Public Call for Proposals for the exchange of researchers and post-doctoral fellows under the Scientific Cooperation Agreement between the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Brazil, and the University of Southampton, UK.
FAPESP and the University of Southampton 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 from the University of Southampton, respectively, to submit research proposals for the exchange of researchers and post-doctoral fellows, between the State of São Paulo and United Kingdom, under the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.
This call is open to the University of Southampton researchers who propose a collaborative project with relevant FAPESP funded researchers. This Call for Proposals is being announced simultaneously by FAPESP and the University of Southampton.
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.
a) By the University of Southampton: Researchers affiliated to the University of Southampton.
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 fellows must have an ongoing FAPESP fellowship during the planned exchange mission.
b) By the University of Southampton: Researchers working within the University of Southampton (faculty and post-doctoral researchers).
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.
Call announced on FAPESP and University of Southampton websites
August 16, 2013
Closing date for submission of proposals
November 4, 2013
Successful proposals notified
February 20, 2014
Starting date of the selected proposals
March 3, 2014
The maximum duration of each project is 24 months, non-extendable.
7. Funding principles
7.1 FAPESP will provide funding of up to £5,000 per proposal per year and the University of Southampton will each provide funding of up to £5,000 per proposal per year, for the duration of the grant to cover mobility expenses, under the provisions of the eighth clause of the Scientific Cooperation Agreement established by the Parties (www.fapesp.br/en/6300).
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 United Kingdom, according to item 3.2a.
b) University of Southampton will provide the selected projects funds for travel (air tickets), health insurance, and living allowances for researchers from United Kingdom 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 University of Southampton), 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 University of Southampton 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 the University of Southampton 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.
8.2.1 To FAPESP:
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;
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 University of Southampton, University of Southampton 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.
8.2.2 To the University of Southampton:
a) University of Southampton-FAPESP Call Application Form;
b) Letters or emails of support from co-PIs confirming collaboration;
c) Detailed Financial Statement as per Application Form;
d) CV’s of principle investigators.
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 the University of Southampton by the Principal Investigator from Southampton.
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 the University of Southampton.
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/UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON 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 the University of Southampton must submit all proposals by email to the Sara Higgins, Country Development Manager for Latin America, International Office, at S.Higgins@soton.ac.uk
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 the University of Southampton.
10.3 Proposals that do not comply with the terms of this Call will not qualify for analysis.
11. Result of the analysis
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 the University of Southampton may cancel funding if, during the grant timeframe, a fact is of sufficient gravity to justify cancellation 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON: Sara Higgins, Country Development Manager for Latin America at S.Higgins@soton.ac.uk
The Scientific Cooperation Agreement between FAPESP and University of Southampton is available here.