The UK Academies/CONFAP - Fellowship and Research Mobility

NEWTON FUND: FAPESP GUIDELINES FOR VISITING RESEARCHERS

FAPESP, CONFAP (National Council for the State Funding Agencies) and The UK Academies (The Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to encourage and support increased capacity in Brazil in the area of research and innovation (www.fapesp.br/8937).

Specifically for the Newton Fund opportunities, announced by CONFAP, applicants from the State of São Paulo must adhere to the following guidelines concerning the submission of funding requests for the support of visiting researchers from the UK. These guidelines refer to the item 1.b and 2.b of the Annex 2 of the MoU (www.fapesp.br/8937).

1. Introduction

a. The UK Academies, specifically the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society, will offer Newton International Fellowships and Newton Advanced Fellowships to the Brazilian research community, covering the fields of natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, and medical (including clinical and patient-orientated research) sciences. For further details, see Annex 1 of the MoU.

b. Specifically the British Academy, the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering, will also offer Mobility Grants to the Brazilian research community, covering the fields of natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, and engineering. For further details, see Annex 1 of the MoU.

c. The participating FAPs will offer scholarships, grants and mobility support to visiting researchers coming from the United Kingdom. Proposals in all areas of knowledge will be welcome. For further details, see Annex 2 of the MoU.

2. Modalities offered in this announcement

The guidelines below refer to the following modalities offered by FAPESP:

a. Research Mobility - Short-term mobility for UK researchers to visit research groups in São Paulo, Brazil: offering support for research missions bringing to the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, researchers from the United Kingdom for collaborative activities with researchers from Universities and Research Institutions in the State of Sao Paulo. The duration of a visit must be for a minimum duration of seven (7) days and maximum of twelve (12) months. Proposals in all areas of knowledge are welcome.

b. Fellowship for Research Mobility - Medium to long-term visiting researchers to São Paulo: offering fellowships and grants to visiting researchers from the United Kingdom who will stay in São Paulo for a period of six (6) months to twelve (12) months for the development of scientific research in Universities or Research Institutions in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in association with Thematic Projects Awards, Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centres –RIDCs, or Young Investigator Awards supported by FAPESP. Proposals in all areas of knowledge will be welcome.

3. Eligibility for submission to FAPESP

a. For the visiting researcher from the UK: the visiting researcher must hold a PhD degree and be a staff member of a University or Research Institute in UK.

b. For the host researcher in São Paulo, Brazil:

b.1) Short-term mobility for UK researchers to visit research groups in São Paulo, Brazil: the host researcher must have a PhD degree and be eligible for the FAPESP modality Visiting Researcher (www.fapesp.br/147).

b.2) Medium to long-term visiting researchers to São Paulo: the host researcher must have a PhD degree and be eligible for submitting FAPESP Visiting Researcher grants (www.fapesp.br/147) and must be a Principal Investigator or a co-Principal Investigator in a FAPESP Thematic, CEPID, or Young Investigator Award grant.

b.2.i) The visit must happen while the research grant to which it is associated is active.

4. Funding conditions

a. For the Short-term mobility for UK researchers to visit research groups in São Paulo, Brazil:

a.1) For missions from seven (7) days to up to one (1) month:

a.1.i) Airline ticket and health insurance.

a.1.ii) Daily support by FAPESP value to be paid according to FAPESP’s per diem table of values.

a.2) For missions from one (1) month to twelve (12) months:

a.2.i) Airline ticket and health insurance.

a.2.ii) A monthly scholarship from R$ 9,148.80 to R$ 13,653.60 (the value of the scholarship will be suggested by the host investigator and confirmed by FAPESP upon merit review).

b. For the Medium to long-term visiting researchers to São Paulo:

b.1) A monthly fellowship with value ranging from R$ 9,148.80 to R$ 13,653.60 (the level is to be suggested by the host investigator and confirmed by FAPESP upon merit review), from six (6) to up to twelve (12) months.

b.2) Airline ticket and health insurance.

b.3) Scholarship for one undergraduate student to be supervised by the visiting researcher.

b.4) The PI in charge of the grant to which the visitor will be associated may request to FAPESP supplementary funds in the amount up to R$ 25,000.00 for every six months of stay of the visitor. This grant is to be used for research related consumable materials, services, and travel.

5. Proposal Characteristics

Applicants from the State of São Paulo must submit the required documentation for FAPESP, in English, as described below.

a. A proposal statement having a maximum of five (5) pages of scientific content, written by the FAPESP PI and by the prospective visitor including the following:

a.1) A substantive description of the research activities to be performed, emphasizing their relevance and expected results.

a.2) Performance indicators for the planned activities;

a.3) Other actions that will add to the impact of the exchange for the Partner Institution and for the Host Institution in the State of São Paulo, e.g. by means of seminars, workshops, short courses and visits to other institutions that carry out research activities in cognate areas.

b. For the Medium to long-term visiting researchers to São Paulo, an one-page summary of the FAPESP funded research project to which the proposal relates, including:

b.1) Current and expected results;

b.2) An objective description of how the ongoing project to which the proposal is associated will benefit from the activities;

b.3) A description of the expected academic gains for the ongoing research project resulting from the proposed visit;

b.4) A description of the infrastructure and funding available for the research project, excluding the expenses requested in the proposal.

c. Submission forms:

c.1) FAPESP Research Proposal Submission Form for a Visiting Researcher Grant, specific for this Call. Includes a list of further required obligatory documentation.

6. Submission of proposals to FAPESP

a. The required documentation (item 5 above), must be submitted to FAPESP before October 23, 2015.

b. All proposals shall be sent to FAPESP in hard copy only to the following address: Rua Pio XI, 1500, Alto da Lapa, CEP 05468-901 - São Paulo - SP, with “ UK Academies/CONFAP - Fellowship and Research Mobility” written on the envelope.

c. 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.

d. Proposals submitted by any other means or late submissions will not be accepted.

7. Analysis and selection

All valid proposals will be evaluated using the regular procedures for each FAPESP grant modality.

8. Results of the selection

The results will be announced by FAPESP at www.fapesp.br.

9. Contract for selected projects

Selected proposals will be the object of a grant contract (at FAPESP) to be signed by the host PI (co-applicant) in the State of São Paulo or by the visiting UK researcher in the case of the Young Investigator Award, and a representative of the Higher Education and Research Institution to which he/she is affiliated.

10. Grant cancellation

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

11. Information about this Call for Proposals at FAPESP

The questions related to this Call for Proposals must be directed to Bruna A. Musa, e-mail chamada_ukacademies@fapesp.br.