SPRINT 1st Edition 2018 - Guidelines University of Wollongong

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Specific requests for proposals submissions from researchers of the University of Wollongong (UOW)

FAPESP and University of Wollongong (UOW), signed a Cooperation Agreement for Research on April 6th 2017, aiming to implement scientific and technological cooperation between researchers from the University of Wollongong, Australia, and 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 UOW make public this Call for Proposals for the exchange of faculty and postdoctoral researchers under the terms and conditions of the SPRINT 1st Edition 2018 ( and hereinafter set forth.

1. Eligibility from UOW side

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

a. The lead applicant must be employed at UOW as continuing or fixed term academic staff at the time of application, with an appointment that extends for the duration of the award. The team may comprise academic (including honorary) staff and PhD students.

b. Individuals can be lead applicant on only one application per round.

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

a. Academic staff and PhD students from UOW are eligible to participate in exchange activities. Postdoctoral fellows and PhD students must hold a fellowship/scholarship for the duration of the planned exchange period.

b. Where possible, the project should provide opportunities for Early Career Researchers (ECRs), although it is not compulsory to be an ECR to apply. For this scheme, an ECR means:

(i) PhD students enrolled at UOW who are part of an application led by an eligible staff member;

(ii) a researcher who has had their PhD awarded within five years of the date of application;

(iii) a researcher who received their PhD more than five years before the date of the application but who, due to career interruptions, has had less than the equivalent of five cumulative years of research experience.

c. Considering the principle of reciprocity, FAPESP exceptionally may either support PhD students from São Paulo state to take part in the scientific missions. In this case, the PhD student(s) must have an ongoing FAPESP fellowship during the planned exchange mission to the partner institution.

d. 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.

e. Eligibility of research partners in the State of São Paulo should observe the items 3.1 and 4.2 of FAPESP call (

2. Fields of knowledge

This Call for Proposals invites research proposals across all research disciplines.

3. Duration of the project for the exchange of researchers

The duration of each project is 24 months.

4. Timeline

Call announced by FAPESP and UOW

January 30th 2018

Closing date for submission of proposals

April 30th, 2018

Successful proposals notified after

July 27th, 2018

5. Funding principles

5.1. FAPESP will provide funding of up to the equivalent of AU$10,000.00 (ten thousand Australian Dollars) per proposal per year and UOW will provide funding of up to AU$10,000.00 (ten thousand Australian 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 established by the Parties (

5.2. FAPESP and UOW will fund a maximum of 5 approved proposals.

6. Proposal characteristics for UOW researchers:

The proposal shall be composed of:

a. A Research Projecthaving a maximum of five (5) pages of scientific content, written in English jointly by the Principal Investigator at the Host Institution in the State of São Paulo and the Principal Investigator at the UOW. One copy of the Research Project shall be sent to FAPESP and an identical copy to the UOW.

b. Additional documents required by UOW.

6.1. As described at, the Research Project must include the following items:

a. A substantive description of the exchange activities, emphasizing their relevance. The proposal must state clearly how the exchange activities to be carried out by each team will contribute to the ongoing research project funded by FAPESP and to the research being carried by the partner researcher at UOW;

b. Detailed schedule of the exchange missions to be carried out by the partner team at the São Paulo institution and the São Paulo team at the UOW;

c. Performance indicators for the planned activities, indicating the expected results;

d. A description of each candidate’s contribution to the mission, explaining their expertise to carry out the foreseen activities;

e. Foreseen actions that will add to the impact of the exchange for the UOW and for the Host Institution in the State of São Paulo, e.g. by means of seminars, short courses etc.;

f. Description of how the Principal Investigators in São Paulo and in the UOW intend to prepare a joint research project, resulting from the exchange activities developed from the proposal submitted in this Call, to be submitted to research funding agencies accessible in their regions in order to create a medium-long-term collaboration (up to one page).

6.2. The following additional documents required by UOW:

6.2.1. A completed UOW Application Form, available online: (Partner researchers from Sao Paolo should submit FAPESP’s Application Form following FAPESP’s submission guidelines.)

6.2.2. Two-page CVs of all proposed UOW team members and the Brazilian project leader. Include the date that the highest qualification was awarded.

6.2.3. A detailed proposed project budget, available online:

6.3 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.

7. Submission of proposals to UOW

Save applications as a single PDF file (File name: [Project lead surname]; SPRINT Application) and email to by 5pm, April 30, 2018.

8. Result of the analysis

The results will be announced on FAPESP ( and UOW by means of a communication to the interested PIs.

9. Contract for selected projects by UOW

Selected proposals will subject to subject to award terms and conditions set out in the UOW Conditions of Grant notice.

10. Grant cancellation

FAPESP or UOW may cancel funding if, during the grant timeframe, a significant event justifies its cancellation in the assessment of the Joint Steering Committee, without prejudice of any other appropriate actions.

11. Information about this Call at UOW

All questions related to this Call for Proposals must be directed to: Sally McNeill, Major Research Initiatives Officer, Research Services Office, by email or phone (02) 4221 4809.


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