SPRINT - 4th Edition 2016: Guidelines University of North Carolina – Charlotte

Specific requests for proposals submissions from researchers of the UNC Charlotte

1. Objective

FAPESP and UNC Charlotte, signed a Cooperation Agreement for Research on April 23, 2014. With this agreement FAPESP and UNC Charlotte aim to implement scientific and technological cooperation between researchers from UNC Charlotte, The United States of America, and researchers from the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, through the funding of joint research projects.

Under the referred Agreement, as a continuation of this fruitful collaboration, FAPESP and UNC Charlotte make public this fourth Call for Proposals (CFP) for the exchange of faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and Ph.D. fellows, under the terms and conditions of the SPRINT 4th Edition 2016 ( and hereinafter set forth.

Call for Proposals for researchers from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte to work with São Paulo-based researchers.

2. Eligibility from UNC Charlotte side

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

a. The overarching goal will be to leverage the results of pilot projects into responses to existing and future joint calls for proposals issued from FAPESP and the US Federal government. Thus Principal Investigators currently funded by US Federal sources are encouraged to apply. A primary review criterion will be how well applicants can document how collaboration with a São Paulo-based researcher will increase their chances of additional US Federal funding. Documentation in the form of letters of intent to specific US Federal calls for proposals and summaries of conversations with program officers from US Federal Agencies are also encouraged.

b. Newly established Principal Investigators with start-up funds who can document how collaboration with a São Paulo-based Principal Investigator will increase their chances of initial US Federal funding are also encouraged to apply.

c. UNC Charlotte will accept only one proposal per researcher in any role.

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

a. Principal Investigators (PI);

b. UNC Charlotte based Postdoctoral Fellows and Ph.D. Fellows may participate in the exchange missions but must do so via a proposal generated and award managed by the Principal Investigator at UNC Charlotte;

c. FAPESP will accept the participation of Ph.D. fellows in scientific missions. São Paulo-based Ph.D. candidates must have an ongoing FAPESP fellowship during the planned exchange mission;

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

e. 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.

f. Eligibility of research partners in the State of São Paulo should observe the items 3.1 and 7.1 of FAPESP call (

3. Fields of knowledge

This Call for Proposals invites research proposals in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

4. Duration of the project for the exchange of researchers

The maximum duration of each project is 24 months.

5. Timeline

Call announced by FAPESP and UNC Charlotte


Closing date for submission of proposals


Successful proposals notified after


6. Funding principles

FAPESP will provide funding of up to the equivalent of US$ 20,000.00 (twenty thousand dollars) per proposal per year and UNC Charlotte will provide funding of up to US$ 20,000.00 (twenty thousand dollars) 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 and amendments established by the Parties (

7. Proposal characteristics

The proposal shall be composed of:

7.1 A Research Project having a maximum of five (5) pages of scientific content, written jointly by the Principal Investigator of the Host Institution in the State of São Paulo and the Principal Investigator at the
UNC Charlotte. The Research Project must be written in English. One copy of the Research Project shall be sent to FAPESP and another (identical) copy to the UNC Charlotte. The Research Project must include the items described in the item 6.1 at

7.2 The following additional documents required by UNC Charlotte:

7.2.1 A one-page summary of the current US Federal or start-up funded research project to which the mobility proposal relates, including:

a. Current and expected results;

b. A description of the project activities that will benefit from the exchange activities;

c. A description of the expected results for the research project and proposed exchange activities;

d. A description of the infrastructure and financial resources available for the research project, excluding the expenses requested in the proposal.

e. An explanation of the intended pathway to achieve additional US Federal and FAPESP funding.

7.2.2 In addition, the proposal must include the following documents, which are available from UNC Charlotte:

a. UNC Charlotte Application Form

b. CV Summaries of the Principal Investigators from both São Paulo and UNC Charlotte and of all candidates for the exchange activities (guidelines at;

c. UNC Charlotte budget form

d. UNC Charlotte checklist

7.2.3 Letter of Agreement of the Host Institution in the State of São Paulo to which the PI from São Paulo is affiliated. The same document is required by FAPESP in item 6.2.3 at The Letter of Agreement may be delivered after the notification of results of this call for proposals and before the grant agreement signature.

8. Submission of proposals to UNC Charlotte

Submissions to UNC Charlotte should be in the form all documents merged into a single PDF file and can only be accepted by emailing this PDF with SPRINT_FAPESP_UNCC in the subject line to

9. Result of the analysis

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

10. Contract for selected projects by UNC Charlotte

Selected proposals will subject to the conditions set forth in a letter of award.

11. Grant cancellation

UNC Charlotte may cancel funding of a UNC Charlotte researcher, if, during the grant timeframe, a fact is of sufficient gravity to justify cancellation, at the discretion of the program directors, without prejudice of any other appropriate actions.

12. Information about this Call at UNC Charlotte

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