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FAPESP-UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE - 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 University of Cambridge (CAMBRIDGE), United Kingdom - UK.

1. Objective

FAPESP and CAMBRIDGE 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 CAMBRIDGE, respectively, to submit research proposals for the exchange of researchers, post-doctoral fellows and PhD fellows, between the State of São Paulo and the UK, under the following terms and conditions.

2. Eligibility

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

2.1.1 For 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 researcher 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 mobility proposal will be cancelled.

2.1.2 For CAMBRIDGE:

All Principal Investigators in the School of Biological Sciences and wishing to propose collaborative projects involving researchers funded by FAPESP.

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

2.2.1 For FAPESP:

Besides the proponent, team members of the related research awards are eligible, since previously defined in the ongoing process as:

a) Co-Principal Investigators;

b) Associated Researchers affiliated to Higher Education and Research Institutions in the State of São Paulo. Researchers who are Post-doctoral fellows must have an ongoing FAPESP fellowship during the planned exchange mission.

c) PhD fellows must have an ongoing FAPESP fellowship during the planned exchange mission.

2.2.2 For CAMBRIDGE:

Principal and Co-Principal Investigators in the School of Biological Sciences, and any other researchers (including PhD students and postdoctoral researchers) associated to the proposed research project.

2.2.3 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.

3. Fields of knowledge

This Call for Proposals invites research proposals to be developed within the Biological Science areas.

4. Timeline

Call announced by FAPESP and CAMBRIDGE

December 10, 2013

Closing date for submission of proposals

March 24, 2014

Successful proposals notified after

Jun 24, 2014

Starting date of the selected proposals after

July 15, 2014

5. Duration

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

6. Funding principles

6.1 FAPESP will provide the equivalent in Reais of up to £5,000.00 (Five Thousand Pounds Sterling) per proposal per year and CAMBRIDGE will provide funding of up to £5,000.00 (Five Thousand Pounds Sterling) 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/8074) .

6.2 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 in scientific mission to UK, according to item 2.2.

6.3 CAMBRIDGE will provide the selected projects funds for travel (air tickets), health insurance, and living allowances for researchers from UK in scientific mission to State of São Paulo, according to item 2.2.

6.4 Each Party will commit up to the equivalent of £15,000.00 (Fifteen Thousand Pounds Sterling) per year in the present call.

7. Proposal Characteristics

The proposal, in English, consists of identical research projects to be submitted to both Parties alongside the required documentation for each Party (FAPESP and CAMBRIDGE), 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.

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

7.1.1 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, within the limits of scientific missions and resources as 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 CAMBRIDGE 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.

7.1.2 A one-page summary of the FAPESP funded research project to which themobility 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.

7.1.3 Description of which lines of activity of the ongoing or proposed project of the PI in Cambridge, UK, will benefit from the exchange.

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

7.2.1. To FAPESP:

a) Research Proposal Form;

b) Researchers Registration Form 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) A Letter of Agreement between CAMBRIDGE and the Higher Education and Research Institution in the State of São Paulo to which the PI from São Paulo is affiliated, including Intellectual Property rights, confidentiality, and publication, agreement, in observance of the policies of each funding Party. The Letter of Agreement is not mandatory for the submission of proposals, but no approved project will be contracted 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.

7.2.2. To CAMBRIDGE:

a) An up-to-date CV, including list of relevant publications;

b) A statement of up to (but not exceeding) 1000 words explaining the scientific basis of the proposed collaboration, and specifying how the funding requested would support and strengthen the project.

8. Submission of proposals

8. 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 CAMBRIDGE by the Principal Investigator from CAMBRIDGE.

8.2 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 CAMBRIDGE.

8.3 Submissions to FAPESP can only be accepted in printed form, by post, at the following address: Rua Pio XI, 1500, Alto da Lapa, CEP 05468-901 – São Paulo/SP, with “Chamada FAPESP/CAMBRIDGE 2014” written on the envelope.

8.4 Submissions to CAMBRIDGE can be accepted in printed form, via mail, by post, courier or in person, and must be directed to Karen Douglas, Secretary of the School of Biological Sciences, at the following address: 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX.

8.5 Only proposals with a stamped postmark date within the deadline of this Call will be processed. Late submissions will be returned. Proposals submitted by any other means will not be accepted.

9. Analysis and selection

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

9.2 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 CAMBRIDGE.

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

10. Result of the analysis

Final results will be announced on FAPESP (www.fapesp.br) and CAMBRIDGE (www.bio.cam.ac.uk) web portals and by means of a communication to the PIs.

11. Contract for selected projects

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

12. Grant cancellation

FAPESP or CAMBRIDGE may cancel funding if, during the grant timeframe, a fact is of sufficient gravity to justify cancellation, without prejudice of any other appropriate actions.

13. Appeals and Information about this Call

13.1 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.

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

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

13.2.2 CAMBRIDGE: Karen Douglas, Secretary of the School of the Biological Sciences, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX, kd234@admin.cam.ac.uk.

The Scientific Cooperation Agreement between FAPESP and the University of CAMBRIDGE is available here.