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Call for Joint Research Proposals FAPESP - CONICYT 2019


Summary

Closing date for submission of proposals:

June 17, 2019

FAPESP scheme:

Regular Research Grants

Maximum duration of the projects:

Up to 24 months

Eligibility:

Researchers affiliated with Higher Education or Research Institutions in the State of So Paulo (according to Item 7.5.a)

Submission of proposals:

Through SAGe System by the researcher in So Paulo; no documents should be submitted directly to CONICYT

Contact FAPESP:

Alexandre Roccatto – chamada-conicyt@fapesp.br

Contact CONICYT:

Andrea Cibotti through https://ayuda.conicyt.cl/hc/es


1. INTRODUCTION

The So Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Brazil and the Comisin Nacional de Investigacin Cientfica y Tecnolgica (CONICYT), Chile, launch a call for joint research projects.

The aim of this call is to promote and strengthen collaboration between researchers affiliated with Higher Education and Research Institutions in the state of So Paulo, Brazil and Chile.

2. RESEARCH AREAS

The present Call invites Research Proposals in all fields of knowledge.

3. DURATION OF PROJECTS

The maximum project duration is 24 months.

4. FINANCIAL SUPPORT

The call aims at giving financial support to selected joint research. Each side shall finance its own national research teams.

CONICYT is prepared to fund up to CLP $20.000.000, twenty million Chilean pesos, per project/per year and FAPESP is prepared to fund up to R$ 100.000, one hundred thousand reais, per project/per year.

4.1 CONICYT will fund the Chilean research team under the following conditions:

a) Equipment: Acquisition of minor research equipment (national or imported, with a limit of a 25% of total project) and their related accessories, only if they are strictly needed for the correct project execution, the cost associated to this item may include:

- Transport, transport insurance and import taxes;

- Infrastructure modifications related to equipment functions;

- Training courses related to equipment use.

b) Administrative costs: Incidental and minor expenses discriminated in the project, such as services done by physical or juridical persons and acquisition of consumption materials:

- Payment of eventual contracts of maintenance or services;

- Field trips, including insurance if needed;

- Materials for printing, filming and recording, drawing, photography;

- Laboratory functioning and others;

- Software acquisition.

c) Mobility for the Chilean research team:

- Daily allowances of CLP $150.000, one hundred and fifty thousand Chilean pesos, per day for international trips and for national trips, to cover for lodging and for meals. Both national and international trips with a maximum duration of 30 days for the Principal Investigator, co-researchers and Chilean research team (post-docs, graduate students, undergraduate students, and other researchers) [1];

- International and national travel tickets for research team; all travel tickets must be in economy class.

d) Personnel costs: Postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students, research associates and technical staff whose services are specifically associated to project execution. Part-time work must be proportional to the time dedicated and responsibilities on project’s activities. Principal Investigator, associate researchers, and personnel associated with academic institutions participating in the project are not considered.

e) Dissemination activities, including assistance to seminars, websites, workshops, magazines and costs associated to publish the results of this project.

CONICYT does not include overheads.

4.2 FAPESP will fund the research team from the state of So Paulo under the following conditions:

a) For the applicant researcher in the state of So Paulo, the collaborative proposal will be processed at FAPESP as a Regular Research Grant (“Auxlio Pesquisa - Regular);

b) FAPESP may fund the equivalent amount of up to R$ 100.000,00 per project/per year including fundable budget items and applicable overheads (“Reserva Tcnica”);

c) Fundable budget items follow the usual conditions of the Regular Research Grant (www.fapesp.br/apr), which include equipment with individual cost of up to the equivalent of R$ 100.000,00, consumables, third-party services, mobility costs for researchers and technical training fellowships. The usual expenses covered by overheads are applicable (“RT/BC”).

4.3 Funding requests from CONICYT and FAPESP do not have to be equal; proposals should have a budget that reflects the participation of scientists from each region. It is envisaged that applications will be for a balanced partnership, not specifically in monetary terms but with equivalent research commitment and efforts from both sides. The only requirement is that the funding rules of each agency must be followed.

5. WHO CAN BE FUNDED

Research groups, specialists (researchers) linked to nonprofit institutions or centers such as: Higher education institutions, research institutions (public or private) and research centers eligible to FAPESP and CONICYT for the offered grant modalities. Please check the eligibility criteria in item 7.5 below.

6. TIMELINE

Call announced on FAPESP and CONICYT websites

April 24, 2019

Closing date for submission of proposals

June 17, 2019

Successful proposals notification estimated date

October 21, 2019

7. SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

Proposals are to be submitted only to FAPESP before or on June 17, 2019, by the Principal Investigator of the proposal from the state of So Paulo. 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 CONICYT.

7.1 Submissions can only be accepted through the SAGe online platform, available at www.fapesp.br/sage.

a) The specific path for this opportunity is:

Nova Proposta Inicial > “Chamadas Vigentes” > CONICYT - Projeto de Pesquisa - Regular / Chamada de Propostas (2019);

b) No documents should be sent to CONICYT by the partner research from Chile;

c) Chilean partner researchers must check national requirements available at http://www.conicyt.cl/pci;

d) The Chilean Principal Investigator must be registered at the SAGe platform before been able to be chosen as the partner researcher in the proposal. This must be done in the English version of SAGe and choosing the option “Not Registered?”. Only the data fields marked as “ * ” are obligatory. After being appointed at the proposal, the Chilean PI must confirm participation;

e) Proposals submitted by any other means will not be accepted.

7.2 Joint Research Project

The proposal shall include a unique Joint Research Project (maximum of 15 pages, in English) written jointly by applicants from Chile and from the state of So Paulo. The research project shall include a clear description of the planned collaboration (distribution of work per year/per side and methods of implementation) and the added value to be expected from the collaboration. The research plan shall include separate summarized budget tables from both partners (in a single page) and bibliography.

7.3 Submission conditions specific to FAPESP

Submission to FAPESP will follow the general rules for Regular Research Grant (www.fapesp.br/apr), except as determined by this call for proposals.

The application shall include the following specific information and documentation, along with the usual Regular Research Grant requirements:

a) The common Joint Research Project with a maximum of fifteen (15) pages of scientific content (as of item 7.2 above);

b) Summary CV of the Principal Investigators from So Paulo and from Chile (in English, following the guidelines at www.fapesp.br/en/6351); the proponent from Chile must be registered at the SAGe platform (item 7.1.d above);

c) Summary CVs of Collaborating Researchers from So Paulo and from Chile (in English, following the guidelines at www.fapesp.br/en/6351); only researchers from So Paulo must be registered at the SAGe platform.

7.4 Submission conditions specific to CONICYT

The joint proposal shall include the following documentation provided by the Chilean Principal Investigator [2], to be uploaded to the SAGe online platform:

a) Letter of Institutional support (sponsorship), signed by the legal representative of the Sponsoring National Institution to which the principal investigator belongs according to the available template(“Compromiso Institucin Patrocinante Chilena,” signed as a PDF file);

b) CONICYT specific Budget Worksheet according to the available template (“Presupuesto”), in Chilean pesos;

c) Certificate recognizing the obtained PhD degree of the Chilean Principal Investigator (PDF file);

d) CVs of all Chilean national research team members, in English; these researchers do not need to be registered at the SAGe platform (in English, following the guidelines at www.fapesp.br/en/6351 and collected as a single PDF document);

e) Description of the Chilean technical team, which may comprise researchers, students and technicians (as a single PDF document).

For further detailed information, applicants must follow the national requirements on the Terms of Reference of CONICYT, available at http://www.conicyt.cl/pci.

7.5 Eligibility criteria

Applicants from Chile and from the state of So Paulo must satisfy the eligibility criteria of CONICYT and FAPESP:

a) For FAPESP: Terms of reference available at www.fapesp.br/apr (particularly on items 3.3 and 6);

b) For CONICYT: Terms of reference at www.conicyt.cl/pci.

Applicants must be aware that submitted proposals may not pass to merit evaluation should eligibility criteria is not met in either side.

8. REVIEW OF PROPOSALS

The proposals shall be peer reviewed by So Paulo, Chilean or International experts. A bilateral scientific panel will consolidate the external reviews and rate the scientific quality of the applications for decision-making.

Only the proposals jointly selected by CONICYT and FAPESP will be funded.

8.1 The evaluation criteria should include, among others:

Category

Evaluation Criteria

Quality of the proposal

Scientific quality of the proposal

Scientific and management competences

Capacity and adequacy of the research team

Potential Impact

Scientific and technological impact of the project

8.1.1 Scientific quality:

a) Scientific merit of the proposal: excellency, scope and relevance (national and international) of the subject; objectives; methodology; originality; potential for scientific and technological innovation; potential for development of new products and processes; global targets and multi and interdisciplinary perspectives;

b) Coherence among objectives, methodology, expected results and timetable of the research plan;

c) Partnerships: interaction between Brazilian and Chilean research teams; institutional links, also with private sector in case that they exist; strategic importance, benefits and relevance of foreseen international cooperation;

d) Coherence and adequacy of the demanded budget in relation with the objectives and goals fixed for the project and with the global budget available for the Call for Proposals.

8.1.2 Management and Scientific skills of research team:

a) Scientific merit of project leaders and participants of research teams involved in the project: competence; level of academic formation; scientific and technological co-production (publications, patents and others); skill to orientate capacity building of students; and available time to work in the project;

b) Coherence and adequacy between formation/experience of research teams involved in the project and the objectives, activities and goals fixed for the project;

c) Available infrastructure and support in the participating institutions for the execution of the project, and compatibility of the infrastructure and the support team with the project’s research plan;

d) Financial counterpart of the participating institutions, as well as other existing grants to support the activities of the project.

8.1.3 Scientific and technological impact:

a) General expected results: joint publications, capacity building of students, socioeconomic impacts and other mutual benefits that may be generated from such international cooperation;

b) Potential of dissemination of scientific and technological knowledge yielded by the project.

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

8.3 Binational Evaluation Committee

a) CONICYT and FAPESP will designate an Evaluation Committee, specially appointed for this Call;

b) The funding of the proposals approved by CONICYT and FAPESP will be agreed between the two institutions;

c) The selected projects will be published on the websites of FAPESP and CONICYT - available athttp://www.fapesp.br/ and http://www.conicyt.cl.

9. STARTING OF THE SELECTED PROPOSALS

9.1 At FAPESP:

a) A Letter of Agreement regarding Intellectual Property Rights must be issued before FAPESP sends out the Grant Contract to the proponent (as of item 10 below);

b) Selected proposals start as soon as the Grant Contract is signed by FAPESP, the proponent and the legal representative of the Higher Education and Research Institution to which he/she is affiliated.

9.2 At CONICYT:

a) Following the official communication of the grant, CONICYT will send the financing agreement to each Chilean counterpart for the respective signatures;

b) This agreement shall expressly establish the rights and obligations of each of the parties, the duration of the project and all clauses, which safeguards the fulfillment of the objectives of the project;

c) For all legal purposes and the subscription of the respective agreement, CONICYT's counterpart will be the Sponsoring National Institution of the Principal Investigator [3];

d) The starting date of the project will be from the date of the completion of the entire administrative procedure in CONICYT that approves the financing agreement and will have a duration of 24 months;

e) The resources granted by CONICYT will be transferred to the National Sponsoring Institution in Chile;

f) Funds for the second year of the project will be transferred by CONICYT once the technical progress report has been approved and the respective accountability for all the funds delivered in the previous year has been presented and approved.

10. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

In case of approval, a Letter of Agreement has to be formulated between the Partner Host Institution in Chile and the Host Institution to which the Principal Investigator from So Paulo is affiliated, establishing how Intellectual Property Rights, confidentiality, and publications will be treated jointly, in observance of the policies of each funding Party. 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 a signed copy of this Letter of Agreement is mandatory before the signature of the grant contract in the case of FAPESP.

11. GRANT CANCELLATION

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

12. FUNDING AGENCIES AND CONTACT POINTS:

Region

Funding Agency

Contact

State of So Paulo, Brazil

Fundao de Amparo Pesquisa do Estado de So Paulo - FAPESP

http://www.fapesp.br/en

Alexandre Roccatto
Science Manager

chamada-conicyt@fapesp.br

Chile

National commission for science and technology research - CONICYT

Programa de Cooperacin Internacional (PCI) http://www.conicyt.cl/pci

Andrea Cibotti
Project Coordinator

https://ayuda.conicyt.cl/hc/es



[1] Find glossary in CONICYT national terms of reference at: http://www.conicyt.cl/pci/category/lineas-del-programa/investigacion-conjunta/

[2] For purposes of this Call, the Principal Investigator assumes the commitments and obligations that its execution requires and acts as technical counterpart to CONICYT. Is responsible for the timely delivery of the technical reports requested, as well as the corresponding account surcharges. Must reside permanently in Chile during the execution of the project. Must work in the Chilean National Sponsoring Institution of the project.

[3] For definitions, please see the glossary on CONICYT’s terms of reference.

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