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SPRINT – São Paulo Researchers in International Collaboration

SPRINT – São Paulo Researchers in International Collaboration
The international collaboration in research supported by FAPESP now have the SPRINT - São Paulo Researchers in International Collaboration, a program designed to encourage and promote the advancement of scientific research through the engagement of researchers affiliated with research institutions in the State of São Paulo with researcher partners abroad.
 
It aims to provide funding for the initial phase of international research collaborations with clear expectations that the next phase will be a presentation, by the researchers from the State of São Paulo, of research proposals in the regular funding lines of FAPESP aiming to continue the research started under SPRINT and the consequently consolidation of the partnership.
 
The deadlines for the submission of proposals in each round will be determined annually and will always be on the last Monday of each following month:  January, April, July; and October. 

FAPESP Program – Sao Paulo Researchers in International Collaboration (SPRINT) 

1. Introduction 

1.1 In recent years FAPESP has stimulated the internationalization of scientific research developed in the State of São Paulo through institutional instruments (regular funding lines) that provide support for collaborative research through grants and scholarships involving partnerships with researchers from international institutions of excellence in research (www.fapesp.br/6812).

1.2 In addition to these regular lines of development, FAPESP currently has a large number of agreements with foreign funding agencies, research organizations and companies to co-select and co-fund cooperative research. The opportunities for funding related to each agreement are described on FAPESP’s website (www.fapesp.br/5399). Broadly speaking, there are two types of agreements:

a. Agreements that provide initial funding (seed funding), mostly for exchange of researches and students and participation in small workshops. In this case the foreign partner is generally a university or a research institution.

b. Agreements that provide full funding for research projects, selected jointly by FAPESP and the partnering agency or company. In this case, the foreign partner is generally a research funding agency or an industrial research laboratory.

1.3 In order to further encourage international collaborative research, FAPESP will launch the São Paulo Research International Collaborations Program – SPRINT – in 2014. International Call for Proposals for the category of initial funding ("seed funding") will be opened by SPRINT on a regular basis of every three months.

2. Objective

The SPRINT program was designed to encourage and promote the advancement of scientific research through the engagement of researchers affiliated with research institutions in the state of São Paulo with researcher partners abroad.

It aims to provide funding for the initial phase of international research collaborations with clear expectations that the next phase will be a presentation, by the researchers from the State of São Paulo, of research proposals in the regular funding lines of FAPESP aiming to continue the research started under SPRINT and the consequently consolidation of the partnership.

From the initial funding ("seed funding"), the sustainability of new collaborations is expected.

3. Program Description 

3.1 The program SPRINT will have 4 (four) rounds of Call for Proposals per year.

The prerequisites for preparation and submission of proposals will be established in each Call for Proposal.

3.2 The deadlines for the submission of proposals in each round will be determined annually and will always be on the last Monday of each following month:

a. January;
b. April;
c. July; and
d. October.

3.3 In each Call for Proposal the resources to be provided for the development of new cooperation will be established, always dependent on the corresponding partner from another country, in counterpart, take responsibility for their own funding.

3.3.1 The counterpart referred to in item 3.3 must be equivalent to the value required from FAPESP.

3.4 Each Call for Proposal will contain an appendix with a list of existing agreements between FAPESP and foreign partner institutions that agree to participate in each Call for Proposal and for which they have guaranteed resources.

3.5 Researchers may also submit proposals with partners affiliated to institutions with which FAPESP has no current agreement, as long as to contract the selected proposal, if it is approved, the availability of counterpart funds by the foreign partner is proven.

3.6 Only projects in which the respective foreign partners have ensured the support of institutions, or research funding agencies, which they are affiliated to in their home countries, will be funded. The amount must be compatible with the value requested by the proponent researcher in the State of São Paulo.

4. Eligibility 

4.1 Principal Investigators of ongoing research projects funded by FAPESP within the following funding lines: Regular Research Awards, Thematic Projects, or in the programs Young Investigators, Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (CEPIDs/RIDCs), Public Education Research Program, Research in Public Policies, and Research Partnership for Technological Innovation (PITE).

4.2 Co-Principal Investigators of ongoing Thematic Projects, CEPIDs/RIDCs and PITEs are also eligible to apply.

4.3 Submissions of proposals linked to research proposals that are still undergoing merit review may be accepted. However, if the proposal under SPRINT is selected, it will be canceled if the related research proposal is still under analysis or has not yet been approved.

5. Funding Items 

5.1 Under the SPRINT Program are eligible funds for travel (air tickets), health insurance and living allowances for researchers are covered. 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.

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

6. Duration of the project 

The selected projects must last between 12 and 24 months.

7. Analyses and Selection 

7.1 Each party will select the proposals according to its own procedures. Only proposals approved by FAPESP and the respective partner institution abroad will be supported.

7.2 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.

8. Intellectual Property 

8.1 Participants in the program SPNIC 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.

8.2 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.

9. Information 

All questions related to this Call for Proposal must be directed to: sprint@fapesp.br

10. Expected Results 

It is expected that as a result of each project supported under the Program SPRINT, fruitful partnerships are developed and it is hoped that such partnerships are consolidated achieving significant results as:

a. Scientific Publications;

b. Visibility and impact of science produced in the state of São Paulo and partner countries;

c. Strengthening links between the scientific communities of the State of São Paulo and partner countries;

d. Qualification of research by connecting the top scientists at an international level;

e. Fostering new forms of collaboration between research centers of excellence for mutual benefit;

f. Institutional exchange of experience;

g. Submission of a joint proposal to develop a full research project being funded by FAPESP and by a funding agency for research in the partner country.