COOPERATION AGREEMENT FOR RESEARCH BETWEEN SÃO PAULO STATE FOUNDATION AND UPPSALA UNIVERSITY, SWEDEN
The SÃO PAULO STATE 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 UPPSALA UNIVERSITY, a governmental authority established under the laws of Sweden, represented by University Director Katarina Bjelke, hereinafter referred to as “Parties”:
CONSIDERING the importance of promoting cooperation and an exchange of experiences in scientific and technological research between Sweden 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 regarding collaboration in scientific research and technological development in priority areas of interest to both parties, fostering bilateral cooperation;
Agree as follow:
Through this Cooperation Agreement, the Parties will endeavor to implement scientific and technological cooperation between researchers from Sweden and from the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, through the funding of joint research activities and seminars.
2. Methods of Collaboration
The Parties will promote such collaboration, observing its international obligations and domestic laws and other existing regulations through mechanisms such as:
a) Implementation of joint research projects on issues of common concern, exchanging knowledge and results;
b) Organization of scientific and technological seminars, specialized workshops, symposia and other scientific meetings of mutual interest, to promote interaction between institutions and research groups relevant to both countries, with the goal of identifying future areas for cooperation;
c) Activities of scientific exchange that will help prepare the ground for the development of cooperative research projects between teams from São Paulo and from Uppsala University, 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 item could be developed, in principle, in all areas of knowledge. Areas of interest can be specified by the Steering Committee, in the calls for research proposals.
a) The Parties will establish one or more actions according to Clause 2 and in accordance with the scientific relevance and the national legislation in each country of the Parties and their own budget availability.
b) The Parties will appoint two representatives one from each agency, which will form a Joint Steering Committee responsible for the implementation and continuation of this Agreement and, as applicable, for drafting the call for proposals.
c) For the elaboration of the actions, the Parties may provide, by agreement, the most appropriate procedures and mechanisms including: meetings, workshops, teleconferences, correspondence and other procedures.
d) 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.
e) The Parities may establish joint procedures for the submission and review of the proposals in case of mutual interest and the decision of the Steering Committee.
For each of the research projects that are approved, Uppsala University will assume the funding of research teams from Uppsala University 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.
The Parties will contribute in accordance with their own budget availability for funding the projects selected under this Agreement and the amount for funding will be defined in each Call for Proposals or activities.
6. Intellectual Property
a) 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 applicable 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.
b) 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.
This Agreement shall be valid from the date of the last signature here below for a period of five years and may be extended by mutual agreement between the authorized representatives of the Parties in a written amendment to this Agreement.
The Party may terminate this Agreement by written notice, with a period of six months in advance.
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.
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
(b) Uppsala University:
P. O. Box 256, SE-751 05 Uppsala, Sweden
This Agreement may be amended by the mutual, written consent of authorized representatives of the Parties and made official by Addenda.
a) Each Party covers its own administration costs regarding its contribution to the call, unless otherwise jointly decided.
b) This Agreement is subject to the availability of funds in the budget of the Parties and the applicable laws and regulations of their respective countries.
c) The Parties shall maintain the highest ethical and legal standards in funding research under this Agreement.
d) The Parties agree that this Agreement is produced in good faith, so that any dispute and / or issue regarding interpretation arising therefrom in relation to its implementation, execution and compliance will be resolved jointly by the President of FAPESP, or designee, and the Vice-Chancellor of Uppsala University, or designee, who will address these matters in negotiations and come to a binding agreement between the Parties.
e) If no agreement is reached between the Parties, this Agreement will be terminated without liability to the Parties. The Parties shall agree how to conclude the actions in progress.
Signed in two original copies in English and Portuguese, both language versions being equally authentic.