST outstanding academic research award or of an internationally renowned academic award. An assistant/associate professor/research fellow serving in the same capacity must be the recipient of a MOST outstanding research award or a Ta-You Wu Memorial Award, or is concurrently undertaking a MOST multi-year project.

4. The Project's Chief Investigator must also be the Principal Investigator of one of the project's Subprojects.

D. Application procedure:

(1) Upload all project-related files to the ORD online project application system. Upon approval (online) by the chair/director of the applicant's home department/institute and the dean of the college, submit the application online to the ORD by the announced deadline, which is Mon., Nov. 30, 2020. No late applications will be accepted.

(2) The ORD online project application system is slated to go online in September. Training on how to use the system will also be provided at that time. ORD will announce the details at an appropriate time. Potential applicants (teams) are advised to set aside the time to participate in the planned training session. As a preparatory step, refer to last year's (2020) application form for the format of project details to be submitted as part of the application. With the new system in operation, however, ORD will be able to accept and process the application only after the dean of the applicant's home college has already reviewed and approved it online. Applicants (teams) are advised to leave ample time for the administrative approval process.