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Guidance to researchers based in the State of São Paulo

Under the cooperation agreement between FAPESP and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), researchers from the state of São Paulo and researchers from Switzerland can submit collaborative research projects to the two institutions, with alternating leadership between FAPESP and SNSF. Proposals may be submitted at any time between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022, or on the schedule of the SNSF in the subsequent period.

Closing date:

Proposals can be sent any time from 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2022

FAPESP Support Opportunity:

Regular or Thematic Project Grants, with the exceptionalities as described in the announcement of opportunity below.

Maximum duration of the project:

Up to 48 months (both support opportunities)


Depending on the criteria of the chosen support opportunity. Consultation of eligibility to FAPESP is mandatory.


The joint proposal must be submitted by research partner based in Switzerland to SNSF, and by the researcher based in São Paulo to FAPESP.


Converse FAPESP

Information on the procedures for preparing and submitting research proposals is below.

1. Fields of Knowledge

1.1 This Call will accept proposals in all scientific areas.

2. Financing

2.1 Costs to be incurred by the research team based in the state of Sao Paulo will be covered by FAPESP. The budget requested to FAPESP should be prepared based on the norms related to the FAPESP support opportunity chosen (Regular Grant or Thematic Project Grant), with the exceptionalities described in item 3.1 (below).

2.2 SNSF will cover the costs incurred by the team based in Switzerland, according to their own funding rules. Researchers from a third State or country can be included in the proposal as partners of the research project, with the costs covered by it or by SNSF. No more than 20% of the SNSF budget can be requested for the research costs of the third country partner. Additional resources to these participants should have other sources of funding.

2.3 Applicants do not need to apply the same values ​​to both agencies. The difference in values ​​should reflect the items covered by each agency and local prices. It is expected that the proposals show a balanced partnership not specifically in monetary terms, but equivalent impairment research effort from each of the funding agencies.

3. FAPESP Support Opportunity

3.1 Funding of FAPESP will be through the Regular or Thematic Project Grant and follow strictly all the rules on the support opportunity chosen by the applicant, except for the following considerations:

a) Regular Grant:

Duration: Up to 48 months, stipulated a maximum budget of up to R$150 thousand per year.

Scholarships: The proposals may include a post-doc scholarship. The final budget should include all scholarships and overheads costs.

b) Thematic Project Grant: exceptionally in this funding opportunity, Duration: 48 months.

4. Eligibility for submission of proposals

4.1 The principal investigator from the state of São Paulomust consult FAPESP in order to obtain a FAPESP Eligibility Letter that will be attached to the proposal at the time of submission.

4.2 Eligibility queries from the researcher from the State of São Paulo should be sent to, containing the following information:

a. Curricular Summary of the Principal Investigator of the State of São Paulo (as described in

b. Intended FAPESP support opportunity (Regular or Thematic Project Grant)

i. Researchers from the State of São Paulo who are already Principal Investigator for a Regular Research Grant must include a justification for the concomitance of the projects.

c. Duration of the proposal (Thematic Grants have the fixed duration of 48 months).

d. Estimated time devoted to the project by the Principal Investigator in SP (hours/week). FAPESP recommends a minimum of 12h/week for Regular Grant and 20h/week for Thematic Project Grant.

e. Name and Institution of the Switzerland Researcher Partner.

f. Title of the proposal to be submitted.

g. Estimated total budget.

Important: Eligibility queries will be answered within a period of up to 14 working days upon receipt of the e-mail.

4.3 FAPESP will not reply to queries about eligibility of the Switzerland researcher, who should search for guidance with SNSF.

5. How to draft your research proposal

5.1 The proposal must contain a research project (Case for Support) jointly written and conceived by the researchers from Switzerland and from Sao Paulo, and will be submitted to FAPESP and to SNSF.

5.2 The research project must describe with clarity and objectively the planned collaboration (distribution of tasks, and implementation methods), as well as what is expected to gain from the collaboration.

5.3 The research project must be written in English and follow the guidance of the chosen FAPESP’s Support Opportunity’s guidelines regarding the format and number of pages.

5.4 In addition to the proposal, proposers must fill the following budget spreadsheet:

6. How to apply to FAPESP

6.1 The joint proposal must be submitted by the Principal Investigator in São Pauloat SAGe and by the research partner at mySNF. The research partner should also create a SAGe login.

6.1.1 The Researcher from the state of São Paulo will submit the proposal exclusively through SAGe system. At SAGe, the researcher from São Paulo must login and select New Proposal > Coutinuous funding stream> + Other funding lines > SNSF – Swiss National Science Foundation (…).

6.2. Important: The Switzerland PI must also create a complete login in SAGe system. This registration is needed so that the Swiss researcher can confirm participation in the project proposal in SAGe.

6.2.1 The researcher must fill out all fields marked as mandatory, or his/her registration will not be considered valid to act as Partner Researcher. See here Guide for new user registration in SAGe

6.2.2 After having been nominated as a participant in the research proposal, the Switzerland PI must confirm participation in the project in SAGe. See here guide to confirm participation ina SAGe proposal.

7. How to apply to SNSF

7.1 The Switzerland PI will submit via mySNF, following the guidelines published at:

8. Analysis and Selection

8.1 FAPESP will act as the leading agency from October 1st, 2021 to September 30th, 2022. Within this period, there is no specific submission deadline: FAPESP/SNSF proposals will be evaluated in open deadlines (at any time).

8.2 As the leading agency, FAPESP will conduct the merit analysis process on behalf of both institutions. Ad hoc advisors will be appointed by both institutions and their opinions will substantiate the analysis of proposals by the Scientific Coordination of FAPESP (area coordinators and deputy coordinators). The final recommendation of these coordinations will be reviewed jointly by the two agencies, who will report the results to researchers from both countries at the same time.

9. Contact details

9.1 Specific questions to FAPESP about this funding opportunity can be sent through