Agreement between FAPESP and Purdue University Versão em português


The SAO PAULO RESEARCH FOUNDATION, established by Law nº 5.918, of October 18, 1960, with headquarters at Rua Pio XI, 1500, Alto da Lapa, São Paulo, SP, enrolled in CNPJ/MF under nº 43.828.151/0001-45, herein represented according to article 11, “a” of Law nº 5.918, combined with its General Rule approved by Decree nº 40.132, of May 23, 1962, represented by its President, Prof. JOSÉ GOLDEMBERG, in the exercise of the powers delegated by Act of the Governor of the State of São Paulo, published in the Official Gazette of the State, of August 22, 2015, hereinafter referred to as FAPESP, and PURDUE UNIVERSITY, USA, an Indiana institution of higher education established in 1869 by the Indiana General Assembly and located at West Lafayette, Indiana, represented by E. DanIEL Hirleman, Ph.D., Chief Corporate and Global Partnerships Officer, hereinafter referred to as PURDUE, and both referred to as “Parties”:

CONSIDERING the importance of promoting cooperation in scientific and technological research between PURDUE and the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, wishing to strengthen this cooperation on the basis of equality and mutual benefit;

CONSIDERING need to strengthen the links between the scientific communities of both countries and also to encourage new forms of collaboration between its research centers;

WISHING to promote initiatives collaboration in scientific research and technological development in priority areas of interest to both parties, fostering bilateral cooperation;

Agree as follow:

1. Purpose

Through this Cooperation Agreement, the Parties will implement scientific and technological cooperation between researchers from PURDUE and from the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, through the funding of joint research projects.

2. Methods of Collaboration

The Parties will promote such collaboration, observing its international obligations and domestic laws and other existing regulations through mechanisms such as:

a) Implementation of joint research projects on issues of common concern, exchanging knowledge and results;

b) Organization of scientific and technological seminars, specialized workshops, symposia and other scientific meetings of mutual interest, to promote interaction between institutions and research groups relevant to both Parties, with the goal of identifying future areas for cooperation;

c) Activities of scientific exchange that will help prepare the ground for the development of cooperative research projects between teams from the State of São Paulo and from PURDUE, including but not limited to, scientific exchange visits, workshops and bilateral scientific seminars.

(i) In case of scientific exchange, the Parties will appreciate proposals that contribute to prepare the base for a joint research proposal.

3. Scientific Areas

The activities mentioned in the first item could be developed, in principle, in all areas of knowledge. Areas of interest can be specified by the Steering Committee, in the calls for research proposals.

4. Implementation

a) The Parties will establish one or more actions according to Clause 2 and in accordance with the scientific relevance and the national legislation in each country of the Parties and their own budget availability.

b) The Parties will appoint two representatives, one from each agency, which will form a Joint Steering Committee responsible for the continuation of this Agreement and for drafting the call for proposals.

(i) The initial PURDUE representative will be Tommy Sors, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Liaison at Bindley Bioscience Center, Discovery Park, Purdue University.

(ii) FAPESP’s Scientific Directorate representative will be opportunely defined in each Call for Proposals.

c) For the elaboration of the actions, the Parties may provide, by agreement, the most appropriate procedures including mechanisms such as delegation meetings, workshops, correspondence and other procedures.

Each Party will receive and review the proposals according to its own criteria and rules. After the revision of the proposals, the Parties will decide in a meeting which proposals will be supported.

e) The Parities may establish joint procedures for the submission and review of the proposals in case of mutual interest and the decision of the Joint Steering Committee.

5. Funding

a) For each of the research projects that are approved, PURDUE will assume the funding of research teams from Purdue University and FAPESP of the research teams from the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in all cases according to their national rules and regulations and budget availability.

b) The amount for funding to be offered to support collaborative research projects will be defined by the Joint Steering Committee in each Call for Proposals.

6. Intellectual Property

a) The Parties 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.

b) 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.

7. Term

This Agreement shall be valid for a period of 5 (five) years from the date of its signing and may be extended by mutual agreement between the Parties in a written amendment to this Agreement.

The Parties may terminate this Agreement by written notice to the other Party, with a period of six months in advance.

The termination of this Agreement shall not bring harm to the implementation of projects and programs already approved or which had already started, in which case the Parties should keep their budget for the projects and programs during the term of its validity.

8. Communications

Any notice to be served on either of the Parties by the other shall be made in writing and shall be sent to the following addresses:

Rua Pio XI, 1500 – Alto da Lapa
CEP 05468-901 – São Paulo / SP – Brasil
Attn.: Scientific Director

Bindley Bioscience Center, Discovery Park
1203 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA
e-mail: or
Attn.: Tommy Sors, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Liaison at Bindley Bioscience Center

9. Modifications

This Agreement may be modified only by written amendment, signed by authorized agents of the Parties, and made official by Addenda.

10. Miscellaneous

a) Each Party covers its own administration costs regarding its contribution to the call, unless otherwise jointly decided.

b) This Agreement is subject to the availability of funds in the budget of the Parties and the applicable laws and regulations of their respective countries.

c) The Parties shall maintain the highest ethical and legal standards in funding research under this Agreement.

d) The Parties agree that this Agreement is produced in good faith, so that any dispute and / or interpretation arising therefrom in relation to its implementation, execution and compliance will be resolved jointly by them and shall be in writing. If no agreement is reached between the Parties, this document will be terminated without liability to the Parties that should agree how to conclude the actions in progress to date of notification of termination by either party.

11. Use of Name

FAPESP will not use the name of PURDUE, nor of any member of PURDUE’s program staff, in any publicity, advertising, or news release without the prior written approval of an authorized representative of PURDUE. PURDUE will not use the name of FAPESP, or any employee of FAPESP, in any publicity, advertising, or news release without the prior written approval of FAPESP.

12. Non-Binding

This Agreement is non-binding and solely for the purpose of establishing a basis upon which PURDUE and FAPESP will continue discussions regarding cooperation on joint research projects. Either PURDUE or FAPESP may at its sole discretion terminate discussions for any reason by giving written notice of termination to the other in accordance with Article 7.

13. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

PURDUE and FAPESP represent and warrant to each other that they are aware of the requirements of the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the “FCPA”) and of Brazil Law 12.846/2013 and that they will not, and will not allow their owners, employees, representatives, officers, directors, contractors or other agents to take any action in connection with this Agreement or any separate Activity Agreement to provide, offer or promise to provide, or authorize the provision directly or indirectly of, any money, gift, loan, service or anything of value to
(i) any government official (or any agent, employee or family member thereof), (ii) any political party or candidate for political office, or (iii) any person, while knowing that all or a portion of such money or thing of value will be offered, given or promised, directly or indirectly, to any of the foregoing in (i) or (ii), for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business or funding, to direct business or funding to any person or entity, or to secure any other improper advantage.

14. Nondiscrimination

PURDUE and FAPESP agree that no person shall on the grounds of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran be excluded from participation under the terms of this Agreement.

Signed in two original copies in English and Portuguese, both texts being equally authentic.


José Goldemberg – President/Presidente

E. Daniel Hirleman – Chief Corporate and Global Partnerships Officer/Diretor Geral e de Parcerias Internacionais


Ken L. Sandel - Senior Director, Sponsored Program Services/Diretor Sênior, Programas Patrocinados


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