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FAPESP - University of Michigan Call for Proposals 2014

Public Call for Proposals for the exchange of researchers (and post-doctoral and PhD fellows under the Scientific Cooperation Agreement between the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Brazil, and the Regents of the University of Michigan (U-M), USA.

1. Objective

FAPESP and the U-M 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 the University of Michigan respectively, to submit research proposals for the exchange of researchers between the State of São Paulo and the State of Michigan, USA, under the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.

2. Eligibility

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

2.1.1. 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 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 related mobility proposal will be cancelled.

2.1.2. By University of Michigan :

Faculty members and researchers who are assistant, associate or full professors, research professors or research scientists, or clinical faculty engaged in research.

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

2.2.1 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, as well as undergraduate students must have an ongoing FAPESP fellowship during the planned exchange mission.

2.2.2 By University of Michigan : Faculty members and researchers who are assistant, associate or full professors, research professors or research scientists, or clinical faculty engaged in research.

2.2.3 Proposals should include the names of the collaborating researchers from both the State of São Paulo and the U-M and clearly state the mutual benefits of the collaboration.

2.2.4 Undergraduate research students from both Parties, directly involved in the ongoing research project, can participate in the activities funded under this call. However, their participation can only be accepted if the proposal clearly states that the foreseen missions include also the participation of PIs from the State of São Paulo or U-M.

2.2.5 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

The present Call invites Research Proposals in the following fields of knowledge: medicine, the health sciences, humanities, social sciences, the arts, natural sciences, natural resources and the environment, engineering, kinesiology, and information science.

4. Timeline

Call announced on FAPESP and U-M websites

January 30, 2014

Closing date for submission of proposals

April 1, 2014

Successful proposals notified

May 15, 2014

5. Duration of the project for the exchange of researchers

The maximum duration of each project is 24 months, non-extendable. The collaborative activities foreseen in this project should start during calendar 2014.

6. Funding principles

6.1 FAPESP will provide funding of up to US$10,000 (ten thousand dollars) per proposal per year and U-M will provide funding of up to US$10,000 (ten thousand dollars) per proposal per year, for the duration of the grant to cover research-related mobility expenses, under the provisions of Clause 3.4 of the Scientific Cooperation Agreement established by the Parties (www.fapesp.br/7215 and www.fapesp.br/en/7216).

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 that will visit University of Michigan, USA according to item 2.2.1.

6.3 University of Michigan will provide the selected projects funds for travels (air tickets) and living allowances for researchers from the USA visiting the State of São Paulo, according to item 2.2.2.

6.4 No more than 5 proposals will be funded.

7. 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 U-M), 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, jointly written by the PI in the State of São Paulo and the PI from U-M, with one copy sent to U-M 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, 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 U-M, USA 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 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.

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

a. FAPESP Research Proposal Form;

b. Researchers Registration Form to be filled in by the PI and by all candidates for the exchange activities (only for Researchers from São Paulo);

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;

e. Worksheet with the candidates for the exchange missions;

f. A Letter of Agreement between the U-M 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.

g. 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. Submission of proposals

8.1 The proposal as specified in the previous section must be submitted by the deadline stated in section four above, both to FAPESP by the Principal Investigator from the State of São Paulo and to U-M by the Principal Investigator from U-M, USA.

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 U-M.

8.3 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/U-M 2014” written on the envelope. Only proposals with a stamped postmark date within the deadline of this Call will be processed.

8.4 Submissions to U-M should be sent as a single PDF document via email to: UM-FAPESP-Proposals @umich.edu.

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

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 U-M.

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) U-M web portals and by means of a communication to the interested PIs.

11. Contract for selected projects

Selected proposals will be the object of a grant contract (FAPESP) to be signed by the FAPESP PI and a representative of the Higher Education and Research Institution to which he/she is affiliated. Note: UM PIs will not need to sign this.

12. Grant cancellation

FAPESP or U-M 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.

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:

a. FAPESP:
Dr. Regina Costa de Oliveira, FAPESP
Biological and Agronomical Sciences Area Director
E-mail: chamada_umichigan@fapesp.br

b. University of Michigan
Professor James Paul Holloway
Vice Provost for Global and Engag