SPRINT - 3rd Edition 2016: Guideline Swinburne University of Technology

Specific requests for submission of proposals in partnership with researchers from Swinburne University of Technology

FAPESP and Swinburne University of Technology (Swinburne) signed a Cooperation Agreement for Research on August 21, 2015, aiming to implement scientific and technological cooperation between researchers from the Swinburne, Australia 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 Swinburne make public this Call for Proposals for the exchange of researchers, under the terms and conditions of the SPRINT 3rd Edition 2016 ( and hereinafter set forth.

This partnership will fund University staff to undertake and reciprocally host a short-term international visit from eligible research teams from the state of Sao Paulo that fosters significant and lasting research collaborations with leading researchers of that state in Brazil.

1. Eligibility

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

The lead applicant must be employed at Swinburne as academic staff members in a teaching and research or research only role and with a contract that is valid for the duration of the relevant funding period. The team may comprise postdoctoral fellows and PhD students.

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

1. Refer to items in 1.1 above.

2. The proposals must aim to respect the principle of reciprocity with regard to academic qualifications of those who will take part in the exchange activities.

3. Eligibility of research partners in the State of São Paulo should observe the items 3.1 and 7.1 of FAPESP call ( Respecting the principle of reciprocity, FAPESP will also accept the PhD fellows participation in the scientific missions. The PhD fellows must have an ongoing FAPESP fellowship during the planned exchange mission.

2. Fields of knowledge

This Call for Proposals invites research proposals in all fields of knowledge.

3. Duration of the project for the exchange of researchers

The maximum duration of each project is up to 12 months (may be conducted over 2016 and 2017).

4. Timeline

Call announced by FAPESP and F.R.S-FNRS

July 26, 2016

Closing date for submission of proposals

October 31, 2016

Successful proposals notified after

January 27, 2016

5. Funding principles

5.1 For this call, the exact number of awards will depend on the merit of proposals and the availability of appropriated funds.

5.2 Swinburne will provide funding of up to AUS$10,000.00 per proposal, and FAPESP will provide funding of up to the equivalent of AUS$10,000.00 per proposal for the duration of the grant. Funds may be expended over a period of up to 12 months.

5.3 The funding will support mobility of a team of researchers (economy airfares between Melbourne and Sao Paulo, accommodation, meals and incidentals, costs to hold conference/workshops only) to accomplish the purposes set forth in the introduction of this Call.

5.4 The grant can only be used for the exchange of researchers, visits for research planning, international workshops, and initial activities of data collection, always aiming to develop research collaborations that develop and promote research excellence and impact.

6. Proposal characteristics for Swinburne researchers

6.1 Swinburne University of Technology application form

6.2 Two-page CV of each Swinburne team member

6.3 Completed Research Funding Application Coversheet (RFAC)

6.4 A copy of the FAPESP collaborator’s completed application form as submitted to FAPESP

7. Submission of proposals to Swinburne

Submissions can only be accepted by email to (attention: Sheila Hamilton-Brown, Swinburne Research Office).

8. Result of the analysis

Final results will be announced on FAPESP ( web portal and Swinburne will communicate by email to all Swinburne applicants.

9. Contract for selected projects by Swinburne

Successful Swinburne applicants are required to submit a Research Funding Application Form (RFAF) which will accompany an outcome letter.

10. Information about this Call

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

Sheila Hamilton-Brown
Research Funding Coordinator
Swinburne Research
Tel: +61 3 9214 5935