FAPESP Call for Proposals - Mobility CONFAP/Italy (MCI) – 2017

Summary: FAPESP will support short and medium term research internships in Italian Universities for recipients of FAPESP fellowships in the State of São Paulo following the same requirements for Research Internships Abroad (BEPE) Program (www.fapesp.br/bolsas/bepe).
Closing date for submission: August 8th, 2017 
FAPESP Scheme: Research Internship Abroad (BEPE)
Contact FAPESP: Mrs. Ana Paula Yokosawa, e-mail: chamada_mci@fapesp.br
CONFAP Announcement  

 
1. Introduction

The aim of this Call is to strengthen research cooperation between researchers from Brazil and researchers in Italy by offering fellowships to support the exchange of students under the Mobility CONFAP/Italy Program (MCI). FAPESP will support exclusively students/researchers formally associated with public or private Higher Education or Research Institutions in the State of São Paulo.

The Call is based on the Cooperation Agreement signed on February 1st, 2017, between CONFAP and the University of Bologna, acting as Technical Secretariat of the network of Italian Universities (see participating institutions at http://www.mci.unibo.it/en/brazilian-candidates/academic-opportunities/institutionslist).

All applicants from the State of São Paulo must have a collaborator associated to an University in Italy as their co-applicant (host researcher).

For this opportunity, applicants from the State of São Paulo must adhere to the following guidelines concerning the submission of funding requests for fellowships.

2. Funding opportunities

The fellowship levels available in this Call are:

a) Masters (BEPE-MS) – for graduate students;

b) Doctorate (BEPE-DR) and Honours Doctorate (BEPE-DD) – for graduate students;

c) Post-doctorate (BEPE-PD) – for talented scientists associated to research projects.

The research internship in Italy will be necessarily part of the research project in a regular FAPESP fellowship in the State of São Paulo and support cannot be requested independently. The applicant must have a collaborator associated to a University in Italy as their supervisor (host researcher).

The approval of the Research internship in Italy implies the interruption of the FAPESP fellowship in the State of São Paulo, to be resumed after the student/researcher returns from abroad.

3. Who can apply

3.1. FAPESP considers eligible to submit proposals to this call:

a) Supervisors of students/researchers who have an ongoing fellowship awarded by FAPESP in the MS, DD, DR and PD modalities;

b) The candidates must meet the FAPESP eligibility requirements for Research Internship Abroad for each modality (http://fapesp.br/bolsas/bepe/).

c) The candidates, as described in items a) and b) above, must be proficient in Italian or in English, evidenced by a formal declaration from the advisor/supervisor of the fellowship in São Paulo.

4. Funding opportunities and Duration of the fellowships

4.1. BEPE – Master (BEPE-MS)

For students with an ongoing fellowship awarded by FAPESP in the Master modality.

The internship abroad must meet the requirements below:

a) Must begin at least twelve (12) months after the student enrolment in the graduation course;

b) Must be developed for a maximum period of 6 (six) months;

c) Must begin after the student/researcher has already completed all the compulsory subjects in his/her graduate program;

c.1) FAPESP might analyze submissions for this opportunity before all the necessary credits have been met, upon presentation of detailed justification and the fulfillment of a sufficient number of credits to the development of the project;

d) The return to Brazil must occur at least four (4) months before the expiration of the fellowship awarded by FAPESP in the State of São Paulo.

4.2. BEPE – Doctorate and Honour Doctorate

For students with an ongoing fellowship awarded by FAPESP in the Doctorate or Honour Doctorate modality.

The internship abroad must meet the requirements below:

a) Must begin at least twelve (12) months after the student enrolment in the graduation course;

b) Must be developed for a maximum period of 12 (twelve) months;

c) Must begin after the student/researcher has already completed all the compulsory subjects in his/her graduate program;

c.1) FAPESP might analyze submissions for this opportunity before all the necessary credits have been met, upon presentation of detailed justification and the fulfillment of a sufficient number of credits to the development of the project;

d) The return to Brazil must occur at least four (4) months before the expiration of the fellowship awarded by FAPESP in the State of São Paulo.

4.3. BEPE – Post-Doctorate

For researchers with an ongoing fellowship awarded by FAPESP in the Post-Doctorate modality.

The internship abroad must meet the requirements below:

a) Must begin at least six (6) months after the beginning of the Post-Doctorate fellowship awarded by FAPESP;

b) Must be developed for a maximum period of 12 (twelve) months;

c) The return to Brazil must occur at least four (4) months before the expiration of the fellowship awarded by FAPESP in the State of São Paulo.

5. Eligible Costs

a. A monthly fellowship as described at www.fapesp.br/7798, from six (6) to up to twelve (12) months, depending on the fellowship modality;

b. Airline ticket and health insurance;

c. Funds for initial expenses (Settlement Aid), in the amount of one additional monthly fee (for Research Internship Abroad of three (3) or more than three (3) months long).

FAPESP will not fund school fees, bench fees or other fees or benefits for dependents.

6. Proposal Characteristics

The proposal shall be composed of:

6.1 A Research Project to be developed during the internship abroad, having a maximum of ten (10) pages of scientific content;

6.2 The following mandatory additional documents required by FAPESP:

* The items (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f) and (g) must be presented in English.

a. Summary of the main research project, related to the ongoing fellowship awarded by FAPESP in the State of São Paulo (1 page);

b. An objective description of the research activities to be performed, emphasizing their relevance to the main research project related to the ongoing fellowship awarded by FAPESP in the State of São Paulo;

c. Justification for the University choice in Italy;

d. CV of the host researcher in Italy;

e. A declaration signed by the host researcher accepting to receive the candidate and agreeing to issue a detailed opinion on the Final Scientific Report of the research project carried out in the internship under his/her supervision;

f. A review from the host researcher on the scientific merit and feasibility of the proposed research project;

g. A formal declaration of the advisor/supervisor attesting the proficiency of the student/researcher in Italian or in English, necessary for the internship abroad;

h. Updated academic record (excluding Post Doctorate fellowship holders): Master, Honour Doctorate and Doctorate fellowship holders must present the academic record of the ongoing graduation course;

i. Updated summary of the CV (only for Post Doctorate fellowship holders);

j. A formal declaration from the candidate committing himself/herself to return to the country;

k. Letter from the Italian Institution accepting the candidate, indicating the host researcher (this Letter may be presented after the approval of the proposal);

l. Acknowledgement letter from the legal representative of the Institution in the State of São Paulo, authorizing the temporary leaving of the candidate, specifying the period of the research internship abroad (this letter may be presented after the approval of the proposal).

7. Timeline

Announcement

June 12th, 2017

Deadline for submission

August 8th , 2017

Results

September 29th 2017

8. Submission to FAPESP

The advisor/supervisor of the candidate must submit the proposal, identifying the research team as well as the host researcher abroad.

The proposals must be associated to an ongoing fellowship awarded by FAPESP and submitted exclusively through SAGe at www.fapesp.br/sage.

The specific guidelines for the research proposal submission can be found at SAGe, on the link “Manuais” > “Submissão de Proposta de Bolsa Estágio de Pesquisa no Exterior” (Portuguese only).

Important: The reactivation of the fellowship awarded by FAPESP in the State of São Paulo, starting the day after the candidate’s return to Brazil, must be requested in its own process file, informing the internship research and the probable day of its conclusion. It is recommended that the reactivation request is submitted 30 days before the expiration of the Research Internship Abroad grant contract.

9. Analysis and selection

All valid proposals will be evaluated using the regular procedures for Research Internship Abroad (http://fapesp.br/bolsas/bepe/).

10. Result of the analysis

Final results will be announced at FAPESP website (www.fapesp.br).

11. Contract of the selected proposals

Selected proposals will be object of a grant contract (FAPESP) to be signed by the student and his/her advisor/supervisor and a legal representative of the Higher Education and Research Institution to which he/she is affiliated.

12. Intellectual Property rights

In case of approval, a Letter of Agreement has to be formulated between the Partner Host Institution in Italy and the Host Institution to which the Principal Investigator from São Paulo is affiliated, establishing how Intellectual Property rights, confidentiality, and publications will be treated jointly, in observance of the policies of each funding Party. The Letter of Agreement is not mandatory for the submission of proposals, but no approved project will be contracted before the presentation of a copy of the signed Agreement. Ownership of IP generated during the project and rights to exploitation, as well as any costs regarding management of IP, are expected to be agreed between the collaborating research organizations before the research begins. The presentation of this Letter of Agreement is mandatory before the signature of the grant award in case of FAPESP funding.

13. Grant cancellation

FAPESP may cancel funding if, during the grant timeframe, a significant event justifies its cancellation, without prejudice of any other appropriate actions.

14. Information about this Call

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

FAPESP

Mrs. Ana Paula Yokosawa
Technical Scientific Advisor
E-mail: chamada_mci@fapesp.br

CONFAP

confap.mci@gmail.com