SPRINT 1st Edition 2015 - Guideline: University of Melbourne

SPRINT – 1 Edition – 2015
(Item 2.1.1. - e.)

GUIDELINE – Melbourne

Specific requests for submission of proposals in partnership with researchers from The University of Melbourne

FAPESP and The University of Melbourne, signed a Cooperation Agreement for Research on March 2013, aiming to implement scientific and technological cooperation between researchers from the MELBOURNE - AU, and from the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, through the funding of joint research projects.

Under the referred Agreement, as a first action to promote such collaboration, FAPESP and Melbourne make public this Call for Proposals for the exchange of researchers, under the terms and conditions of the SPRINT 1st Edition 2015 ( and hereinafter set forth.

1. Eligibility from MELBOURNE side

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

PIs must be permanent or contracted UNIMELB employees at an Academic Level A(6) or higher at time of application and must maintain this status for the duration of the proposed activities.

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

Principal Investigators as well Associated Researchers from UNIMELB directly involved in the ongoing research project. Participating UNIMELB post-doctoral fellows and PhD students must hold a fellowship/scholarship during the planned exchange mission.

2. Fields of knowledge

This Call for Proposals invites research proposals in all fields.

3. Duration of the project for the exchange of researchers

The maximum duration of each project is 24 months.

4. Funding principles

FAPESP will provide funding the equivalent of up AUD$10,000 (Ten Thousand Australian Dollars) per proposal per year and MELBOURNE will each provide funding of up to AUD$10,000 (Ten Thousand Australian Dollars) per proposal per year, for the duration of the grant to cover mobility expenses, under the provisions of eighth clause of the Scientific Cooperation Agreement established by the Parties (

5. Proposal Characteristics

5.1 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.

b. Submission forms and additional documents as requested as required by FAPESP and/or by the partner institutions.

5.2 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;

5.3. To Melbourne, the proposal for MELBOURNE must include the following items:

The UNIMELB Principal Investigator must provide a complete application that includes the Research Project as described above, as well as the Additional Documents requested by FAPESP in the in sections 6.2.1 a), c), d), e) and a copy of the Letter of Agreement as established in section 6.2.2).

6. Submission of proposals to MELBOURNE

Submissions to UNIMELB requires that the completed application be saved as a single PDF file and submitted via Themis Submission for Head of Department approval within the deadline of this Call. Once approved by the Head of Department, the PDF must be sent by the Principal Investigator from UNIMELB to

7. Result of the analysis

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

8. Contract for selected projects by MELBOURNE

Selected proposals will subject to the conditions set forth in a letter of award.

9. Grant cancellation

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

10. Information about this Call at MELBOURNE

All questions from Melbourne researchers related to this Call for Proposals must be directed to Dr. Adrian Collins -International Research Coordinator. Email:


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