FAPESP-NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY: CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2013

Public Call for Proposals for the exchange of researchers, post-doctoral and PhD fellows under the Scientific Cooperation Agreement between the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Brazil, and North Carolina State University (NC State), USA.

1. Introduction

FAPESP and NC State make public this Call for Proposals and invite interested researchers affiliated with Higher Education and Research Institutions in the State of São Paulo, Brazil and with NC State, respectively, to submit research proposals for the exchange of researchers, post-doctoral and PhD fellows, between the State of São Paulo and the State of North Carolina, USA, under the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.

2. Objective

This call is open to relevant NC State researchers who propose a collaborative project with relevant FAPESP funded researchers. This Call for Proposals is being announced simultaneously by FAPESP and NC State.

3. Eligibility

3.1 Eligibility to submit proposals within the scope of this Call:

3.1.1 By FAPESP:

a) Principal Investigators of ongoing research projects funded by FAPESP within the following funding lines: Regular Research Awards, Thematic Projects, Young Investigators, Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (CEPIDs/RIDCs), Public Education Research Program, Research in Public Policies, and Research Partnership for Technological Innovation (PITE). Co-Principal Investigators of ongoing Thematic Projects, CEPIDs/RIDCs and PITEs are also eligible to apply.

b) FAPESP will only accept one application per related ongoing research project. Likewise, each Principal Investigator can present only one proposal to this Call.

c) The ongoing research project linked to this proposal must have a minimum of six months left at the scheduled beginning of the mobility project. FAPESP may accept proposals submitted to this call linked to research proposals that are still undergoing merit review. However, if the research proposal is still under analysis or has not been approved by the time the proposals in this Call are selected, the related mobility proposal will be cancelled.

3.1.2 By NC State: NC State tenure/tenure-track faculty or EPA professionals with requisite approval.

3.2 Eligibility for the exchange activities within the scope of this Call:

a) By FAPESP: Principal and Co-Principal Investigators of the ongoing research projects funded by FAPESP as well Associated Researchers from Higher Education and Research Institutions in the State of São Paulo directly involved in the ongoing research project. The eligible post-doctoral and PhD fellows must have an ongoing FAPESP fellowship during the planned exchange mission.

b) By NC State: Principal and Co-Principal Investigators and associated researchers, including post-doctoral fellows and select graduate students at NC State.

c) The proposals must aim to respect the principle of reciprocity with regard to academic qualifications of those who will take part in the exchange activities.

4. Fields of knowledge

This Call for Proposals invites research proposals in all fields.

5. Timeline

Call announced on FAPESP and NC State websites

August 2, 2013

Closing date for submission of proposals

September 9, 2013

Successful proposals notified

November 12, 2013

Starting date of the selected proposals

January 2, 2014

6. Duration

The maximum duration of each project is 24 months, non-extendable.

7. Funding principles

7.1 FAPESP will provide funding of up to US$10,000 per proposal per year and NC State will each provide funding of up to US$10,000 per proposal per year, for the duration of the grant to cover mobility expenses, under the provisions of eighth clause of the Scientific Cooperation Agreement established by the Parties (www.fapesp.br/en/7007).

a) FAPESP will provide the selected proposals with funds for travel (air tickets), health insurance and living allowances for researchers and fellows from the State of São Paulo that will visit North Carolina, USA, according to item 3.2a.

b) NC State will provide the selected projects funds for travels (air tickets), health insurance, and living allowances for researchers from North Carolina, USA visiting the State of São Paulo, according to item 3.2b.

8. Proposal Characteristics

The proposal, in English, consists of an identical research project to be submitted to both Parties and the required documentation for each Party (FAPESP and NC State), under the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth. The exchange activities to be carried out by the researchers and fellows from São Paulo must be thematically related to the ongoing research project funded by FAPESP.

8.1 A research project with a maximum of five (5) pages of scientific content, with one copy sent to NC State and another copy sent to FAPESP, including the following items:

8.1.1 A description of the foreseen exchange activities, including:

a) A substantive description of the activities, emphasizing their relevance;

b) A timeline for each specific exchange mission, considering the limit of missions and resources established in this Call;

c) Performance indicators for the planned activities;

d) A description of each candidate’s contribution to the mission, explaining their expertise to carry out the foreseen activities;

e) Foreseen actions adding to the impact of the exchange for NC State and for the Host Institution in the State of São Paulo, e.g. by means of seminars, short courses and visits to other institutions that carry out research activities in cognate areas;

8.1.2 A one-page summary of the FAPESP funded research project to which the mobility proposal relates, including:

a) Current and expected results;

b) A description of the project activities that will benefit from the exchange activities;

c) A description of the expected academic gains for the research project resulting from the proposed exchange activities;

d) A description of the infrastructure and financial resources available for the research project, excluding the mobility expenses requested in the proposal.

8.2 In addition to the research project above referred, the proposal must include the following items:

a) Research Proposal Form;

b) Researchers Registration Form to be filled in by the PI and by all candidates for the exchange activities;

c) CV Summaries of the Principal Investigators on both sides and of all candidates for the exchange activities (guidelines at www.fapesp.br/en/6351);

d) Budget forms;

f) Worksheet with the candidates for the exchange missions;

g) Under the provisions of the seventh clause of the Scientific Cooperation Agreement signed by FAPESP and NC State, NC State and the Higher Education and Research Institution in the State of São Paulo to which the Brazilian PI is affiliated must establish a Cooperation Agreement which must include but is not restricted to Intellectual Property rights, confidentiality, and publication, in observance of the policies of each funding Party. The Agreement is not mandatory for the submission of proposals, but no approved project will have funds released before the presentation of a copy of the signed Agreement;

h) For proposals related to ongoing FAPESP PITE projects, the PI must present a Statement of Consent by the partnering company agreeing with the application to this CFP.

9. Submission of proposals

9.1 The proposal as specified in the previous section must be submitted by the deadline stated in section five above, both to FAPESP by the Principal Investigator from the State of São Paulo and to NC State by the Principal Investigator from North Carolina, USA.

9.2 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 NC State.

9.3 Submissions to FAPESP can only be accepted in paper, via mail, to the following address: Rua Pio XI, 1500, Alto da Lapa, CEP 05468-901 – São Paulo/SP, with “Chamada FAPESP/North Carolina State University 2013” written on the envelope. Only proposals with a stamped postmark date within the deadline of this Call will be processed.

9.4 Principal Investigators at NC State must submit all proposals electronically in the internal grant submissions system (PINS) as well as by email to the Office of International Affairs at international-affairs@ncsu.edu.

9.5 Proposals submitted by any other means will not be accepted. Late submissions will be returned.

10. Analysis and selection

10.1 Each Party will select the proposals according to its own procedures. Only the proposals selected by both Parties will be funded.

10.2 The proposals will be pre-qualified and, subsequently, analyzed by way of a competitive process which will evaluate the merit and relevance of the project, the relation of the proposed project to the ongoing project funded by FAPESP, the capacity of the proposed project to leverage further research funding, and the strategic research aims of NC State.

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

11. Result of the analysis

Final results will be announced on FAPESP (www.fapesp.br) and the North Carolina State University (http://oia.ncsu.edu/fapesp_rfp2013) web portals and by means of a communication to the interested PIs.

12. Contract for selected projects

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

13. Grant cancellation

FAPESP or NC State may cancel funding if, during the grant timeframe, a fact is of sufficient gravity to justify cancellation, at the Scientific Director’s discretion, without prejudice of any other appropriate actions.

14. Appeals and Information about this Call

14.1 The proponent who does not appeal against the terms of this Call for Proposals until the second weekday before the closing date set for proposal submission will forfeit the right to do so. 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.

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

FAPESP: Dr. Vera Viviane Schmidt, Area Director, Chamada_uncsu_fapesp@fapesp.br 

NC State: Mr. David Dixon, International Programs Coordinator, david_dixon@ncsu.edu

The Scientific Cooperation Agreement between FAPESP and NC State is available here.

Information at NC State about the call: http://oia.ncsu.edu/fapesp_rfp2013

(The FAPESP e-mail above was cancelled after this call for proposals)