The PQSB program, which aims at fostering scientific collaborations by promoting the international mobility of Palestinian and Quebecer researchers, is coordinated and implemented by the Palestine Academy for Science and Technology (PALAST) and the Fonds de Recherche Du Quebec – Nature Et Technologies (FRQNT), Santé (FRQS), and Société Et Culture (FRQSC).
PQSB aims to support short-term scientific missions for Palestinian researchers whose research has already produced notable results in any of the fields of health sciences, natural sciences and engineering, or social sciences and humanities, arts and letters. The main and long-term objective of Palestine-Quebec Science Bridge is to foster collaboration between researchers in Quebec and their counterparts in Palestine (especially early-career researchers) through staff/ faculty exchange, and other mobility programs.
These programs will provide an opportunity to integrate Palestinian researchers into FRQ-funded research projects and its network of national and international partners and their research funding programs which will allow them to carry out their scientific research projects in collaboration with researchers in Quebec.
PQSB has launched its fourth call for short-term (3 to 4 months – 2 months also possible) research grant proposals in:
- Health sciences
- Natural sciences and engineering
- Social sciences, humanities, and arts
- Identify a common research interest or topic with a researcher from Quebecer Universities located in Quebec District, A List of Quebecer researchers database (Research Areas) will be provided later on to help you selecting a matching research project (You can find a list of Quebecer Universities, and also you can meet the PQSB previous calls participants under these link and assist you for identifying the Quebecer researcher matching your interest
- Contact the host researcher, inquire about potential collaboration, and should a final agreement be reached, request an invitation letter
- Fill out the application form and submit the invitation letter, CV and other documents: Click here to apply )
- For former Palestinian researchers who got grants in the previous two calls, they can apply for the fourth call, especially after the praise and appreciation from the Quebec researchers, to ensure the networking and sustainability of the cooperation between them and submit additionally supporting letter from the Quebecer researcher and your Palestinian Institution, emphasize that they are benefited from your research visit.
- Submission deadline: November 15, 2022
- For more information, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0599671638
- Applications evaluation, selection and interviews will take place during December 2022 and January 2023
Selection criteria for PQSB Collaboration Projects
- The quality of the proposed research project and clarity of the objective & action plan
- The research profile of the Palestinian applicant (Active researcher or young researchers)
- The potential sustainability of the research project and the collaboration between the partners
- Compatibility of the proposed research topic(s) with the objectives of the PQSB program with regards to:
- The impact, applicability, and relevance of the proposed research project to the needs of the Palestinian society
- The proposed project’s potential for subsequent knowledge transfer to Palestine
The FRQNT, the FRQS and the FRQSC will cover the Palestinian researchers’ monthly allowance as per local standards (a maximum of CAD $2,500 per month) and round-trip travel (up to CAD $2,000).