Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action 2017

"Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services"

Guidelines for Proponents from the State of São Paulo, Brazil

RESEARCHERS MUST FOLLOW THE COMPLETE CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR DETAILS REGARDING APPLICATION, FUNDING, SELECTION CRITERIA, PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION at: www.belmontforum.org/opportunities/#open 

1 Introduction

Through this call, the Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA seek to promote innovative research for wiser decision-making, by developing scenarios of biodiversity change and its associated ecosystem services, resulting from the complex interaction of socio-economic changes and global environmental changes through collaborative, international, inter- and transdisciplinary research projects.

This call is supported by Belmont Forum selected funding agencies from different countries and also by BiodivERsA. 25 funding organisations from 22 countries are joining this call, the complete list of participants can be found at www.belmontforum.org/opportunities/#open

2 Scientific Research Topics

The Call will address the two following major (non-exclusive) priorities:

  • Development and application of scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services across spatial scales of relevance to multiple types of decisions

  • Consideration of multiple dimensions of biodiversity and ecosystem services in biodiversity scenarios

The call aims at supporting proposals that explicitly address a scenario dimension, taking into account the following definition of scenarios: “Scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services are the outputs of the combination of scenarios of indirect drivers and direct drivers - such as land use change, invasive alien species, overexploitation, climate change or pollution - and models of impacts of these drivers on biodiversity and ecosystem services.”

3 Grant Modality

Proposals should follow the overall conditions of Regular Research Awards (www.fapesp.br/137), observing the exceptionalities described at item 4.4 below.

4 Guidelines to Proponents

4.1 Eligibility check

a. Proponents from the State of São Paulo must be established researchers with a proven track record of participating in international interdisciplinary projects in the topic areas of the proposal.

b. It is highly recommended that interested researchers from the state of São Paulo consult FAPESP regarding their eligibility prior to consortium pre registration preparation. This procedure should avoid unnecessary efforts of researchers that ultimately would not be able to participate at the collaborative project.

c. Eligibility consultations should be sent only to the email address chamada-bf-biodiversity@fapesp.br containing the information below before November 10th (please identify the message with the subject: ”BF-BIODIVERSITY Eligibility Check”):

c.1. Summary CV of the applicant from the state of São Paulo (in English, according to the template available at www.fapesp.br/en/6351);

c.2. Title and summary of the proposal;

c.3. The name of the Main Applicant of the project consortium and of all co-Applicants from other countries, and respective institutions;

c.4. Estimated budget request to FAPESP, including overheads and eventual post-doctoral fellowships costs;

c.5. Duration of the project and an estimation of the weekly hours to be devoted to the project by the applicant from São Paulo, considering a maximum of 40 hrs/week dedicated to FAPESP’s research grants.

4.2 How to submit pre registration of projects and full proposals

a. No submissions or documents are to be sent directly to FAPESP at closing dates either for pre registration or full proposals stages. Only the Main Applicant of each consortium will submit the joint proposal according to the guidelines at: www.belmontforum.org/opportunities/#open

b. After the submission phase of the Full Proposals, the Principal Investigator from the state of São Paulo participating in a project consortium will be individually contacted by FAPESP for further instructions on how to submit the due complete documentation.

4.3 Overall conditions of the multinational call for proposals

a. The budget earmarked by FAPESP for this call will be equivalent of up to € 1.500.000 (one and a half million euros).

b. This call will support collaborative research projects of multinational research teams for 36 months, to be selected with a two-stage procedure (Pre Registration stage followed by a Full Proposal stage for the projects that successfully go through the previous stage).

c. Funding should support proposals that combine significant contributions by scientists from at least three of the participating countries.

d. It is expected that applications to this call will be through trans-national research consortia as defined in the Belmont Forum call and FAPESP will fund the partner from the State of São Paulo, Brazil, of any successful collaborative proposal.

e. FAPESP has the ultimate responsibility for decisions regarding funding recommendations for the selected proposals, which will confirm any budgetary constraints on submitted projects prior to a final decision on an award being made by the review process as described by the main Call for Proposals text at www.belmontforum.org/opportunities/#open

4.4 Exceptionalities to the norms and regulations of the Regular Research Award

a. Exceptionally for this call, a Regular Research Award may have a duration of up to 36 months.

b. The maximum allowable budget , except for Post-doctoral fellowships, is up to R$ 60.000,00 (sixty thousand reais) per year, including all applicable overheads.

c. Exceptionally for this call, up to two Post-doctoral fellowships can be requested as budget items only if the proponent, who will be the fellowships supervisor,meets the expected criteria outlined in www.fapesp.br/270#3.6.

c.1. Post-doctoral fellowships will be implemented according to regulations given in www.fapesp.br/dc/in14 .

d. Technical Training fellowships are not eligible for FAPESP funding, exceptionally for this call

e. Other allowable expenses to be requested to FAPESP are limited to the following items, and must related to support for personnel costs, basic infrastructure and mobility expenses:

e.1. Consumables as appropriate for the project activities;

e.2. Field trips and data collection;

e.3. Participation on consortium meetings and exchange of researchers with consortium member;

e.4. Short to medium term visits (3-6 months) of the FAPESP funded post-docs to consortium institutions abroad;

e.5. Personal computers and laptops limited to the PI and the post-docs involved;

e.5.i. Exceptionally for this call, other equipment Items such as laboratory equipment, computer servers, etc. are not eligible for FAPESP funding.

e.6. Payment of expenses for participation on reputable scientific conferences for presentation of project results;

e.7. Third-party services, according to the usual rules from FAPESP.

e.7.i. Exceptionally for this call, software licenses are not eligible for FAPESP funding.

5 Intelectual Property

In the cases of successful collaborative proposals, a consortium agreement shall be developed amongst all partner researchers´ host institutions, including the Institution from the state São Paulo. This document establishes how Intellectual Property rights, confidentiality and publications will be jointly treated, in observance of the policies of each involved funding agencies and host institutions. This “Letter of Agreement” is mandatory and a signed copy should be sent to FAPESP before the grant contract is signed by the awardee.

6 Timeline

Closing Date for Submission of Pre Registrations

1st December 2017

Opening Date for Full Proposals Submission

To be individually disclosed to invitees

Closing Date for Submission of Full Proposals

9th March 2018

7 Further information

a. FAPESP's National Contact Point:

For interested researchers from the State of São Paulo : Alexandre Roccatto, Science Manager at the Scientific Directorate - FAPESP: chamada-bf-biodiversity@fapesp.br

b. Call Secretariat

For general information on the call , please contact the Theme Programme Office (TPO): Sophie GERMANN, Scientific project manager, sophie.germann@agencerecherche.fr

For technical questions regarding the submission , please contact the TPO or the EPSS technical helpdesk: Taavi Tiirik, biodivscen@etag.ee

8 Partner Researcher Tool

If you are looking for a Research Partner for your Project or for a Project to join, please do not hesitate to use the BiodivERsA/Belmont Forum Partner Search Tool.