SPRINT Call for Proposals – 3rd Edition/2014 Versão em português

Deadline: January 26, 2015

Public Call for Proposals offering seed funding to support the exchange of researchers under FAPESP’s programSao Paulo Researchers in International Collaboration (SPRINT).

1. Objective

To promote the engagement of researchers affiliated to institutions of higher education and research in the State of São Paulo in partnership with researchers abroad in order to:

1.1 Further develop qualitatively the ongoing research projects; and

1.2 Work cooperatively aiming at the elaboration of joint research projects of medium and long term, for submission to FAPESP, by researchers from the State of São Paulo, and to the research funding agencies in the countries of corresponding partners, by their colleagues.

2. Rules for designing the Proposal in International Collaboration

This Call for Proposals considers the following partnership alternatives:

2.1 Proposals in partnership with researcher whose institution has a current Agreement with FAPESP.

2.1.1 Specific information about fields of knowledge, maximum project duration, and grant value to support each selected proposal, must follow the procedures agreed by FAPESP and the respective partner institution to which the partner researcher is affiliated. The procedures are described in Annexes to this call, for the institutions listed below:

a. Durham University, UK:

b. Groupe des Écoles Centrales (GEC), France:

c. Heriot-Watt University, UK:

d. Texas Tech University, USA:

e. University of California Davis, USA:

f. University of North Carolina-Charlotte, USA:

g. University of Toronto, Canada:

2.1.2 The foreign partner researchers must follow the additional instructions of their own institution for the submission of the project and for the clarification of doubts.

2.2 Proposals in partnership with researchers whose institution does not have a current Agreement with FAPESP.

2.2.1 FAPESP may receive proposals from researchers whose partners are from institutions with which FAPESP does not have a current agreement. In that case, the Principal Investigator must present to FAPESP evidence of availability of matching funds, based on item 2.2.2 below, to be used by the partner researcher.

2.2.2 It will be considered on as a basis the matching funds equivalent to up to US$10.000,00 (ten thousand dollars) per year, for projects of up to two years duration. FAPESP expects to support up to five (5) proposals of this type.

2.2.3 In this mode, FAPESP will approve only those proposals for which the matching funds demonstrated are applied in a way consistent with the objectives of the SPRINT program.

3. Eligibility to submit proposals within the scope of this Call

FAPESP considers eligible to submit proposals to this call:

3.1 Principal Investigators of ongoing research projects funded by FAPESP within the following FAPESP funding lines: Regular Research Awards, Thematic Projects, Young Investigators, Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (CEPIDs/RIDCs), Public Education Research Program, Research in Public Policies, and Research Partnership for Technological Innovation (PITE). Co-Principal Investigators of ongoing Thematic Projects, CEPIDs/RIDCs and PITEs are also eligible to apply.

3.2 FAPESP will accept only one application per related ongoing research project. Likewise, each researcher can present only one proposal to this Call.

3.3 The ongoing research project linked to this proposal must have a minimum of six months duration left by the scheduled beginning of the mobility project.

3.4 FAPESP may accept proposals submitted to this call linked to research proposals that are still undergoing merit review. However, if the research proposal is still under analysis or has not been approved by the time the proposals in this Call are selected, the related mobility proposal will be cancelled.

4. Timeline

Call announced on FAPESP and Partner’s websites

November 06, 2014

Closing date for submission of proposals

January 26, 2015 - delivery until January 28, FAPESP's opening to the public after recess

Successful proposals notified

April 24, 2015

5. Funding principles and Duration of the Projects

Funds can be requested for:

5.1 The mobility of researchers (air tickets, health insurance and living allowances) to accomplish the purposes set forth under item (1) of this Call.

5.2 FAPESP will support the researchers from the State of São Paulo in scientific missions in the Partner Institution, and the Partner Institution (or another funding body, for the cases under item 2.2.1) will support the researchers from the partner country carrying out scientific missions in the State of São Paulo.

5.3 Details on funding that are specific for each Partner Institution are described in the guidelines listed in item 2.1.1 of this Call for Proposals.

5.4 The grant can only be used for the exchange of researchers, visits for research planning, international workshops, and initial activities of data collection, always aiming to continue research collaboration and consolidation.

5.5 The maximum duration of each project is 24 months, non-extendable and following the specificities described in the guidelines of each Partner Institution, listed in item 2.1.1 of this Call for Proposals.

6. Proposal characteristics

The proposal shall be composed of:

a. A Research Project having a maximum of five (5) pages of scientific content, written jointly by the Principal Investigator to FAPESP and his/her colleague, the Principal Investigator at the Partner Institution. The Research Project must be written in English. One copy of the Research Project shall be sent to FAPESP and another (identical) copy to the Partner Institution. (see 6.1, below)

b. Submission forms and additional documents, as required by FAPESP (see 6.2, below) and/or by the partner institutions.

6.1 The Research Project must include the following:

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

b. A timeline for each specific exchange mission, considering the limit of missions and funding established in this Call;

c. Performance indicators for the planned activities;

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 Partner Institution and for the Host Institution in the State of São Paulo, e.g. by means of seminars, short courses and visits to other institutions that carry out research activities in cognate areas;

6.2 Additional documents required by FAPESP (to be filled in English):

6.2.1 A one-page summary of the FAPESP funded research project to which the mobility proposal relates, including:

a. Current and expected results;

b. An objective description of how the ongoing project to which the proposal is associated will benefit from the exchange activities;

c. A description of the expected academic gains for the ongoing research project resulting from the proposed exchange activities;

d. A description of the infrastructure and funding available for the research project, excluding the mobility expenses requested in the proposal.

6.2.2 Forms:

a. Research Proposal Form;

b. Researcher Registration Form to be filled in exceptionally in Portuguese by the PI and by all candidates for the exchange activities.

(i) The candidates for exchange activities must be affiliated to Higher Education and Research Institutions in the State of São Paulo;

c. CV Summaries of the Principal Investigators on both sides and of all candidates from the State of Sao Paulo for the exchange activities (guidelines at;

d. Budget forms;

e. Worksheet with the candidates for the exchange missions (according to those planned in the project - item 6.1 - b);

6.2.3 A Letter of Agreement between the Partner Institution and the Higher Education and Research Institution in the State of São Paulo to which the PI from São Paulo is affiliated, establishing how Intellectual Property rights, confidentiality, and publications will be treated jointly, in observance of the policies of each funding Party, considering SPRINT item 8 ( The Letter of Agreement is not mandatory for the submission of proposals, but no approved project will be contracted before the presentation of a copy of the signed Agreement.

6.2.4 Proposals related to ongoing FAPESP PITE projects must present a Statement of Consent by the company that co-funds the PITE project agreeing with the application to this CFP.

6.3 Additional documents required by the Partner Institution:

The Principal Investigator at the Partner Institution must consider the Additional Documents described in the Guideline of his/her funding institution. Guidelines for FAPESP Partner institutions are available in item 2.1.1 of this Call for Proposals. When the additional instructions in the Guideline include adaptations that need to be joint followed, the São Paulo researchers should also consider the terms and conditions set for in the respective partner Guideline.

7. Eligible funding Items

FAPESP will provide the selected proposals with funds for travel (air tickets), health insurance and living allowances for researchers from the State of São Paulo that will visit the Partner Institution according to item 7.1 below.

7.1 Eligibility for the exchange activities within the scope of this Call: Are eligible the team members of the related ongoing research award described above in item 3, when previously defined in the ongoing process as:

a. Principal or Co-Principal Investigators;

b. Associated Researchers affiliated to Higher Education and Research Institutions in the State of São Paulo.

(i) Associated Researchers who are Post-doctoral fellows must have an ongoing FAPESP fellowship during the planned exchange mission.

7.2 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.

8. Submission of proposals

8.1 The proposal, as specified in the previous section, must be submitted according to the deadline stated in section four above, both to FAPESP by the Principal Investigator from the State of São Paulo and to Partner Institution by the foreign Principal Investigator. The project submitted to FAPESP and to the prospective partner institution must be identical, one being a copy of another.

8.2 Proposals submitted to only one Party will not be eligible.

8.3 No proposal will be accepted after the closing date for submission, nor will any addendum or explanation be accepted, unless those explicitly and formally requested by FAPESP or Partner Institution.

8.4 Submissions to FAPESP can only be accepted in paper, via mail, to the following address: Rua Pio XI, 1500, Alto da Lapa, CEP 05468-901 – São Paulo/SP, with “SPRINT – Chamada de Propostas 2/2014” written on the envelope. Only proposals with a stamped postmark date within the deadline of this Call will be processed.

8.5 Proposals submitted by any other means will not be accepted. Late submissions will be returned.

9. Analysis and selection

9.1 Each Party will select the proposals according to its own procedures. Only the proposals selected by both Parties will be funded.

9.2 The proposals will be pre-qualified and, subsequently, analyzed by way of a competitive process which will evaluate project merit and relevance, the relation of the proposed project to the ongoing project funded by FAPESP, the proposed project capacity to leverage further research funding, and the strategic research aims of the Partner Institution.

9.3 Proposals that do not comply with the terms of this Call will not qualify for analysis. 

10. Result of the analysis

Final results will be announced on FAPESP ( and at the web portals of the Partner Institutions and by means of a communication to the interested PIs.

11. Contract for selected projects

To FAPESP: Selected proposals will be the object of a grant contract (FAPESP) to be signed by the PI and a representative of the Higher Education and Research Institution to which he/she is affiliated.

12. Grant cancellation

FAPESP may cancel funding if, during the grant timeframe, a fact is of sufficient gravity to justify cancellation, at the discretion of the Scientific Director, without prejudice of any other appropriate actions.

13. Information about this Call at FAPESP

The questions related to this Call for Proposals must be directed to

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