Public Call for Proposals for the exchange of researchers under the Scientific Cooperation Agreement between the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Brazil, and the University of Bath, UK.
FAPESP and University of Bath 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 University of Bath, UK respectively, to submit research proposals for the exchange of researchers between the State of São Paulo and Bath, UK, under the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.
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 Bath:
Academic staff at University of Bath with a contract of employment for the full length of the proposed project.
2.2 Eligibility for the exchange activities within the scope of this Call
2.2.1 By FAPESP: team members of the related research awards are eligible when previously defined in the ongoing process as:
a. Principal or Co-Principal Investigators;
b. Associated Researchers affiliated to Higher Education and Research Institutions in the State of São Paulo.
(i) Associated Researchers who are Post-doctoral fellows must have an ongoing FAPESP fellowship during the planned exchange mission.
2.2.2 By University of Bath: Academic staff in the Education & Research job family (www.bath.ac.uk/hr/working/pay-reward/job-families/index.html)
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 in all fields.
Call announced on FAPESP and University of Bath websites
Closing date for submission of proposals
Successful proposals notified
5. Duration of the project for the exchange of researchers
The maximum duration of each project is 24 months, non-extendable.
6. Funding principles
6.1 FAPESP will provide funding of up to the equivalent of £5,000.00 per proposal per year and University of Bath will provide funding of up to £5,000.00 per proposal per year, for the duration of the grant to cover research-related mobility expenses, under the provisions of Clause 5 of the Scientific Cooperation Agreement established by the Parties (www.fapesp.br/en/7503).
6.2 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 in mission in UK according to item 2.2.1.
6.3 University of Bath will provide the selected projects with funds for travel (air tickets) and living allowances for researchers from UK in mission to the State of São Paulo, according to item 2.2.2.
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 University of Bath), under the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth. The exchange activities to be carried out by the researchers from São Paulo must contribute to the ongoing research project funded by FAPESP.
7.1 A research project/case for support with a maximum of five (5) pages of scientific content, with one copy sent to University of Bath and another copy sent to FAPESP, including the following items:
7.1.1 Proposed exchange activities:
a. A substantive description of the exchange activities, emphasizing their relevance;
b. A timeline and cost 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 University of Bath 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 above referred research project/case for support, the proposal must include the following items:
7.2.1 For FAPESP:
b. Researcher Registration Form to be filled in by the PI and by all candidates for the exchange activities from São Paulo.
(i) The candidates for exchange activities must be affiliated to Higher Education and Research Institutions in the State of São Paulo;
d. Budget forms;
e. Worksheet with the candidates for the exchange missions (both sides);
f. A Letter of Agreement between the University of Bath 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. Proposals related to ongoing FAPESP PITE projects must present a Statement of Consent by the partner company agreeing with the application to this CFP.
7.2.2 For University of Bath
a. Research Proposal Form;
c. Budget forms;
d. Worksheet listing the candidates for the exchange missions (both sides);
e. A Letter of Agreement between the University of Bath 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.
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 University of Bath by the Principal Investigator from UK.
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 University of Bath.
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/ University of Bath 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 University of Bath should be sent by email to email@example.com.
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 University of Bath.
9.3 Proposals that do not comply with the terms of this Call will not qualify for analysis.
10. Result of the analysis
11. Contract for selected projects
Selected proposals will be the object of a grant contract (with FAPESP and University of Bath) to be 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 University of Bath 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: Dra. Vera Viviane Schmidt E- Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
b. UNIVERSITY OF BATH: Ms Katja Nieminen, International Partnerships Manager, email@example.com