Public call for proposals for the Exchange of Researchers under the Scientific Cooperation Agreement between Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo – FAPESP – and King’s College London – KCL– United Kingdom.
FAPESP and KCL make public this Call for Proposals and invite interested researchers, working within public or private Higher Education or Research Institutions in the State of São Paulo, who are Principal Investigators of ongoing research projects funded by FAPESP within the following schemes: Regular Research Awards, Thematic Projects, Young Investigators, or Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centres (CEPIDs/RIDCs), to submit projects for the exchange of researchers between Brazil and the United Kingdom, under the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.
The purpose of this Call is to define the conditions for the submission of proposals for the exchange of researchers from Brazil and from the United Kingdom (researchers, professors-researchers, post-doctoral researchers, and when relevant PhD students writing their dissertations) within the scope of the Scientific Cooperation Agreement between FAPESP and KCL. This Call for Proposals is being announced simultaneously by FAPESP and KCL.
Researchers regarded as eligible within the scope of this Call:
a) By FAPESP: Principal Investigators of ongoing research projects funded by FAPESP within the following schemes: Regular Research Awards, Thematic Projects, Young Investigators, or Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centres (CEPIDs/RIDCs).
b) By KCL: Researchers working within KCL.
4. Fields of knowledge:
This Call for Proposals invites research proposals in all fields of science.
Call announced on FAPESP website
15 February 2011
Closing date for proposals
26 April 2011
Successful proposals notified
23 May 2011
6. Duration of the project for the exchange of researchers:
The exchanged activities foreseen in this project must be carried out within the timeframe of the main research grant. The maximum duration of each project is 24 months, non-extendable.
7. Funding principles:
a) FAPESP and KCL will provide funding of up to £ 6,000.00 per year, for the period established in the award, necessarily and exclusively to cover mobility expenses (travel costs, living allowances, and insurance costs), under the provisions of the fourth clause of the Scientific Cooperation Agreement made between the parties, included in the Appendix I of this Call.
b) FAPESP will provide the selected proposals with funds for travel (air tickets), health insurance and living allowances for researchers from the State of São Paulo working in the United Kingdom.
c) KCL will provide the selected projects with funds for travel (air tickets), health insurance, and living allowances for researchers from the United Kingdom working in the State of São Paulo.
8. Proposal characteristics:
The proposals must be submitted simultaneously to FAPESP by the researcher from the State of São Paulo and to KCL by his/her collaborator from the United Kingdom. Each Party will select the proposals according to its own procedures. Only the proposals selected by both Parties will be funded.
The proposal must be submitted to FAPESP in the form of a Regular Research Award related to the ongoing project (enter information in the field 5 of the FAPESP form for Regular Research Grant of the submission form). This grant must be exclusively directed to this call and abide to its rules.
The proposal, submitted in English, shall contain:
b) Summary of the Responsible or Principal Investigator’s CV
c) Budgeted worksheets specifically designed for this Call
d) A research project description with a maximum of ten (10) pages of scientific content, including the following items:
- Summary of the project to which the proposal is related, including current and expected results;
- Description of the lines of activity in the ongoing project that are related to the proposal that will benefit from the exchange;
- Description of each researcher and institution involved on the KCL side;
- Description of the expected academic gains for the project as a result of the proposed cooperation with the KCL team, emphasizing their singularity and specificity;
- Details of the activities foreseen in the exchange, objectively described, including justification and relevance, and the definition of the corresponding performance indicators. The role of the technical team from the executing institution must be explained;
- Description of infrastructure and financial resources available for developing the research project, excluding the mobility expenses requested in the proposal;
- Actions to add to the impact of the exchange in the research activity in the State of São Paulo, by means of seminars, short courses, visits to other institutions that carry out research activities in cognate areas;
- Timeline of each mission, provided that the total amount of missions per year do not surpass the funds stipulated in the seventh clause of this call for proposals;
- Possible actions to promote future participation in multinational projects sponsored by the European Community.
9. Submission of proposals:
a) The proponents shall submit their proposals until the closing date set in the item 5 of this Call.
b) 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 KCL.
c) All proposals, either related to grants processed via FAPESP’s electronic system (SAGe) or not, shall be sent to FAPESP in hard copy, to the following address: Rua Pio XI, 1500, Alto da Lapa, CEP 05468-901 – São Paulo/SP, with “Chamada FAPESP/KCL 2011”written on the envelope.
e) Proposals submitted by any other means will not be accepted.
10. Analysis and selection:
a) The process of analysis, qualification and selection of the proposals received by FAPESP will be carried out by anad hoccommittee especially appointed by the Foundation’s Scientific Director.
b) The proposals will be pre-qualified and, subsequently, analysed by way of a competitive process which will evaluate the merit and relevance of the project and the academic excellence of the candidate, the relation of the proposed project to the researcher’s ongoing project funded by FAPESP, and the interest of the institution that will host the researcher.
c) Proposals which do not comply with the terms of this Call will be considered “not qualified”.
11. Result of the analysis:
Final results will be announced on FAPESP (www.fapesp.br) and KCL web portals (www.kcl.ac.uk/research/groups/brazilinstitute/fapesp or https://www.kcl.ac.uk/research/internal/funding/fapesp.html) and by means of a communication to the interested parties.
12. Contract for selected projects:
The selected proposals will be the subject of an Amendment that must be signed by the researcher.
13. Grant cancellation:
FAPESP may cancel funding if, during grant implementation, a fact is of sufficient gravity to justify cancellation, at the Scientific Board of Directors’ discretion, without prejudice of any other appropriate actions.
The proponent who does not appeal against the terms of this Call for Proposals until the second weekday previous to the closing date set for proposal submission will forfeit the right to do it. The appeal filed by the proponent who, having accepted the Call without objection, points out fortuitous failures or imperfections after the analysis shall not be effective as an appeal.
All questions related to this Call for Research Proposals must be directed to:
a. FAPESP - e-mail: chamada_KCL_fapesp@fapesp.br
b. KCL: Nicola Sainsbury, Senior Assistant Registrar Research,firstname.lastname@example.org