Call for Proposals FAPESP – Max Planck Institutes – 2017


FAPESP YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARD 2017 

A collaboration between Max Planck Institutes

and

The São Paulo Research Foudation (FAPESP)


Summary: Young highly qualified investigators are invited to submit research proposals to establish independent Tandem Research Groups at universities or research institutes in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, in strong collaboration with researchers in one of the 83 Max Planck Institutes.
Closing date: 22 May 2017
FAPESP Scheme: Young Investigator Awards Program
Maximum duration of the project: up to 5 years (please see item 1.1 for details)
Submission: Proposals must be submitted only through SAGe system
Contact:
FAPESP
Glenda Mezarobba – Gerente de Área Científica para Colaborações em Pesquisa
E-mail: chamada_maxplanck@fapesp.br
MAX PLANCK
Andreas Trepte – Head of the MPG Liaison Office for Latin America
E-mail: latam@gv.mpg.de


1. Introduction
 

The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) announces this International Call for Proposals to strengthen the collaboration between universities and research institutions in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, and Max Planck Institutes, worldwide.

Young highly qualified investigators, with several years of a very well succeeded postdoctoral experience, are invited to submit research proposals to establish independent Tandem Research Groups at universities or research institutes in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, in strong collaboration with researchers in one of the 83 Max Planck Institutes. This Call aims:

1.1 to select highly qualified young scientists with several years of an outstanding postdoctoral experience which are willing and highly motivated to further develop their scientific career in a university or research institute in the State of São Paulo, Brazil. The selected candidates will lead independent Tandem Research Groups (TRG), to be established at hosting institutions in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in cooperation with a corresponding Max Planck Institute, and to be funded under the FAPESP Young Investigator Awards (YIA) program for five plus one year (after favorable evaluation). These Tandem Research Groups are modelled on the independent Max Planck Research Groups in Germany to support early career scientists who are dedicated to independent, interdisciplinary, high quality research. Each TRG will be scientifically closely related to a corresponding Max Planck Institute that provides scientific advice, support and training, and access to know-how, facilities and infrastructure.

1.2 to create opportunities for the establishment of new research groups in the host higher education and research institutions in the State of São Paulo led by said young investigators cooperating closely with outstanding principal investigators in Max Planck Institutes.

The terms and conditions are described below.

2. Areas of Interest

This Call for Proposals invites research proposals in the following themes:

(i) Astronomy, chemistry, physics and engineering;

(ii) Biology and medicine;

(iii) Humanities, social and cognitive sciences.

3. Grant mechanism

Applications should be submitted to FAPESP following the Guidelines for Young Investigators Awards (YIA) (www.fapesp.br/en/6251), under its conditions and restrictions unless explicitly defined otherwise in this Call for Proposals.

4. Eligibility criteria

Eligible candidates must:

a) Comply with the eligibility requirements of FAPESP’s Young Investigator Awards specified at www.fapesp.br/en/6251.

b) Brazilians or foreigner candidates at the beginning of her/his successful scientific career with a sound postdoctoral experience (previous or ongoing) in internationally competitive research groups outside Brazil, and highly motivated to develop and carry out an internationally competitive research program. Ideally, the candidate obtained its doctorate a maximum of seven years ago (for a doctorate in medicine: nine years).

This program is particularly suitable for excellent young applicants who have already held one or two post-doc jobs and who would now like to – and deem themselves apt to – head a research group and to elaborate together on own research ideas independently. Please note that independent research group position are only open to applicants who hold a doctorate.

5. Submission of Proposals

5.1 How to submit

Proposals must be submitted to FAPESP through a customized path of the SAGe system (for additional guidelines regarding the online submission please consult Annex I, only in Portuguese) by the applicant before the deadline announced in Section 5.1.8 of this Call.

Proposals must follow the guidelines for the particular FAPESP funding line: Young Investigator Awardwww.fapesp.br/en/6251 and include directives described in the present guidelines.

5.1.1 Project organization

a) The research project must be written in English;

b) The research project must be submitted via SAGe system and also must include the items (i) to (iv) below:

(i) copies of three selected publications;

(ii) two letters of recommendation;

(iii)a two-page research plan for the research group - TRG Summary (see details at item 5.1.6 e)

(iv) a document (max. 3 pages) stating their past, present and in particular their potential future collaborative research projects in order to demonstrate the scientific and collaborative potential of the proposal.

5.1.2. Selected proposals that have not identified and not shown the acceptance by the SP host institution when submitting the proposal must do it following the timeline mentioned in the item 5.1.8 of this Call. The contacts available in the item 7 of this Call may be sought by the PIs to offer support on finding potential partners.

5.1.3 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 Max Planck.

5.1.4 All the documents required by SAGe platform must be attached to the online submission. Proposals lacking mandatory documents will be returned without merit review.

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

5.1.6 Collaboration aspects

a) Proposers must demonstrate acceptance by a university or research institute in the State of São Paulo;

b) Such support must be demonstrated through the endorsement of the director of the host institution in São Paulo to the proposal to be submitted via SAGe system;

c) Proposers must demonstrate that a principal investigator from a Max Planck Institute will agree to be a research cooperation partner and mentor, if the proposal is approved by FAPESP. It must be indicated that Max Planck Institute will also offer the possibility to access its expertise and infrastructure, if necessary;

d) A signed letter in MPI letterhead establishing the commitment above described must be submitted with the proposal. Proposals that fail to present such letter will be returned without review;

e) Joint activities between the Tandem Research Group affiliated to a Higher Education and Research Institution in the State of São Paulo and its cooperation partners in the respective Max Planck Institute can include:

- exchange of researchers, including doctoral and postdoctoral fellows;

- integrating highly talented PhD students from the doctoral training program (IMPRS) into the Tandem Research Group;

- integrating highly talented Brazilian PhD students from the Tandem Research Group into the doctoral training program (IMPRS) at Max Planck Institutes;

- joint collaborative research activities;

- joint seminars and workshops.

5.1.7 Duration of the project

5.1.7.1 The duration of the proposed project must be 60 months. The duration may be extended up to one year, when requested at the end of the fourth year, and depending upon a successful merit review (total maximum of 72 months).

5.1.7.2 During the development of the research project it is expected that the Young Investigator will apply to positions opened at the host institution in São Paulo, for a permanent position (tenure track option).

5.1.7.3 After the conclusion of the project, if the Young Investigator obtained a permanent position in a university or research institution in the State of São Paulo, he/she can continue his/her research activities by applying for funding in FAPESP regular lines.

5.1.8 Timeline

Call announced by FAPESP and Max Planck

April, 2017

Closing date for submission of proposals

May, 22nd 2017

FAPESP analysis

May – July, 2017

Selection Symposium

August, 2017

Approved proposals notified

September, 2017

Closing date to submit a letter of support from an interested institution in the State of São Paulo (for those who did not submit it at first)

October, 2017

Final approved proposals notified

November, 2017

5.2 Assessment criteria, evaluation and selection

For the selected proposals FAPESP will provide funding for:

5.2.1 Costs allowed by FAPESP in YIA as described in item 7 of the YIA Guidelines www.fapesp.br/en/6251;

5.2.2 A Young Researcher Fellowship, until the Young Investigator obtains a permanent position at the host institution or for five years, whichever happens first. The monthly value of the scholarship is announced at www.fapesp.br/3162.

5.2.3 Exceptionally for this Call, proposals submitted as Young Investigators Awards (YIA) may request, further to item 5.2.1 above, one Post-Doctoral (PD) fellowship quota, for a post-doc to be selected by the Young Investigator, if his/her proposal is approved. In all cases FAPESP’s rules for the Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program, as described at www.fapesp.br/en/5427, and norms for the award of Post-Doctoral Fellowships attached to Thematic Projects, as described at www.fapesp.br/en/5100, need to be observed.

5.2.4 The analysis and selection procedures will be based on the FAPESP Young Investigator Program, available at Section 11 of the YI guidelines. Upon receipt, proposals will be initially screened considering the eligibility aspects described on Section 4 above.

5.2.5 The eligible proposals accepted for review will:

a) Be sent first to reviewers chosen by the corresponding Scientific Area Committee at FAPESP;

b) With the reviews received the proposals will be analyzed in a second step by the Scientific Area Committee and by the Adjunct Scientific Committee of FAPESP.

5.2.6 The merit review process will evaluate primarily:

5.2.6.1 The Principal Investigator:

a) The applicants must be an early-career researcher that has already a remarkable scientific output for their career level, evaluated by the summary of their Curriculum Vitae;

b) The applicant must be apt to independently coordinate a research project in order to start the formation of a research group.

5.2.6.2 The grant proposal:

a) Definition of the objectives;

b) Originality and importance of the intended contributions for the respective research field;

c) Innovative scientific rationale and chosen methods;

d) Adequacy of the requested resources to the desired scientific or technological contribution.

5.2.7 The third and final step of the evaluation procedure will be carried out jointly by FAPESP and Max Planck Institutes through the MPG Liaison Office for Latin America.

5.2.7.1 A joint ad hoc commission whose members are internationally recognized researchers from Max Planck Institutes and from Higher Education and Research Institutions in the State of Sao Paulo will rank the reviewed proposals. The joint ad hoc committee will recommend the names of six candidates to be invited to a Selection Symposium.

5.2.7.2 At the Selection Symposium, the invited candidates will present their research plan and explain in individual interviews how they intend to solve a concrete scientific question and to build an independent research group in cooperation between a Higher Education and Research institution in the State of Sao Paulo and a Max Planck Institute.

5.2.7.3 The three final candidates which are unanimously recommended by the members of the ad hoc commission during the selection symposium will be approved for funding.

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

5.2.9 Final results will be announced on FAPESP ( www.fapesp.br) web portal, through the web page of the collaborating Max Planck Institutes and by means of a communication to the candidates.

5.2.10 Selected proposals will be the object of a grant contract (FAPESP) to be signed by the PI and a representative of the Higher Education and Research Institution to which he/she will be affiliated.

5.2.11 In order to sign the grant contract, the PI must present a signed Agreement between the Hosting Higher Education and Research Institution in the State of São Paulo and the respective Max Planck Institute. This Agreement shall regulate aspects like Intellectual Property rights, confidentiality, and publication, in observance of the policies of each funding Party (Item 6).

5.2.12 FAPESP may cancel funding if, during the grant timeframe, a fact is of sufficient significance to justify cancellation, at the Scientific Director’s discretion, regardless of any other appropriate actions.

6. Intellectual Property

In addition to the general considerations described at item 7 of the YIA Guidelines www.fapesp.br/en/6251 before any funding is delivered to selected research proposals, the Host Higher Education and Research Institution in the State of São Paulo and the associated Max Planck Institute must formally agree in a Cooperation Agreement on aspects of funding, confidentiality, publication and intellectual property rights, among others, in observance of the policies of each funding Party.

7. Additional Information

7.1 All questions related to this Call must be directed to:

FAPESP
Glenda Mezarobba - Science Manager – Research Collaborations
E-mail: chamada_maxplanck@fapesp.br

MAX PLANCK
Andreas Trepte – Head of the MPG Liaison Office for Latin America
E-mail: latam@gv.mpg.de 

7.2 Information regarding this partnership, application, funding, selection criteria, proposal preparation and submission are available at:

http://www.fapesp.br/10699

http://www.fapesp.br/en/10700

https://www.mpg.de/en

 


Annex I: Specific Instructions for SAGe System (Guidelines for SAGe submission)  

1. Principle Investigator must be registered in the SAGe system:

(I) Researchers who do not have a SAGe registration should initially do so by accessing the SAGe page at www.fapesp.br/sage, clicking on “Sem cadastro?” and fill in the requested data. It is not enough to just register as a user, it is necessary to complete the cadastral data;

(II) Researchers from the State of São Paulo, already registered, must log in to SAGe with the usual identification and password to access the system homepage.

2. On the home page, select from the menu options "Acesso rápido – Atividades do Pesquisador", the link “ Nova Proposta Inicial”;

3. In the Current Calls section, select and click the link for this Call for proposals.

4. The system will display the menu "Incluir proposta" on the following page to confirm the selected Call.

5. Click the “Incluir” button to start preparing your proposal.

6. Include the requested data in all the tabs, including the list of documents to be attached;

7. Attention to the obligation to fill all items marked with "*". You must submit the project at the end of the form. Saved project does not mean submitted project;

8. If you have any doubts, you can use the Manuals link on the SAGe home page and, in the Manuals page, search for explanations in the Manuais de Apoio aos Pesquisadores.

9. IMPORTANT: It is strongly recommended to periodically check the pending proposals using the "Validar" option. This can be repeatedly as the proposal is built, allowing the necessary arrangements for submission to be made in time. When selecting the option " Validar", the SAGe system will present the impediments pending to submit the proposal considering the items that were already inserted. In case of doubts about the use of SAGE system, in addition to the Manuals, FAPESP also provides assistance at the Information Sector (11 3838-4000).

Attention: Since 01/11/2016, for proposal submission, it is mandatory to attach a scanned copy of the identification document to the SAGe register. (Access menu "Meus dados> Alteração de Cadastro" and attach the requested document in the "Documento de Identificação" in the section “ Identificação”). This obligation applies to all beneficiaries and PI’s of fellowships and grants.