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Joint Researches and Workshops

FY2016 River Basin Research Center, Gifu University
Call for Joint Researches and Workshops

>> See the Application Procedures for Joint Researches and Workshops with RBRC

This English version is a translation of the original Japanese version. All descriptions shall follow the Japanese version.

All application forms are prepared in Japanese. Please make adequate arrangements with the PoC of RBRC.
You are welcome to consult with us via email to find an appropriate faculty member as a PoC [see 7. Contact address].

1.Background

River Basin Research Center of Gifu University (hereafter RBRC) is promoting an interdisciplinary “River Basin Science” to facilitate sustainable use of natural resources involved in the landscape which is composed of natural and societal systems and their interactions by providing a mechanistic understanding of the current status, scientific knowledge for management policy and future predictions considering climate and societal changes. Our research activities have been progressing with the support of Japanese and overseas universities, research organizations and observation networks.

In RBRC we are promoting incubation of integrated joint research related to the forests, rivers, sediments, farmland and cities in the river basin in changing environments, as well as systemization of River Basin Science, and are willing to promote collaborations between the scientific community and the local stakeholder community. Here we are calling for joint research, ranging from basic to applied researches, to foster a new practical environmental science as the “Basin Conservation and Management” which tackles various regional environmental issues.

By promoting the joint research with various research communities, we aim to develop “Environmental science that approaches regional environmental issues with a global perspective”, which will enable us to tackle the environmental issues faced by the river basin systems and society with the following strategies: (1) Provide scientific knowledge for regional adaptive strategies to climate change based on clarification and prediction of the effect of global warming and human impact on the carbon cycle and biodiversity of the regional forests and river ecosystems; (2) Develop and disseminate ecosystems that contribute to securing regional water resource and water quality management technology; (3) Develop technology and provide information that will contribute to disaster mitigation such as extreme weather events.

(1)Research categories

Research plans will be categorized into: (i) Flagship research, (ii) General research and (iii) International joint research as described below in detail. These researches may use any of the facilities of RBRC by consulting with the responsible faculty member of RBRC (see Supplementary Table 2). We also call for (iv) conferences or workshops related to the River Basin Science.

(2)Recruitment details

Detailed categories of applications to joint research and scientific workshops are listed in Table 1. Any applications are requested to involve at least one faculty member of RBRC, who will become the point of contact (PoC, see Supplementary Table 2), so please ensure that adequate arrangements are made with the faculty member(s) who will be PoC for the applications. The submitted applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the committee, and the result will be announced accordingly.

(i) Flagship research:

The Flagship research will be designed to contribute intensively to promoting the River Basin Science. The applicable research in Table 1 will be conducted through collaboration between faculty member(s) in RBRC and researchers affiliated with departments and organizations other than RBRC. Please make adequate arrangements when submitting the application with your departments or organizations, in addition to adding one or more faculty member from RBRC.

Applicants are encouraged to propose a budgetary plan to cover the research costs including research participant’s travel costs and consumables, with an upper limit of JPY500,000. In FY2016, approximately four projects are scheduled for adoption, but please note that the budget may be reduced after detailed examination of the content of the application or through adjustment with other applications.

Faculty member (PoC) from RBRC will manage and administer the subsidized research costs.

(ii) General research

The General research will cover various research ideas and activities related to the River Basin Science. The applicable research topics in Table 1 will be conducted through collaboration between faculty members in RBRC and researchers affiliated with departments and organizations other than RBRC. The research types that aim to use the facilities of RBRC will be also included into this category (see Supplementary Table 1).

Please note that RBRC may not prepare research budgets for this category. However, RBRC will pay efforts to support the research activities according to the consultations between the PoC of RBRC and applicants.

(iii) International joint research

The International joint research will be designed to initiate research and capacity building (e.g., technical training) on the topics related to the River Basin Science. The applicable research topics in Table 1 will be conducted through collaboration between faculty members in RBRC and overseas researchers. The principle investigator (PI) of the application will be the faculty member of RBRC, and participants are requested to make adequate arrangements with the PI for application.

Basically, subsidies for research costs to cover the research participant’s travel costs and consumables will be planned with an upper limit of JPY500,000. In FY2016, approximately two projects are scheduled for adoption, but please note that the budget may be reduced after detailed examination of the content of the application or through adjustment with other applications.

The PI or PoC from RBRC will manage and administer the subsidized research costs.

(iv) Research conferences and workshops

The Research conferences / workshops will be designed to share research ideas and outcomes, and ideas for future collaboration, or to advocate the scientific knowledge and information to society related to the River Basin Science. Basically, subsidies for research costs to cover the attendee’s and lecturer’s travel costs, consumables and venue hire fees are set with an upper limit of JPY300,000. In FY2016, approximately two applications are scheduled for adoption. Professors from RBRC will manage and administer the subsidized costs.

Applications from various universities and research institutes are welcome. Lecturers may be from a single organization, but when holding research conferences / workshops in locations other than Gifu University, please include at least one faculty member from RBRC as presenter(s). The organizers will be requested to report the outcome and information of attendee accordingly.

Table 1 Recruitment topics and acceptable joint research categories

Recruitment research topics

(i) Flagship research

(ii) General research

(iii) International joint research

(a) Research on the relationship between human activity and the micrometeorology, water and material cycles

(b) Research related to ecosystem dynamics and functions

(c) Research related to the safety and risks of the river basin, and their environmental and societal scenario analysis

(d) Research related to the conservation and sustainable use of basin resources and energy

(e). Other research that contributes to the development of river basin science and river basin conservation

2. Persons eligible for application

(1) PI of joint research, research workshop representative

1. Fulltime university researchers, fulltime researchers or technicians at research organizations and private organizations

2. Part-time university researchers, part-time researchers or technicians at research organizations and private organizations

Persons applicable to type-2 are requested to submit written consent (Form 3) from their affiliated organization, as well as written approval from the affiliated organization (bureau or department) on the application form (Form 1). Also, when the joint research or research workshops are implemented mainly by students at a doctorate or master’s level, please ensure that the application is submitted by the supervising professor as the representative.

In case of any changes with the representative during the research period (including the transfer of his/her affiliation), please amend the details on the submitted Form 1 and resubmit the form accordingly.

(2) Research organization

Any of the following persons are encouraged to apply.

1. Faculty and researchers of university, teachers of National Institute of Technology, researcher or technician at research organizations and private organizations

2. Technical staff, post-doctoral researchers, university students

3. Other persons permitted by the director of RBRC

In case of any changes in the research organization of the adopted project during the research period (addition or removal of members, transfer of affiliation, etc.), please complete the table for research organization changes on the joint research results report (Form 4).

(3) Permission from the applicant’s affiliated organization

Applications for joint research ((i) Flagship research, (ii) General research, (iii) International joint research) are requested to submit the written consent of the affiliated department head (Form 1, lower section on the first page). This is not required for (iv) research conference or workshop applications.

In a case that the research group is organized by members from different affiliations of the PI, the member(s) is also requested to submit written approval from the respective person’s affiliated organization (department) (Form 3).

3. Application forms

When submitting an application, please make adequate arrangements with the PoC of RBRC. You are welcome to consult with us via email to find an appropriate faculty member as a PoC [see 7. Contact address].

To apply for (i) Flagship research, (ii) General research, or, (iii) International joint research, please use the Joint Research Application Form (Form 1) and send a scanned application with a signature and/or seal in the “affiliated organization (department) approval section” on the Form 1, and send the electronic data by the date indicated in [5. Application submission deadline]. Then please send the original copy by post to RBRC.

For (ii) General research, you are welcome to submit your research proposal even after the indicated deadline. But please note that usage of research facilities of RBRC may be prioritized to the research group(s) that has been accepted earlier. Therefore, please consult in advance with the PoC (see Supplementary Table 1) or send an inquiry to our joint research office by emails for your considerations of research application. We will try our best to match the conditions.

Applicants for research conferences / workshops need complete the Research Conference / Workshop Application Form (Form 2). Please scan the application form and send the electronic data by the application submission deadline. If you are going to use our research facilities, please consult with the PoC of RBRC for details, and submit written approval from the respective person’s affiliated organization (Form 3).

4. Research period

The period may be from the date of adoption notification (scheduled for late May 2016) until 31 March 2017.
But if you are willing to begin your research in early spring, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Even if you are planning research for multiple years, please submit the application form (Form 1) every year.

5. Application submission deadline

1. Joint research ((i) Flagship research, (iii) International joint research) and (iv) Research Conferences / Workshops

Please submit a scanned copy of the application form via email by 9th May 2016 (Monday). For applications with seals of affiliated organizations of PI and participants, please send the original copy by post after confirmation of submission of the electronic copy.

2. Joint research ((ii) General research)

We welcome applications on an ad hoc basis. Please submit a scanned copy of the application form. For applications with seals applied, please send the original by post after confirmation of submission of the electronic copy.

6. Important notes for submission of application forms

Please thoroughly check the following points when submitting an application. Applicants are requested to follow and consent to the below issues.

Intellectual property rights

Attribution of intellectual property rights will be in accordance with the University Intellectual Property Rights Standards of Gifu University (see the following URL) for researchers from Gifu University and will be discussed separately for other researchers in the event that such matters arise. As the document is written only in Japanese, foreign applicants are kindly requested to be guided by the PoC of RBRC.

Gifu University Intellectual Property Policy:

http://www.green.gifu-u.ac.jp/joint_research/#policy   (In Japanese)

(2) Restore of compensation of the damage on facilities etc.

If the facilities, equipment, database etc. are damaged by any kinds of accidents, the user’s affiliated organization may be requested to restore or compensate those items to their original state.

(3) Accident insurance

When students and/or persons without workers’ compensation insurance use the facilities at RBRC, please be sure to take out “Student Educational Research Accident Insurance” or accident insurance that is equivalent or better one, before begin the research.

7. Application submission address and contact details for inquiries

Joint Research office, River Basin Research Center, Gifu University
1-1 Yanagido, Gifu-city, Gifu, 501-1193 Japan

Email address:  research@green.gifu-u.ac.jp

8. Schedule of applications

Application period From 1st April (Fri) to 9th May (Mon) 2016

Notification of adoption decision 31st May 2016 (scheduled)

Submission deadline for joint research results report 30th April 2017 (scheduled)

9.Reports

PIs of joint research (i – iii) and (iv) Research Conferences / Workshops are requested to submit a “Joint Research Report” (Form 4) or a “Research Conference / Workshop Report” (Form 5) by following to the schedule which will be indicated by RBRC.

PI or its alternate of joint research (i, ii, or iii) is requested to submit Form 6, if any changes occurred in the research participants (addition or removal of members, changes in personnel, etc.).

The representative of the Research Conference / Workshop is requested to submit Form 5, in which information of participants needs to be listed in addition to those of lecturers etc. Please check Form 5 carefully before the conference / workshop is held and be prepared to collect the required information. An Excel spreadsheet will be provided by RBRC to the organizing group for aggregation of the participants’ information that must be input into Form 5.

Please note that part of the joint research report and research conference / workshop report may be used for the activity reports and/or the web site of RBRC, and you may be kindly requested to support us.

10.Publication of results of the joint research

When publishing the results of the joint research, you are kindly requested to acknowledge that part or the whole of your research was supported by RBRC.

For example, “The present study was conducted using Joint Usage / Research Grant of the River Basin Research Center (2016-XX), Gifu University”