SPRINT – 1st Edition 2016: Guideline CSTC, Iran

Specific requests for submission of proposals in partnership with researchers from CSTC

FAPESP and CSTC signed a Cooperation Agreement for Research on November 17, 2014, aiming to implement scientific and technological cooperation between researchers from the CSTC, Iran and from the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, through the funding of joint research projects.

Under the referred Agreement, as a first action to promote such collaboration, FAPESP and CSTC make public this Call for Proposals for the exchange of faculty and postdoctoral researchers, under the terms and conditions of the SPRINT- 1st Edition 2016 ( and hereinafter set forth.

1. Eligibility from CSTC

1.1 Eligibility to submit proposals within the scope of this Call:

a. Nationally high competent researchers affiliated with Higher Education, Knowledge-based companies, or Research Institutions in Iran are eligible to apply as a principal investigator.

1.2 Eligibility for the exchange activities within the scope of this Call

a. Principal Investigators (PI).

b. Postdoctoral Fellows and Ph.D. Fellows may participate in the exchange missions but must do so via a proposal generated and award managed by with both São Paulo-based and CSTC.

c. Masters level and Undergraduate students are currently ineligible to participate in the exchange missions.

2. Fields of knowledge

This Call for Proposals invites research proposals in the following areas:

2.1 Human Brain Mapping

2.2 Cognitive Assessment and Rehabilitation Tools and Services

2.3 Developing 4D (Temporal, Electrical, Chemical, and Optical) Brain Interface tools; non-invasive and invasive

2.4 Brain and Cognition Studies for Education

2.5 Social Cognition

3. Duration of the project for the exchange of researchers

The maximum duration of each project is up to 24 months.

4. Funding principles

FAPESP will provide funding of up to the equivalent of US$10,000.00 per proposal per year and CSTC will provide funding of up to US$10,000.00 per proposal per year, for the duration of the grant to cover research-related mobility expenses, under the provisions of Clause 5 of the Scientific Cooperation Agreement established by the Parties (

5. Proposal characteristics for CSTC researchers

Submitted proposal, Level-1 projects' form available in the CSTC website, contains at least the followings:

5.1 Detailed description of the project strategies, approaches and stages

5.2 Detailed timeline: maximum duration of two years is acceptable

5.3 Detailed budget: equipment, salary, traveling, trainee's cost, and etc.

5.4 Principal investigator, co-investigators, collaborators, and other team members' academic record. Principals Investigators' full CV, from both sides, is also required to be submitted along with the proposal.

6. Submission of proposals to CSTC

Submissions can only be accepted online. Applicants must first register and complete their profile at CSTC website (click here to access) and use their CSTC portal to register their applications online before the deadline. CSTC only accepts applications online; hand-delivered, mailed, or emailed applications will not be considered.

7. Result of the analysis

Final results will be announced on FAPESP ( and CSTC ( web portals and by means of a communication to the interested PIs.

8. Contract for selected projects by CSTC

Selected proposals will be the object of an agreement between the Pl and a representative of the CSTC.

9. Information about this Call at CSTC

All questions related to this Call for Proposals must be directed to: 

Prof. Abbas Haghparast
Secretary of the Iran-Brazil Collaboration Desk
Cognitive Sciences and Technologies Council


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