SPRINT - 4th Edition 2016: Guidelines University of Queensland

Specific requests for proposals submissions from researchers of The University of Queensland

FAPESP and The University of Queensland (UQ), signed a Cooperation Agreement for Research on 5 August 2016, aiming to implement scientific and technological cooperation between researchers from the UQ (AU), 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 UQ make public this Call for Proposals for the exchange of researchers under the terms and conditions of the SPRINT 4th Edition 2016 ( and hereinafter set forth.

1. Eligibility from UQ side

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

a. The UQ Lead Investigator must hold an eligible University of Queensland salaried appointment. The appointment must be teaching and research; research-focused; or clinical academic with a term valid for the duration of the relevant funding period. The appointment must be at Academic Level A or higher. MRI-UQ researchers with approved honorary UQ appointments are eligible to apply for this scheme as a UQ Lead Investigator provided subsequent external applications are submitted through UQ Research and Innovation;

b. Other UQ Investigators named on an application may hold salaried, adjunct, academic title or affiliated appointments with the University, and may be Research Higher Degree (RHD) candidates enrolled at the University of Queensland for the duration of the exchange mission;

c. A UQ Investigator may only be named on one application per round.

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

a. As described above in the item 1.1 and also PhD students from UQ.

b. Respecting the principle of reciprocity, FAPESP will accept the participation of PhD fellows in scientific missions. Brazilian PhD candidates must have an ongoing FAPESP fellowship during the planned exchange mission;

c. 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;

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

1.3 Eligible expenditure

a. Eligibility expenditure under the Call includes economy flights, other travel expenses, accommodation, meals and incidentals.

2. Fields of knowledge

The Call supports researcher exchanges in any of the University of Queensland’s fields of research.

3. Duration of the project for the exchange of researchers

The maximum duration of each project is up to 12 months and projects must be conducted during the period May 2017 to April 2018.

4. Timeline

Call announced by FAPESP and PARTNER

October 27, 2016

Closing date for submission of proposals

January 30, 2017

Successful proposals notified after

April, 20 2017

5. Funding principles

FAPESP will provide funding of up to the equivalent of AUD$10,000.00 per successful proposal and UQ will provide funding of up to AUD$10,000.00 per successful proposal, 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 (

6. Proposal characteristics for UQ researchers:

For UQ applicants, a completed UQ Application Form for SPRINT CALL 4th Edition/2016 must be submitted, available online at the UQ Research Management website - . As per the Application Form, additional attachments are also required, including:

6.1 A full and final copy of the completed application form from the São Paulo Lead PI, including the Research Project description and any associated documents as submitted to FAPESP. The Research Project description, having a maximum of five (5) pages of scientific content, should be written jointly by the Principal Investigator of the Host Institution in the State of São Paulo and the Principal Investigator at UQ. The Research Project must be written in English. One copy of the Research Project shall be sent to FAPESP and another (identical) copy to UQ. The Research Project must include the items included in the item 6.1 at;

6.2 A two-page CV of the Lead UQ Investigator using the UQ template;

6.3 Letter of Agreement (or Intent) 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 A template Letter of Intent is available from the UQ Global Engagement Office – please contact

The Letter of Agreement (or Intent) may be delivered after the notification of results of this call for proposals and before the grant agreement signature.

7. Submission of proposals to UQ Applicants

Applicants must submit their proposal as a finalised plan ready for implementation. The application must contain all the information necessary for assessment of the project without the need for further written or oral explanation, or reference to additional documentation unless requested by the assessors. Applications must be submitted on the UQ Application Form for SPRINT CALL 4th Edition/2016 with accompanying supporting documentation as specified in the Guidelines. Applications must conform to the prescribed page and formatting limits and include certification by the UQ lead investigator and by their relevant UQ Head of School or Centre/Institute Director as specified on the Application Form.

Applications are to be submitted to in digital format (one complete PDF including signatures and supporting documentation) by the closing date for the round.

8. Result of the analysis

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application following the assessment process. Final results will also be announced on FAPESP ( and UQ ( web portals and by means of a communication to the interested PIs.

Following the announcement, UQR&I will issue successful recipients with a Grant Record Letter which will include details of the grant and a copy of the Letter of Intent. Applicants should note that all necessary ethical/biosafety/other clearances must be obtained before work requiring such clearances can commence.

9. Reporting Requirements and post-award conditions

Successful proposals will be conducted in accordance with the Guidelines of the Call; consistent with the activities and budget proposed in the application, or as otherwise varied with the endorsement of UQ Research and Innovation; and in compliance with the signed Letter of Intent. Funding may be withdrawn by the University in the event of non-compliance under the scheme.

Within one month of completion of the exchange project, the UQ Lead Investigator must submit a short report on the exchange activity to UQ. A template for this report will be provided to successful applicants. The award will also need to be acquitted by your UQ School/Institute/Centre.

10. Information about this Call at UQ

UQ Research and Innovation

Matthew Browne
Manager, Sponsored Research (Discovery Initiatives & Internal Schemes)
Telephone: +61 7 3346 9988

UQ Global Engagement Office

Dr Jessica Gallagher
Deputy Director and Head
Telephone: +61 7 3346 7869

Page updated on 10/26/2016 - Published on 10/26/2016