SPRINT - 1st Edition 2017: Guidelines University of Oxford

Specific requests for submission of proposals by researchers from the University of Oxford

FAPESP and the University of Oxford signed a Cooperation Agreement for Research on January 20, 2015, aiming to grow and strengthen cooperation between researchers from the University of Oxford, UK, and from the State of São Paulo, Brazil, through the funding of joint research projects.

Under the referred Agreement, as a continuation of this fruitful collaboration, FAPESP and the University of Oxford make public this second Call for Proposals for the exchange of faculty and postdoctoral researchers under the terms and conditions of the SPRINT 1st Edition 2017 (www.fapesp.br/sprint/call12017). Further details are listed below.

1. Eligibility from the Oxford University side

1.1 Eligibility to submit proposals within the scope of this Call:

Open to Oxford University research staff in all departments within the areas of:

a. Humanities and Oxford Networks for the Environment wishing to propose collaborative projects involving eligible researchers affiliated with an institution within the state of São Paulo;

b. Strong preference will be given to interdisciplinary projects and to projects that will be likely to promote sustained collaborative activity beyond the end point of the award period.

1.2 Eligibility for the exchange activities within the scope of this Call:

a. The project lead must be an Oxford researcher who holds a contract of employment for the full length of the proposed project. Other participants may include associated postdoctoral fellows and PhD students where appropriate;

b. The proposals must aim to respect the principle of reciprocity with regard to academic qualifications of those who will take part in the exchange activities;

c. Eligibility of research partners in the State of São Paulo should observe items 3.1 and 7.1 of the FAPESP call (www.fapesp.br/sprint/call12017);

d. Considering the principle of reciprocity, FAPESP exceptionally may support PhD students from the State of São Paulo to take part in the scientific missions. In this case, the PhD student(s) must have an ongoing FAPESP fellowship during the planned exchange mission to the partner institution.

2. Fields of knowledge

This Call for Proposals invites research proposals in the following fields of knowledge:

a. Humanities;

b. Oxford Networks for the Environment (i.e. Biodiversity, Climate, Energy, Food, and Water).

3. Duration of the project for the exchange of researchers

The maximum duration of each project is up to 24 months.

4. Timeline

Call announced by FAPESP and Oxford

January 31st, 2017

Closing date for submission of proposals

April 24th, 2017

Successful proposals notified after

July 28th, 2017

5. Funding principles

FAPESP will provide funding of up to the equivalent of £30,000 during this call for proposals and the University of Oxford will provide funding of up to £30,000 during this call. It is envisaged that this will be allocated to three separate research projects, i.e. £10,000 on each side per project. However, applications for funding of larger or smaller projects will also be considered. Funding will cover research-related mobility expenses, under the provisions of Clause 5 of the Scientific Cooperation Agreement established by the Parties (www.fapesp.br/en/9254).

6. Proposal characteristics for the University of Oxford researchers:

6.1 Proposals should consist of:

i. A project statement (max. two (2) A4 pages, 11pt font) describing the proposed activity and timeline and addressing the selection criteria (see below);

ii. A detailed proposed budget;

iii. In the case of existing collaborations, a description of collaborative activities undertaken to date, including joint publications, joint grant funding and visits;

iv. A description of the project activities that will benefit from the exchange activities;

v. A description of the expected academic gains for the research project resulting from the proposed exchange activities;

vi. A description of any infrastructure and financial resources available for the research project, excluding the mobility expenses requested in the proposal;

vii. Letter of Support from Head of Department.

Proposals should be written in English. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

6.2 Selection Process

Applications will be considered by both FAPESP and Oxford. At Oxford this will be via a small academic panel convened by International Strategy. At FAPESP this will be according to procedures described at www.fapesp.br/en/9055 - item 9.

FAPESP and Oxford will then liaise to determine jointly which projects will be funded.

By Oxford the applications will be evaluated against the following selection criteria:

- the strategic importance or added academic value of the collaboration;

- expected outcomes; 

- how the activity will strengthen an existing collaboration and/or lead to new opportunities (including through access to research facilities or other resources of each organisation);

- how the collaboration will be sustained beyond the term of the award (including how it will lead to new funding opportunities from external agencies).

6.3 The following additional documents will be required by the University of Oxford:

a. Letter of Agreement of the Host Institution in the State of São Paulo to which the PI from São Paulo is affiliated. The same document is required by FAPESP in item 6.2.3 at www.fapesp.br/sprint/call12017. The Letter of Agreement may be delivered after the notification of results of this call for proposals and before the grant agreement signature .

7. Submission of proposals to the University of Oxford

Submissions to the University of Oxford can only be accepted electronically and should be submitted by Monday 24 April 2017 5pm UK time to: nina.tomlin@admin.ox.ac.uk. Proposals submitted by any other means will not be accepted. Late submissions will be returned.

8. Result of the analysis

Final results will be announced on FAPESP (www.fapesp.br) and OXFORD (www.ox.ac.uk/about/international-oxford) web portals and by means of a communication to the interested PIs.

9. Contract for selected projects by the University of Oxford

Each organisation will provide its own Lead Applicant with funds that can be spent on eligible costs as specified at the time of the proposal.

At Oxford, the funding will be allocated and managed in accordance with the procedures established in the letter of award.

Award holders will be required to submit a short report within three months of the end of the award.

10. Information about this Call at Oxford University

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

Nina Tomlin, Senior Strategy Officer, International Strategy (nina.tomlin@admin.ox.ac.uk); 44 (0)1865 270250)