COOPERATION AGREEMENT FOR RESEARCH BETWEEN SAO PAULO RESEARCH FOUNDATION AND LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
The SAO PAULO RESEARCH FOUNDATION - FAPESP , established by Law nº 5.918, of October 18th, 1960, with headquarters at Rua Pio XI, 1500, Alto da Lapa, São Paulo, SP, enrolled in CNPJ/MF under nº 43.828.151/0001-45, herein represented according to article 11, “a” of Law nº 5.918, combined with its General Rule approved by Decree n° 40.132, of May 23, 1962, represented by its President, Prof. Dr. CELSO LAFER, in the exercise of the powers delegated by Act of the Governor of the State of São Paulo, published in the Official Gazette of the State, of July 30, 2013, hereinafter referred to as FAPESP, and the London School of Economics and Political Science – LSE, a charity and a company limited by guarantee incorporated in England under no 70527, established in Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, UK, represented by Andrew Webb, LSE Acting School Secretary, hereinafter referred as LSE, and both referred to as "Parties”:
CONSIDERING the importance of promoting cooperation in scientific research between UK and the Sao Paulo State, Brazil, wishing to strengthen this cooperation on the basis of equality and mutual benefit;
CONSIDERING need to strengthen the links between the scientific communities of both countries and also to encourage new forms of collaboration between its research centers;
WISHING to promote initiatives collaboration in scientific research development in areas of interest to both parties, fostering bilateral cooperation;
Agree as follows:
This Agreement aims to encourage the advancement of scientific research through promoting the development of international research collaboration. Through this Agreement, the Parties will jointly fund research projects with the objective of supporting research collaboration between researchers from LSE and from the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
2. Methods of Collaboration
The Parties will promote such collaboration, observing, as applicable, international obligations and domestic laws and other existing regulations through mechanisms such as:
2.1. Implementation of joint research projects on topics of mutual interest, exchanging knowledge and results;
2.2. Organization of scientific seminars, specialized workshops, symposia and other scientific meetings of mutual interest, to promote interaction between academic researcher at LSE and institutions and research groups in the State of Sao Paulo, with the goal of identifying and developing future areas for cooperation;
2.3. Any other activities of scientific exchange which the Steering Committee believes will help prepare the ground for the development of cooperative research projects between academic researchers and research teams from the State of São Paulo and from LSE, including but not limited to, scientific exchange visits, workshops and bilateral scientific seminars;
a. In case of scientific exchange, the Parties will appreciate proposals that contribute to prepare the base for a joint research proposal.
3. Scientific Areas
The activities mentioned in the First Clause could be developed, in principle, in all areas of knowledge, with a particular interest in social sciences and humanities. Areas of particular interest can be specified by the Steering Committee, in the calls for research proposals.
4.1. The Parties will establish one or more actions according to Second Clause and in accordance with the scientific relevance and the national legislation in each country of the Parties and their own budget availability.
4.2. The Parties will appoint two representatives one from each Party, which will form a Joint Steering Committee responsible for the continuation of this Agreement and for drafting the call for proposals.
4.3. For the elaboration of the actions, the Parties may provide, by agreement, the most appropriate procedures including mechanisms such as: delegation meetings, workshops, correspondence and other procedures.
4.4. Each Party will receive and review the proposals according to its own criteria and rules. After the revision of the proposals, the Parties will decide in a meeting which proposals will be supported.
4.5. The Parties may establish joint procedures for the submission and review of the proposals in case of mutual interest and the decision of the Steering Committee.
5.1. For each of the research projects that are approved, the LSE will assume the funding of research teams from LSE and FAPESP of the research teams from the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in all cases according to their national rules and regulations and budget availability.
5.2. The Parties will contribute with the equivalent of up to USD 100,000.00 (one hundred thousand US Dollars) each for funding the projects selected under this Agreement.
6. Intellectual Property
6.1. The Parties agree that when the actions taken by virtue of this Agreement result in products of commercial value and intellectual property rights, they will be regulated by national legislation and international conventions in force. Participants should also observe the Intellectual Property Policy of the Party responsible for the funding of their team.
6.2. In the case of joint ownership of Intellectual Property, the relevant Parties will in good faith endeavor to establish a joint ownership agreement regarding the allocation and terms of exercising that joint ownership, taking into account the relevant contributions of the parties.
7.1. This Agreement shall be valid for a period of 3 (three) years from the date of its signing and may be extended by mutual agreement between the Parties in a written amendment to this Agreement.
7.2. Either Party may terminate this Agreement by written notice, with a period of six months notice in advance.
7.3. The termination of this Agreement shall not bring harm to the implementation of projects and programs already approved or which had already started, in which case the Parties should keep their budget for the projects and programs during the term of its validity as if the agreement was not terminated.
Any notice to be served on either of the Parties by the other shall be made in writing and shall be sent to the following addresses:
Rua Pio XI, 1500 – Alto da Lapa
CEP 05468-901 – São Paulo / SP – Brasil
Att.: Scientific Director
Research Division, Tower 1, Unit 7.01
Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE, London – UK
This Agreement may be amended by mutual consent of the Parties and made official by Addenda.
10.1. Each Party will cover its own administration costs regarding its contribution to the call, unless otherwise jointly decided.
10.2. This Agreement is subject to the continued availability of funds in the budget of the Parties and the applicable laws and regulations of their respective countries.
10.3. The Parties shall maintain the highest ethical and legal standards in funding research under this Agreement.
10.4. The Parties agree that this Agreement is entered in good faith, so that any dispute and / or interpretation arising therefrom in relation to its implementation, execution and compliance will be resolved jointly by them and shall be in writing. If no agreement is reached between the Parties, this Agreement will be terminated without liability to the Parties that should agree how to conclude the actions in progress to date of notification of termination by either party.
Signed in two original copies in English and Portuguese, both texts with the same content, and being equally valid and authentic.
Place: São Paulo
LSE Acting School Secretary