FAPESP/UT Austin: Call for Proposals 2016

1. Introduction

The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Brazil and University of Texas at Austin - UT Austin, US, launch a call for joint research projects. The aim is to promote and strengthen collaboration between researchers affiliated with UT Austin and researches affiliated with Higher Education and Research Institutions in State of São Paulo in the field.

2. Research Themes

All fields of knowledge

3. Funding

The UT Austin is prepared to fund the projects with a total of up to USD 30,000 per project/per year. FAPESP is also prepared to fund for the equivalent amount of up to USD 30,000 per project/per year. As a general rule, the funding is for two years with a balanced contribution from each Agency. 

4. An alysis and selection

4.1 Each Party will select the proposals according to its own procedures. Only the proposals selected by both Parties will be funded.

4.2 The evaluation criteria include:

  • scientific quality and innovativeness of the research plan

  • feasibility of the research plan

  • competence and expertise of the applicants from both countries

  • added value generated by US-Brazilian research collaboration

The mobility of researchers will also be considered in the review.

4.3 Proposals that do not comply with the terms of this Call will not qualify for analysis.

4.4 Considering the final results announced under this call for proposals, FAPESP and UT Austin will not accept reconsideration requests.

5 . Joint research plan

The application shall include a joint research plan written by applicants from UT Austin and from the State of São Paulo. The research plan shall involve a clear description of the planned collaboration (distribution of work and methods of implementation) and the added value to be expected from the collaboration. The research plan shall include both a joint budget and separate budgets for both partners. More details in item 8.1.a) below.

6. Funding principals and eligibility criteria

6.1. For the applicant researcher in the State of São Paulo, the collaborative proposal must be submitted to FAPESP as a Regular Research Award. The maximum project duration is 24 months, non-extendable.

6.2 . Applicants from UT Austin and from the State of São Paulo must satisfy the eligibility criteria of UT Austin and FAPESP, respectively.

a) For FAPESP, the criteria are available at www.fapesp.br/137#4772 for the Regular Research Award.

b) For the UT Austin: Principal Investigators should be tenured or tenure-track faculty from any University of Texas at Austin school.

7. Timeline

Call announced on FAPESP and UT Austin websites

Nov. 27, 2015

Closing date for submission of proposals

Feb. 12, 2016

Successful proposals notified

May 30, 2016

8. Submission conditions specific to FAPESP

8.1 Submission to FAPESP will follow the usual rules for Regular Project.

8.2 The proposal, submitted in English, shall contain:

a) Research Proposal form (including the regular list of documents listed there) and Researcher’s Registration Form;

b) Summary of the Principal Investigators’ CV and CVs of Collaborating Researchers from both sides (in English, following the guidelines at www.fapesp.br/en/6351);

c) Budget worksheets specifically designed for this Call.

d) Research Team Description;

e) A Joint Research Plan with a maximum of fifteen (15) pages of scientific content;

f) Work plan for each scholarship submitted, if applicable;

g) Detailed information and budget for each research mission (budget must be indicated in the corresponding fields of the Budget Worksheets).

8.3 All proposals shall be sent to FAPESP in hard copy, to the following address: Rua Pio XI, 1500, Alto da Lapa, CEP 05468-901 – São Paulo/SP, with Chamada FAPESP/ UT Austin 2016- written on the envelope. 

9. How to apply

9.2.1 The proposal as specified in the previous section must be submitted before or on Feb. 12, 2016 (5:00 PM CST), both to FAPESP by the Principal Investigator from the State of São Paulo and to UT Austin by the Principal Investigator from Austin, TX, USA.

9.2.2 No proposal will be accepted after the closing date for submission, nor will any addendum or explanation be accepted, unless those explicitly and formally requested by FAPESP or UT Austin.

9.2.3 Submissions to FAPESP can only be accepted in paper, via mail, to the following address: Rua Pio XI, 1500, Alto da Lapa, CEP 05468-901 – São Paulo/SP, with “Chamada FAPESP / UT Austin 2016” written on the envelope. Will be considered the date of the postal postmark stamped on the envelope.

9. 2.4 Principal Investigators at UT Austin must submit all proposals, via email, to Carla Silva-Muhammad, Brazil Center coordinator ( carla.silva@austin.utexas.edu).

9.2.5 Proposals submitted by any other means will not be accepted. Late submissions will not be reviewed.

10. More information

All questions related to this Call for Proposals must be directed to:

Dr. Simone Godoi
Science Manager
Email: chamada_utexas@fapesp.br

UT Austin:
Dr. Sonia Roncador
Brazil Center chair
Email: roncador@austin.utexas.edu

Carla Silva-Muhammad
Brazil Center coordinator
Email: carla.silva@austin.utexas.edu