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SPRINT Call for Proposals 1/2014

Deadline - July 28, 2014

Public Call for Proposals providing seed funding to support the exchange of researchers under the program Sao Paulo Researchers in International Collaboration (SPRINT). 

1. Objective

To promote the engagement of researchers affiliated to institutions of higher education and research in the State of São Paulo in partnership with researchers abroad in order to:

1.1 Further develop qualitatively the ongoing research projects; and

1.2 Work cooperatively aiming the elaboration of joint research projects of medium and long term for submission to FAPESP, by researchers from the State of São Paulo, and to the research funding agencies in the countries of corresponding partners, by their colleagues.

2. Rules for designing the Proposal in International Collaboration

This Call for Proposals considers the following partnership alternatives:

2.1 Proposals in partnership with researcher whose institution has a current Agreement with FAPESP.

2.1.1 Specific information about fields of knowledge, maximum project duration, and grant to support each selected proposal, must follow the procedures agreed by FAPESP and the respective partner institution to which the partner researcher is affiliated. The procedures are described in Annexes to this call, for the institutions listed below:

a. University of North Carolina Charlotte, USA: www.fapesp.br/en/8623

b. BAYLAT/StMWFK, Germany: www.fapesp.br/en/8624 

c. University of Sydney, Australia: www.fapesp.br/en/8626 

d. Heriot-Watt University, UK: www.fapesp.br/en/8627 

2.1.2 The foreign partner researchers must follow the additional instructions of their own institution for the submission of the project and clarification of doubts.

2.2 Proposals in partnership with researcher whose institution has not a current Agreement FAPESP.

2.2.1 FAPESP may receive proposals in all fields from researchers whose partners are from institutions with which FAPESP has not a current agreement. In that case, if the proposal is selected, the Principal Investigator must present to FAPESP evidence of availability of counterpart funds by the institution to which the foreign partner is affiliated.

2.2.2 In that cases, FAPESP expects to support up to five (5) proposals. It will be considered on as a basis the counterpart funds equivalent to up to US$10.000,00 (ten thousand dollars) per year, for projects of up to two years duration.

2.2.3 In this mode will only be approved proposals for which FAPESP considers the counterpart demonstrated consistent with the objectives of the program for international collaborative research – SPRINT. www.fapesp.br/en/8603

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

3.1 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.

3.2 FAPESP will only accept one application per related ongoing research project. Likewise, each researcher can present only one proposal to this Call.

3.3 The ongoing research project linked to this proposal must have a minimum of six months left at the scheduled beginning of the mobility project.

3.4 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.

4. Timeline

Call announced on FAPESP and Partner’s websites

May 20, 2014

Closing date for submission of proposals

July 28, 2014

Successful proposals notified

October 13, 2014

5. Funding principles and Duration of the Projects

5.1 To accomplish purposes set forth under item 1 of this call, are eligible funding for mobility of researchers (air tickets, health insurance and living allowances).

5.2 FAPESP will support the researchers from the State of São Paulo in scientific mission in the Partner Institution, and the Partner Institution will support the researchers from the partner country carrying out the scientific mission in the State of São Paulo.

5.3 Details on funding, specifics for each Partner Institution are described in the guidelines listed in item 2.1.1 of this Call for Proposals.

5.4 The grant must be used for activities as exchange of researchers, visits to research planning, international workshops and initial activities of data collection, always aiming to continue research collaboration and consolidation.

5.5 The maximum duration of each project is 24 months, non-extendable and following the specificities described in the guidelines of each Partner Institution, listed in item 2.1.1 of this Call for Proposals.

6. 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 PARTNER INSTITUTION), under the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth. The exchange activities to be carried out by the researchers [and PhD fellows] from São Paulo must contribute to the ongoing research project funded by FAPESP.

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

6.1.1 Proposed exchange activities:

a. A substantive description of the exchange 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 Partner Institution 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;

6.1.2 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.

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

6.2.1 For FAPESP:

a. Research Proposal Form;

b. Researcher Registration Form to be filled in by the PI and by all candidates for the exchange activities.

(i) The candidates for exchange activities must be affiliated to Higher Education and Research Institutions in the State of 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 Partner Institution 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. Eligible Items

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 will visit the Partner Institution according to item 7.1 below.

7.1 Eligibility for the exchange activities within the scope of this Call: Are eligible the 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.

7.2 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.

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 Partner Institution by the foreign Principal Investigator. The proposal submitted to FAPESP and to the prospective partner institution must be identical, one being a copy of another.

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 Partner Institution.

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 “SPRINT – Chamada de Propostas 1/2014” written on the envelope. Only proposals with a stamped postmark date within the deadline of this Call will be processed.

8.4 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 the Partner Institution.

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 at the web portals of the Partner Institutions and by means of a communication to the interested PIs.

11. Contract for selected projects

To FAPESP: 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. 

12. Grant cancellation

FAPESP 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. Information about this Call at FAPESP

The questions related to this Call for Proposals must be directed to sprint@fapesp.br