SPRINT 2021 – Guidelines Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique - FNRS (F.R.S.-FNRS)

Specific requests for proposals submissions from researchers of the F.R.S.-FNRS

FAPESP and F.R.S.-FNRS, signed a Cooperation Agreement for Research on August 18, 2015, aiming to implement scientific and technological cooperation between researchers from the F.R.S.-FNRS, and from the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, through the funding of joint research projects.

Under the referred Agreement, as an action to promote such collaboration, FAPESP and F.R.S.-FNRS make public this Call for Proposals for the exchange of researchers under the terms and conditions of the SPRINT 2021 ( and hereinafter set forth.

1. Eligibility from F.R.S.-FNRS side

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

All eligibility rules and criteria can be found in the PINT-BILAT-M regulations

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

a. This call is open to researchers, starting at the doctoral level, affiliated to the French speaking higher education universities/colleges, or research institutions of the FWB.

b. 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.

c. 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 in the following areas of cooperation:

- Natural and Life Sciences;

- Engineering;

- Social Sciences; and

- The Humanities

3. Duration of the project for the exchange of researchers

The maximum duration of each project is 24 months.

4. Timeline

Call announced by FAPESP and F.R.S-FNRS

October 26, 2021

Closing date for submission of proposals

January 31, 2022

Successful proposals notified after

April 22, 2022

5. Funding principles

FAPESP will provide funding of up to the equivalent of € 7,500.00 (seven thousand and five hundred euros) per proposal per year and F.R.S.-FNRS will provide funding of up to € 7,500.00 (seven thousand and five hundred euros) per proposal per year, for the duration of the grant to cover research-related mobility expenses of up to 5 (five) approved proposals, under the provisions of Clause 5 of the Scientific Cooperation Agreement established by the Parties (

6. Proposal characteristics for F.R.S.-FNRS researchers:

The proposal shall be composed of:

6.1 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 research institution from the “Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles”. The Research Project must be written in English. One copy of the Research Project shall be sent to FAPESP. The Research Project must include the items described in the item 6.1 at

7. Submission of proposals to F.R.S.- FNRS


The submission of proposals for bilateral agreement is performed via the e-space platform ( and consist of two steps:

1) Completion of an administrative pre-form

2) Completion of the full application form:

a. Research objectives, identity of the researchers from Belgium and from São Paulo, number of missions from each side.

b. Detailed description of the project by using the model document.

c. CVs of the participants: researchers from Belgium and from the State of São Paulo, co-Promotor (Co-Principal Investigator) of a FWB institution (if applicable), researchers from Belgium and form Sao Paulo for whom missions are requested (if known at the time of submission).

Call at F.R.S.-FNRS:

8. Result of the analysis

Final results will be announced on FAPESP ( and F.R.S.-FNRS ( web portals and by means of a communication to the interested PIs.

9. Contract for selected projects by F.R.S.-FNRS

9.1 General rules and regulations of F.R.S.-FNRS apply:

9.2 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

10. Grant cancellation

F.R.S.-FNRS may cancel funding of a F.R.S.-FNRS researcher, if, during the grant timeframe, a significant event justifies its cancellation, without prejudice of any other appropriate actions.

11. Information about this Call at F.R.S.-FNRS

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

Ms Déborah Matterne


Tel: +32 (0)2 504 93 05

12. Research Networking Tool

FAPESP: The Virtual Library ( includes FAPESP’s database of awarded research grants and scholarships. In it, you may search for information on grants and fellowships funded by FAPESP, including abstracts as well the name of participating researchers and their institutions. The Virtual Library includes an interface that allows contacting FAPESP-funded researchers by sending them a message.

F.R.S.-FNRS: The F.R.S.-FNRS has an online database of all research is financed by the F.R.S.-FNRS called SPI. It can be used to search information on fellowships grants and research projects financed by the F.R.S.-FNRS and it can be searched by domain, domain descriptor and free keywords. The results will give you the title and the abstract of the fellowship/grant/project financed as well as the name of the principal investigator involved. You will need to find the e-mail address of the PI through the internet afterwards.