FAPESP-UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO AND THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO

2011 Call for Research Proposals

Public Call for Proposals for the support of research projects involving the Exchange of Researchers under the Scientific Cooperation Agreement between the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO and the UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO, Canada.

1 Introduction

FAPESP and the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO and the UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO make public this Call for Proposals and invite interested researchers affiliated to the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO and the UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO and researchers affiliated to Higher Education and 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 Centers (CEPIDs/RIDCs), to submit research proposals for the exchange of researchers between the State of São Paulo and Canada, under the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.

2 Purpose

The purpose of this Call is to define the conditions for the submission of proposals for the exchange of researchers from the State of São Paulo and from Canada (researchers and post-doctoral fellows) within the scope of the Scientific Cooperation Agreement between FAPESP and the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO and the UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO. This Call for Proposals is being announced simultaneously by FAPESP and the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO and the UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO.

3 Eligibility

Researchers regarded as eligible to submit proposals 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 UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO and the UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO: researchers affiliated to the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO or the UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO.

4 Fields of knowledge

This Call for Proposals invites research proposals in all fields of knowledge.

5 Timeline

Call announced on FAPESP and the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO and the UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO websites

July 15, 2011

Closing date for submission of proposals

Changed from September 30, 2011 to November 1, 2011

Successful proposals notified

Changed from January 16, 2012 to March 1, 2012

Starting date of the selected proposals

April 1, 2012

6 Duration of the project for the exchange of researchers

The exchange activities foreseen in this project must be carried out within the timeframe of the main FAPESP research grant. The maximum duration of each project is 24 months, non-extendable.

7 Funding principles

a) FAPESP will provide funding of up to Can$10,000 per proposal and per year and the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO and the UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO will each provide funding of up to $10,000 per proposal and per year, for the period established in the award, to cover reasonable research-related expenses including mobility expenses, under the provisions of clause 4 of the Scientific Cooperation Agreement made between the parties (www.fapesp.br/en/6184).

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 that will visit Canada.

c) UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO and the UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO will provide the selected projects with funds for travel (air tickets), health insurance, and living allowances for researchers from Canada visiting the State of São Paulo.

8 Proposal characteristics

Each proposal, submitted in English, shall contain:

a) Research Proposal form and Researcher’s Registration form.

b) Summary of the CV of the Principal Investigators and collaborating researchers on both sides, FAPESP and the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO and/or the UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO, (biosketch instructions at www.fapesp.br/en/6351).

c) Budget worksheets specifically designed for this Call (please enclose detailed budget according to FAPESP standards – worksheet available for download at www.fapesp.br/chamadas/UToronto_UWOntario-English.xlsx).

d) Research project with a maximum of ten (10) pages of scientific content, including the following items:

d.1. Summary of the project to which the proposal is related, including current and expected results;

d.2. Description of which lines of activity of the ongoing project of the PI in São Paulo related to the proposal will benefit from the exchange;

d.3. Description of which lines of activity of the ongoing or proposed project of the PI in Canada will benefit from the exchange.

d.4. Description of each researcher and institution involved on the São Paulo and Canadian side;

d.5. Description of the expected academic gains for the project as a result of the proposed cooperation, emphasizing their singularity and specificity;

d.6. 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;

d.7. Description of infrastructure and financial resources available for developing the research project in São Paulo and in Canada, excluding the mobility expenses requested in the proposal;

d.8. Actions to add to the impact of the exchange in the research activity in the State of São Paulo and in Canada, by means of seminars, short courses, visits to other institutions that carry out research activities in cognate areas;

d.9. 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;

d.10. Possible actions to promote future participation in multinational projects sponsored by FAPESP, NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) and/or other agencies.

d.11. Official document stating the formal commitment of the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO and/or the UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO participate, guaranteeing the availability of the facilities and equipment to develop the project (for researchers in São Paulo this is already stated in the submission form that must be signed by the institution’s Director).

d.12. Official document stating agreement with the provisions of Clause 6.1 of the cooperation agreement, related to “Confidentiality and Publications” and “Intellectual Property and Protection of Results”, respectively

9 Submission of proposals

a) Each proposal must be submitted, before the deadline specified in section 5, both to FAPESP by the Principal Investigator from the State of São Paulo and either to UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO or UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO by the Principal Investigator from Canada.

a.1. The Research Proposal, described in item 8.d must be in the form of one single 10 pages document written by the PI in São Paulo and the PI in Canada.

a.2. Submissions to FAPESP must be in the form of a Regular Research Award related to the ongoing project (enter information in the field 6 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. Submissions to FAPESP can only be accepted in paper, via mail (not through the on-line system SAGe)

a.3. Submission to the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO or UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO must be in the form of standard internal grant submissions used by each university respectively.

b) Proposals not received by both Parties before the deadline or not in conformity to the specifications herein will not be reviewed.

c) Each Party will select the proposals according to their own procedures.

d) Only the proposals selected by both Parties will be funded.

e) 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 UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO or UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO.

f) Submission must be sent to:

f.1. On the FAPESP side: all proposals either related to grants processed via FAPESP’s electronic system (SAGe), or not, shall be sent to FAPESP in paper copy, to the following address: Rua Pio XI, 1500, Alto da Lapa, CEP 05468-901 – São Paulo/SP, with “Chamada FAPESP/UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO AND THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO 2011” written on the envelope.

f.2. On the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO or UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO side: all proposals should be sent to the Office of Research Services of each university respectively.

g) 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 at FAPESP will be carried out by an ad hoc committee especially appointed by the Foundation’s Scientific Director.

b) The Vice-President (Research) of the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO or UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO will convene a similar ad hoc committee to consider proposals received at the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO and the UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO.

c) The proposals will be pre-qualified and, subsequently, reviewed 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.

d) Proposals which do not comply with the terms of this Call for Proposals will be considered “not qualified”.

11 Result of the analysis

Final results will be announced on FAPESP (www.fapesp.br) and the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO (www.utoronto.ca) and the UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO (www.uwo.ca) web portals and by means of a communication to the interested parties.

12 Contract for selected projects

a) The selected proposals will be the subject of a research agreement in writing to be signed by FAPESP and the Principal Investigator in São Paulo and an agreement between the Principal Investigator and the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO or UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO.

b) For signature of the grant agreement with FAPESP and of the grant agreement with the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO and the UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO it will be necessary for both PIs to present a signed agreement between the Sao Paulo research institution and the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO or UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO covering the items under Clause 6.1 of the FAPESP-UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO and the UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO agreement.

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.

14 Information about the Call for Proposals

All questions related to this Call for Research Proposals must be directed to:

a) FAPESP:
Dr. Eric Kors Vidsiunas, Area Director for Health Sciences
Email: chamada_utoronto_uwontario_fapesp@fapesp.br

b) UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO:
Drew Gyorke, Research Services Office
Email: drew.gyorke@utoronto.ca

c) UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO:
Hana Bokshi, Research Development & Services
E-mail: hbokshi2@uwo.ca

The Scientific Cooperation Agreement between FAPESP and the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO AND THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO is available at

FAPESP: www.fapesp.br/en/6192; and at

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO: www.research.utoronto.ca; and at

UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO: www.uwo.ca/research