University of Tsukuba - DAAD Partnership Program

Outline

The program was established on the joint initiative of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the University of Tsukuba. It aims to support personnel exchange at excellent research done at University of Tsukuba and at German universities and research institutes. Through this program, the University of  Tsukuba wants to promote its long-term cooperation with German educational and research institution, create new partnerships and reinforce existing ones.

Application guideline for the University of Tsukuba – DAAD Partnership Program 2018-2019

Application Form 1

Application Form 2

Partnerschaftsprogramm mit der Universität Tsukuba(DAAD Homepage)

Schedule

April Call for applications
June Entry deadline
September Joint examination of DAAD and University of Tsukuba
October Notification of results

※Please note that this schedule is subject to changes in some years.

FAQ

Category Number Question Answer

Application
・Submitting applications
・Term of projects
・Budget for projects
・Requirements for project members

1 Do the researchers need to submit documents in both Germany and Japan at the time of the application?

Yes.
Applicants from the University of Tsukuba have to submit their application forms to the academic service office of the University of Tsukuba, whilst German applicants have to submit the respective documents to the DAAD. If just one of the two applications is not carried out, the project will not be eligible for the review.

2 In which language should I write the documents? Usable languages are, in the Japanese application Japanese or English, in the German application German or English. In one part of the Japanese application forms there will be entries required that need to be filled out side by side in Japanese and English (or Japanese and German). So please carefully confirm the instructions of the language specifications and only then fill the form in. In any case, please turn in a collaboratively written English resume to both sides, University of Tsukuba and the DAAD respectively.
3

Are applicants, which have been selected for this program in the past, able to apply again in the coming academic year?

Yes.
However, to make sure that this programme is aiding early-stage research, it is demanded that, in case of projects that have been selected in the past and re-applications with the same research topic, documents explaining the results of one’s research are to be submitted together with the application form, while explaining why the same research has to be continued.

4 Please tell me about the amount of money for which one can apply. In the first year of the project, funds reaching a maximum of €15,000 on the German side and a maximum of ¥1,500,000 on the side of University of Tsukuba, are offered. It is not possible to apply for funding exceeding this limit. The amount of money for the second year will be below half of the amount chosen for the first year. 
5 Are researchers from other Japanese Universities or research facilities apart from the University of Tsukuba able to take part in projects chosen for this programme?

Yes.
Even researchers not affiliated with the University of Tsukuba are able to partake as members of the projects.
However, because extramural researchers can’t receive funding offers from this programme, we have to ask you to compensate for travel expenses to conduct cooperative research with the German partner by using resources of the affiliated institution or own expenses.

6 If researchers enrolled at the University of Tsukuba as “Research Fellowship” (特別研究員) partake at the project, are they eligible for supplementation of the travel expenses and such?

Yes.
“Postdoctoral Fellow” (博士特別研究員) of this university are eligible to receive grants.
Moreover, in this program, persons who enroll in this university and who acquired grant-in-aid from outside the university (e.g. Research Fellowship of the JSPS or Visiting Foreign Research Fellow etc.) can also be granted the travel expenses, but regarding the permission of business trips as well as the acceptance of their travel expenses, check the rules of the supporting institution and follow those instructions accordingly (depending on the regulations of the supporting institution, only actual travel expenses (and no full daily allowances) may be accepted, and it could be necessary to report overseas travel to the supporting institution).

Election
・Result
・Criteria
・Projects selected in the past

7 Could it happen that an applied project could only be accepted on the German or the Japanese side?

No.
There has been no case when an applied project has been accepted on only one side of the two countries. Japanese-German applications are always chosen in a set.

8

By which criteria are selected projects elected?

The applying projects are evaluated by the following criteria:

  • evaluation of the research plan from the academic point of view Effects for a long-term interactive cooperation
  • added value of the project for long-term bilateral cooperation
  • necessity for the participation of the chosen partners
  • convincing exchange and visiting plan of involved members
  • appropriateness of the financial request in terms of the number and duration of visits
  • balance of involvement of advanced and younger academics (students still pursuing their master’s or doctoral degree and scientists who earned their PhDs no longer than 5 years)
  • relevance for education of young academics
  • mutual recognition of higher education qualifications

Additional requirements for research teams who are applying for funding extension, i.e. continued cooperation funding beyond two years:

  • submission of proof of prior successful collaboration (i.e. report, publications)
  • specification of goals and expected benefits of the continued cooperation

The screening on the German side is held by the same criteria. The elected projects are decided through the negotiations of a Japanese-German committee. If there is a lack of persuasiveness in why it is necessary to undergo a Japanese-German collaborative research, or if the planned number of young researchers taking part is too low (etc.), your rating could be lowered.

9 When are the funds for the selected project distributed? At first, from the middle of April to around May, the budget for the Office of Global Initiative is distributed from the Department of Finance and Accounting. At the middle of May the designated part of it will be redistributed from the Office of Global Initiatives to the affiliated bureau of the applicant. Regarding the paperwork in case of using the distributed funds for business trips, please get in contact with the one in charge of the finances of the affiliated bureau.
10 Can I learn about the previously selected projects?

Yes.
A summary of the projects selected in the past and the related project reports are listed below. Please send an E-Mail to the Bonn Office, if you need further information. 

Subject Change 11 What kind of procedures are required, if a representative of the project has to transfer from the University of Tsukuba?

If a representative of the project is leaving the University of Tsukuba, it is necessary to choose another researcher from the University of Tsukuba. If no new representative is nominated, the project will be interrupted, so please take care. Please perform the change of a representative by using the application form on this website [Project Modification].

12 What kind of procedures are required, if the participants on the side of the University of Tsukuba or the period of the stay in Germany changes?

If the project participants or the period of the stay in Germany change, a detailed notification is required. Please perform the change of the project contents by using the application form on this website [Project Modification].

Report 13

What kinds of procedures are required after the end of the stay in Germany of this programme?

At the end of each trip to Germany using the program budget, an [Expense Report] must be submitted.

In addition, a [Final Report] is expected to be submitted annually by the end of March.

過去の採択課題

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ドイツ側:
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3 課題名 マイクロホンアレーを用いた音情景解析の研究 報告書
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