Research Center for Gas Innovation



1. Introduction

One of the challenges in advancing knowledge is the complexity of current scientific and technological problems. Tackling these problems often requires longer term and more substantial support than that usually offered by FAPESP through its Regular Research Grants (or Thematic Projects). Longer term financing and (in many cases) interdisciplinary approaches permits more complex problems to be addressed, and very often more successfully.

In many cases, the identification of the most potentially rewarding technology challenges can stem from an association with business or government entities, which are directly connected to market or societal needs. In this context, FAPESP has built on its successful CEPID programme and has adapted it to facilitate partnership with committed co-funding industrial partners, who are motivated to deploy the research results.

The core mission of the CEPID initiative is to establish a long-term world class Research Centre with effective mechanisms for education and dissemination of knowledge, and technology transfer. These programmes require not only long-term financing but also a reasonably high degree of delegated authority in the application of the funding. They also require a strong institutional connection to the co-funding partner, and a regular and rigorous assessment of the centre’s performance.

BG Group is a medium sized international oil and gas exploration and production company with headquarters in the UK. It has recently implemented a technology strategy focused on R&D opportunities in Brazil, in the context of the investment obligations arising from pre-salt hydrocarbon production in the Santos Basin. A BG Global Technology Centre has been established in Rio de Janeiro from which a range of projects will be managed, spanning BG´s areas of operation and interests globally. BG Brasil is the BG Group subsidiary in Brazil.

BG has a particular interest in R&D in the field of natural gas innovation and technology in order to:

(i) Improve the energy efficiency of its own operations, reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions, understand and influence the demand for gas in its target markets;

(ii) Underpin the positioning of natural gas as a premium fuel in low carbon energy systems of the future.

With the large volumes of associated gas to be produced from the Santos Basin, BG has a particular interest in the development of the natural gas market in Brazil.

In partnership with FAPESP, BG wishes to establish a Brazilian Research Centre for Gas Innovation. The focus of the centre at a strategic level will be to undertake R&D into:

(i) New applications for natural gas (including the use of gas in an energy efficient manner);

(ii) The synergies between gas and other emerging technologies;

(iii) Studies that look at the potential for reducing the carbon intensity of natural gas and the associated cost and environmental benefits.

The centre will also address the current technology challenges that Brazil faces in maximising the penetration of natural gas.

The centre will be the first of its kind to be located in a tropical region and will aim to become the world’s leading research centre for gas innovation and its role in future energy systems. It should be noted that implementation and field trials will require close support through an ‘innovation incubator’ facility, and this will require resourcing to take projects through to full implementation. Working with other industrial partners will also be critical in this regard.

It is also envisaged that in future the centre may also sponsor the development of further education courses (Bachelor and Masters Level) and vocational training for new entrants and employees in the natural gas industry in Brazil.

BG recognises the CEPID programme as a suitable vehicle to promote a long-term research programme in this field with Sao Paulo research institutions and universities. In 2012, FAPESP and BG promoted an International Workshop on Science, Technology and Natural Gas Applications in Sao Paulo. With contributions from a wide range of Brazilian and international delegates, the workshop identified the most significant scientific challenges and opportunities in this field in the next 5 to 10 years. The discussions also allowed the identification of priority research themes for potential development, including advanced natural gas combustion, low-carbon power generation using natural gas, energy efficiency, fuel substitution, new applications for gas, and work on policy and gas infrastructure.

This initiative expands the aims of the FAPESP CEPID program, adding  a component of research collaboration with industry since the inception of the proposals, thus bringing in the approach of FAPESP's Research Partnership for Technological Innovation (PITE) program. The Research Centre for Gas Innovation in Sao Paulo to be selected by FAPESP and BG Brasil will perform world-class research in "natural gas" that advances the comprehension of the theme in the fields of Engineering, Physical Chemistry and Energy Policy and Economics, combining the best of both program's practices.

2. Definitions

a. Principal Investigator (PI): the senior academic faculty member responsible for the Centre Proposal and for the scientific and administrative coordination of the Centre. The PI will be an international leader in a technical field related to the focus of the Centre and will have the explicit endorsement of the Host Institution and other partner institutions, where appropriate. The PI will assume the role of the Centre Director.

b. Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI): is a Research Programme Leader, proposed by the PI and approved by FAPESP and BG Brasil. All Co-PIs must have an excellent research background in a related field; their participation must be clearly specified in the Research Centre Plan and this will be essential to the development of the projects to be carried out. Each of the three research programmes (see Section 4) will be technically coordinated by a Co-PI as a Research Programme Leader, who will be based at the appropriate institution.

c. Associate Investigator (AI): team researchers, assigned by the Co-PIs and approved by FAPESP and BG Brasil, responsible for contributing to well-defined elements of the Research Centre projects.

d. Education and Dissemination of Knowledge Coordinator (EDC): appointed by the Host Institution to manage educational and communicational interfaces to disseminate output from the Centre to the academic community and other stakeholders.

e. Technology Transfer Coordinator (TTC): appointed by the Host Institution to develop and manage the institutional and business relationships and interfaces to translate output from the Centre into practical applications.

f. Host Institution: the institution hosting the Research Centre and to which the PI is connected. This connection may not necessarily be through employment, but it must be formal in nature and appropriate to the responsibilities and commitments of the PI and the Host Institution. The Host Institution will provide institutional and administrative support for the Research Centre, including storing and accessing material and equipment for the project researchers.

g. ANP: Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels.

Further details on the requirements for the personnel assigned to the Centre are provided in Annex I.

3. Research Centre structure

The Research Centre will be responsible for the management of three discipline-based research programmes (see Figure 1 and Section 4). It is envisaged that although a single institution will host the Centre, there may be the need for other institutions to be involved in the delivery of the programmes. Therefore, proposals from leading consortia of institutions are encouraged, where a Host Institution is nominated along with partner institutions, which collectively have internationally leading academic capabilities that span the three research programmes and supporting areas. All participating institutions must be located in the State of Sao Paulo.

The Host Institution will provide the Research Centre Executive Committee (EC) and the necessary administration and support staff necessary to achieve the appropriate level of direction and coordination of activities across the three research programmes. Each of the programmes will deliver internationally competitive research in the topics detailed in Annex IV, and the coordination of the Centre activities will maximise the synergies between the different research programmes.

The Centre should expect to interact extensively with BG Brasil, BG Group and an international Sustainable Gas Institute (SGI) currently being established by BG Group. These interactions will include but will not be limited to the following:

· Knowledge exchange activities e.g. sharing of progress information, research findings, forward plans between the Research Centre and SGI groups;

· Where appropriate, temporary exchange of staff, students or other resources;

· More general networking and collaborative activities required with the SGI and other groups through periodic seminars, workshops and conferences, among others.

The SGI will have access to BG Group contacts in the wider international scientific communities in relevant activities, and the Research Centre will be encouraged to take advantage of these in the interests of developing and executing its research programmes.

Figure 1: Research Centre Structure

In broader terms, the goals of the Research Centre must be:

a. To perform world-class science and engineering research at the leading edge of either fundamental or applied knowledge, seeking economic and social impacts through innovation.

b. To transfer knowledge to BG Brasil (and its affiliates) and to society, including corporate and/or non-governmental and/or public sectors, e.g. by carrying out projects in partnership with companies, governmental agencies or NGO’s responsible for public policies, or through establishing small businesses using research developed by the Centre. These projects may benefit from other FAPESP programmes such as PITE (Partnership for Technological Innovation), PPP (Public Policies Research Programme) or PIPE (Innovative Research in Small Business Programme).

c. To interact with the educational system, especially at the primary and secondary levels, (for example through the FAPESP Public Education Research Programme).

d. To undertake international collaboration with leading universities from other countries that provide opportunities for international training of PhD students and post-doctoral researchers, facilitating the transfer of technical knowledge and enhancing the Brazilian academic base.

3.1 Composition of the research and management team

A key determining factor for the success of the Research Centre will be the existence of a balanced research and management team led by the PI, and supported by high quality administrative and management services. The latter may also include representative(s) of BG Brasil. The Centre should be able to demonstrate world-class expertise, and be underpinned by the scale, depth and duration of the proposed research activities. To deliver the research programmes efficiently and effectively will require continuous interaction between team members to achieve the scientific and technological goals, and the transfer and diffusion of knowledge. The dimensions, structure, and operation of the Centre should be determined based on the agreed research programmes.

The Research Centre will be directed by the Executive Committee (EC) comprising the Centre Director (PI), a Deputy Centre Director (appointed by BG Brasil), an Education and Dissemination of Knowledge Coordinator (EDC), and a Technology Transfer Coordinator (TTC). The EC should be supported by a professional staff to undertake and supervise the management and administrative tasks necessary for the operation of the Centre (to be hired by the Host Institution).

The Research Centre shall have a clearly defined scientific and technological focus that articulates the research activities to be developed. It must be understood that this is not an institutional support programme and, therefore, research divisions, departments, units and institutions will not be supported as such. Funding of Centre activities will be long term (but limited to 5 years), and with ongoing support conditional on regular progress and quality assessments throughout this period. The funds allocated may be used with a reasonably high degree of delegated authority, and FAPESP and BG Brasil will supervise expenditures through the periodic assessments of the Centre’s activities.

3.2 Participation of BG Brasil and the Sustainable Gas Institute

The participation of representatives from BG Brasil, its affiliates and the SGI in the activities of the Research Centre (including participating scientists or technicians), is considered essential and will be discussed with the PI and the Host Institution after the review process. The appointment of a BG Brasil representative as the Deputy Director of the Centre will facilitate a high level of interaction between the Centre, BG Brasil and its affiliates, and the SGI.

3.3 FAPESP-BG Brasil Joint Steering Committee (JSC)

A FAPESP-BG Brasil Joint Steering Committee (JSC) will be established to provide overall direction to the Research Centre. The JSC will include representatives from FAPESP and BG Brasil and will meet twice per year (every 6 months) to review the progress of the Centre, including the review and approval of the annual research plan. The JSC will ensure continued alignment of the Centre with the science and technology, education and technology transfer requirements of both FAPESP and BG Brasil. This will include a particular focus on identifying development and deployment opportunities for the research outputs of the Centre to be developed by BG Brasil and its affiliates.

3.4 International Advisory Board (IAB)

FAPESP and BG Brasil will establish an International Advisory Board (IAB) of renowned scientists in appropriate research fields to provide independent advice on the establishment and operation of the Research Centre. The IAB will include at least two foreign scientists who are active at the leading edge of research in their respective areas of knowledge. The IAB’s main role will be to advise on:

a. The selection of the best proposal for the Centre, from those considered the most internationally competitive.

b. The operation of the Centre, guiding the team regarding the direction and execution of ongoing research programmes, new opportunities for research, and strategies to increase its international competitiveness.

With respect to proposal selection, the input of the International Panel is supplementary to the established FAPESP evaluation processes, which will be implemented jointly by FAPESP and BG Brasil.

3.5 Involvement of international universities

Participation of international universities in projects should be proposed where such collaboration can provide unique and leading capabilities that enhances the technical outputs of the projects. Such international involvement could include, for example, periods spent by a São Paulo based PhD student or post-doctoral researcher at the university abroad.

4. Research Centre scope

The Centre will encompass three focused but complementary research programmes on the topics of interest below and with further details provided in Annex IV. Centre proposals must contain research plans for all three programmes, supported by details of proposed academic contributions and statements of capabilities in each area. A summary of the three research programmes is provided below:

a) Research Programme: Engineering based - scientific and technological research focused on engineering to promote new applications and low-carbon power generation, including:

· Small scale natural gas generators: to develop small scale natural gas generators to compete with alternative power sources e.g. small scale diesel generators, exploiting cost and environmental advantages;

· Natural gas/hydrogen fuels for shipping: to address i) the technical questions around production and handling of blended fuels and ii) the development of codes and standards;

· Associated developments to optimise use of natural gas in shipping: to increase and optimise the usage of natural gas based fuels in the marine transport system two main developments are required, i) development and optimisation of natural gas and hybrid powertrains and ii) development of innovative, lightweight storage systems.

· Opportunities to detect measure and minimise methane emissions/losses from gas supply and utilisation systems.

b) Research Programme: Physical Chemistry based - scientific and technological research focused on physical chemistry to promote low-carbon power generation, fuel substitution and transport and new applications for gas, including:

· Advanced and cleaner natural gas combustion: to develop the ability to reduce the environmental impact of natural gas combustion, reduce emissions of unburned methane when combusted and promoting more competition with hydro power in Brazil;

· Fuel Cell Developments: research to help position Brazil within a global Centre of Excellence in fuel cell developments;

· Conversion of natural gas to chemicals (e.g. H2, CO & NH3): the two main objectives are i) to generate added-value products from methane for the Brazilian (and global) markets, and ii) to provide in-situ manufacture of chemicals which carry a significant transport hazard.

c) Research Programme: Energy Policy and Economics based - promotion of infrastructure and policies to encourage gas utilisation, including:

· Policies for the development of gas in energy systems: to develop information sources which will provide credible and authoritative information for the development of gas as a key energy source and to demonstrate how gas can be integrated into emerging energy systems in the Brazilian context;

· Development of supply chains for natural gas for remote areas: to promote the use of natural gas in remote areas and in areas where it is not currently viable and to reduce CO2 emissions by replacing other fossil fuels with natural gas.

5. Research Centre - minimum requirements

Proposals will include the following minimum requirements:

a. Research Centre Plan: including details of the proposed management structure for the Centre, including the key roles (with individuals identified where possible) and details of the objectives, scope, budgets and delivery mechanisms for the research, education, and knowledge dissemination and technology transfer programmes.

b. Research Programme Plans: detailed content and execution plans for the three research programmes, indicating the delivery of internationally leading research.

c. Participating Institutions: confirmation that the Centre will be hosted in an higher education and research institutions, or research institutions, which are public or non-for-profit private entities, in the State of São Paulo and associated with graduate programmes recognised by CAPES (preferably graded 5, 6 or 7), and which are committed to the long-term success of the proposed Centre. Where institutional collaboration is proposed, a formal relationship may be required by FAPESP and BG Brasil to be established.

d. Host Institution(s): a detailed description of the institutional contribution and schedules for disbursement and/or hiring of personnel are required, in particular:

a. Physical space and infrastructure: the physical area set aside for the Centre should provide for the satisfactory execution of research, innovation and diffusion activities and the on-going interaction between researchers. Where infrastructure needs to be built to achieve this, the proposal must include confirmation of the commitment to do so and the construction timeline. The infrastructure plan should also cater for management and administrative staff (including the BG Brasil representative noted in para. 3.1).

b. The technical, administration and management personnel to support the Centre.

e. Confirmation of the proposed EC. Minimum requirements for EC roles are listed in Annex 1.

f. Confirmation of the research team(s), in terms of structure, personnel, qualifications and experience. Well-qualified and experienced researchers from other states in Brazil or overseas may be nominated. The budget proposed may provide funds for such researchers, within FAPESP guidelines for visiting research awards.

g. Details of agreements, joint projects or collaborations established or under negotiation with internationally recognised foreign centres, departments or research institutes with a research focus in relevant areas. These are not mandatory but can enhance the strength of a proposal. If not already established, proposals should consider putting in place such collaborations within the first two years of the Centre’s operation, where these will add additional value to the research programmes. Where such collaborations are proposed, a formal relationship may be required to be established by FAPESP and BG Brasil.

Guidance on presentation requirements for proposals is provided in Annex II.

6. Support offered by FAPESP and BG Brasil

a. Funding will be awarded initially for a maximum of 3 (three) years and may be renewed at the discretion of the JSC. Renewal may be for up to 2 (two) further years. FAPESP and BG Brasil will not have any commitment to maintain the Centre beyond 5 (five) years, although may choose to do so and to provide additional funding by joint agreement.

b. The investments from FAPESP and BG Brasil are not expected to be the sole source of funding and exclusive support for the Centre. Proposals should provide details of the required budget and proposed sources and application of funds. Planned external financing will add value to proposals in evaluation.

c. External funding will require the advance approval of the JSC.

d. The Centre will also be encouraged to secure industrial funding (in Brazil and internationally) to support the translation of output from the Centre into products, equipment, services which may be commercialised or developed to benefit gas consumers, the development of the industry in Brazil, or the achievement of BG Brasil´s business objectives.

e. The Centre funding structure will be regulated by a separate agreement between FAPESP, BG Brasil and the Host Institution, which will provide that: (i) the funds to be granted by FAPESP shall be disbursed directly to the PI and (ii) the funds to be granted by BG Brasil shall be disbursed directly to the Host Institution.

6.1 FAPESP funding

FAPESP is forbidden by law to support administrative activities. For this reason, support from the Host Institution for all administrative activities will be required for the operational performance of the Centre.

Items that may be funded by FAPESP are:

a. Fellowships (at scientific initiation, technical training, master, doctorate, post-doctoral levels) and visiting researcher programmes;

b. Organisation of work meetings;

c. Research equipment;

d. Consumables;

e. Third-party services;

f. Per diem allowances for travel, transportation, living expenses for visiting researchers;

g. Civil construction of research infrastructure through the modification of existing facilities and structures (within the existing footprint);

h. International collaboration and/or training costs for PhD students and researchers.

Further information on Fundable Items is available at Annex III.

FAPESP funding may not be used for:

a. Administrative activities;

b. Additional salary payments of any nature;

c. The construction neither of new buildings nor of annexes to existing buildings (beyond the existing footprint).

6.2 BG Brasil funding

Items that may be funded by BG Brasil are those allowed by ANP Resolution number 33/2005, available at , i.e.:

a. Research equipment associated with the project (to be owned by the Host Institution on completion of the project);

b. Funds invested in PhD, interchange doctoral or post-doctorate fellowships at levels at least equal to the equivalent grants from FAPESP for these arrangements;

c. Provision for funds to be used to support training and collaborative activities with international partners where appropriate;

d. Acquisition of consumables, travel and third-party technical services when directly associated with the project;

e. Funds invested in infrastructure associated with the project (to be owned by the Host Institution after the completion of the project);

f. Funds to supplement the salaries of researchers employed by participating institutions; these will paid in accordance with the rules of the relevant institution, and in such a manner that does not imply employment by BG Brasil.

6.3 Host Institution support

Because of the legal requirements on the application of FAPESP funds, the Host Institution is required to provide support for all administrative activities (procurement, management, secretarial services, and others) and the payment of research support personnel. Moreover, the Host Institution (or partner Institution) must provide for:

a. Personnel and services for Centre and programme management, including as a minimum the Centre EC and a Research Programme Leader for each of the three programmes;

b. Personnel and support for procurement, scheduling, accounting and all other administrative tasks required to ensure the effective functioning of the proposed Centre;

c. All other technical personnel, support and facilities needed to operationalize and maintain the research programme and related activities;

d. The recruitment of new researchers/professors (this is not a mandatory requirement, but can add significant value to the proposal).

All institutional contributions must be described and quantified, physically and financially. This will include details of salaries for researchers and support personnel, facilities (layout of the area to be occupied by the Centre), and the equipment and infrastructure to which the Centre will have access (e.g. communication, computer network, support workshops, administrative resources). The level of the institutional support considered necessary will be an important factor in the assessment of the proposals.

6.4 Research Centre supervision

The activities of the Centre will be assessed annually by meanos of progress reports. At the end of the third year, a wide-ranging assessment will be carried out which may include visits and interviews with the Centre staff and researchers. The results of this assessment will be fundamental to any decision by FAPESP and BG Brasil with respect to continued support beyond the third year. In the event that funding is not continued the Centre will be granted six months of reduced support whilst it closes down operations.

6.5 Programme funding schedule

The financial support from FAPESP and BG Brasil to each of the programmes will be limited to the annual percentages of the total amount (the equivalent in Reais (R$) of US$ 10,000,000.00 in total provided by each party) described in the table below. The values ascribed for overheads for direct infrastructure costs (see Section 2 of Annex III) and the overheads for any awarded fellowships are included in the total values indicated:

Financial support from FAPESP (%)

Research Programmes

1st year

2nd year

3rd year

4th year

5th year









Physical Chemistry







Energy Policy and Economics














Financial support from BG Brasil (%)

Research Programmes

1st year

2nd year

3rd year

4th year

5th year









Physical Chemistry







Energy Policy and Economics














Guidance: Institutions should note that as far as the BG Brasil financial support is concerned, there is flexibility on phasing between programmes and across years, except that the 1st year funding total ($3.5m) should be regarded as a fixed total ceiling for that year. Institutions may propose variations to the BG funding allocation with respect to:

(a) alternative funding distributions across the three programmes within the year, and

(b) a different total funding profile across the 5 years.

This flexibility is to ensure that institutions are able to optimize their proposals with respect to investment phasing between programmes and across years. It applies only to the BG financial support, and institutions should also ensure that proposals are compliant with the guidance provided in this document on the constraints on the application of financial support by both FAPESP and BG Brasil.

Please note that for the moment the Energy Policy and Economics programme will be funded with financial support from FAPESP only.

7. Presentation of proposals

All proposals will be internationally peer reviewed; hence, they must be presented in ENGLISH.

Proposals must adequately describe the arrangements for both the academic organisation and management systems to be adopted by the Centre, and these should clearly demonstrate the feasibility of delivering the required scientific objectives.

The proposal must be submitted by the PI, with the endorsement of the appropriate institutional directors (for example, at a State University there should be an endorsement from the Unit Director, the Dean of Research, and the University President), and the Co-PIs. During the review process, the reviewers may consult the Lattes CVs of the PI, Co-PIs and other members of the scientific team; therefore, these must be kept updated.

More detailed guidance on required proposal content and formatting is provided in Annex II.

8. Review of proposals

Proposals will undergo a competitive and international review process, considering the degree to which the proposal complies with the conditions of this Call for Research Proposals.

Proposals will be submitted to FAPESP and be distributed to reviewers appointed jointly by FAPESP and BG with expertise relating to each of the three research programme areas. Each reviewer will analyse and report on the programme(s) relevant to his/her area(s) of expertise for each proposal received.

The jointly appointed IAB will also review the proposals, and taking into account the reviewers reports, the Board will deliver a written recommendation on each proposal and a ranking based on the technical analysis to the JSC. The JSC will issue a final recommendation to the FAPESP Scientific Director, who will confirm the final selection decision.

The review process may include (at the discretion of the JSC) an interview with the proposing PI, the research team, and directors of the Host Institution, as well as visits to participating institution(s).

At the end of the review, FAPESP and BG Brasil may recommend the merging of proposals.

FAPESP and BG Brasil are not bound to accept any of the proposals.

8.1 Review and selection criteria

The criteria used for ranking and selecting proposals will be as follows;

a. SCIENTIFIC MERIT. This will be based on the originality and degree of innovation of the proposal, benchmarked by an analysis of the international state of the art for the area. The project should be strategic and present reachable and measurable objectives to be met over the duration of the programme. It is essential that realistic and detailed timelines be made for the first three years of the programme. The Research Plan should promote the potential for the Centre to become a world-class reference in the area, and one of the important elements of the plan will be the strategy for effective international cooperation.

b. FOCUS. One common scientific/technological focus that articulates research activities to be developed is mandatory.

c. JUSTIFICATION FOR CREATION OF THE CENTRE. The proposal must explain the need to create a Centre. The CEPID Programme is focused on contributing to the establishment of world-class multidisciplinary Centres capable of creating cutting edge science and transferring and diffusing knowledge.

d. QUALIFICATIONS OF THE CENTRE RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT TEAM. The requirements for the qualifications, skills and experience of the research and management team are detailed in Annex I.

e. ADEQUACY OF THE SCIENTIFIC TEAM. Criteria will be based on the qualification, size, recent academic background of the scientific team, the balance between senior and junior team members, the participation of emerging leaders, and the level of involvement of post-doctoral researchers in recent grant funded research done by the Co-PIs. The team is expected to have a balanced composition of Co-PIs, AIs, visiting researchers, post-doctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and technical support personnel, supported by top quality administrative and management services.

f. INSTITUTIONAL COMMITMENTS TO THE CREATION OF THE CENTRE. The quality and quantity of the institutional contribution, including physical space to be used by the Centre and administrative and management support, needs to be compatible with the scale and scope of the proposal objectives.

g. EDUCATION AND KNOWLEDGE DISSEMINATION PROPOSAL. Criteria will be based on the mechanisms proposed for diffusion and education that may either consolidate existing processes, or propose innovations, with the potential for improving teaching and the perception of science by society.

h. TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER PROPOSAL. The degree of planned technology transfer to the industry, the public sector or third parties, may vary depending on the project focus, but is expected to lead to stronger bonds between research institutions and the external environment and to contribute to bringing new challenges in research to the institutions, thereby guaranteeing that societal benefits created by the research are maximised.

i. TOTAL ESTIMATED BUDGET ADEQUACY. Criteria will include;

i. Sources and uses of funds

ii. Balance between personnel and equipment costs

iii. Adequacy of funding in relation to research objectives

iv. Effective and appropriate use of existing infrastructure

v. Access to other (confirmed or prospective) funding sources

vi. Access to institutional support

j. MANAGEMENT PLAN. Criteria will include;

i. Skills, experience and evidence of strategic management and business development capabilities within management team

ii. Programme management proposals, including progress and performance tracking arrangements, programme governance framework, budget controls, internal audit

iii. Internal and external communications plan

iv. Stakeholder management plan

v. Risk management plan

vi. Evidence of compliance with BG Group Ethical Conduct policy and standards

vii. Evidence of compliance with BG Group Health, Safety, Security and Environment requirements

9. Timeline

Deadline for proposal submission

March, 10th, 2014

Announcement of selected proposal(s)

September, 12th, 2014

10. For further information


11. Implementation of the approved proposal

The cooperation between FAPESP, BG Brasil, and the participating institutions will be regulated by a separate agreement that will define:

a. The schedule of disbursements and financial reports;

b. The definition and timing of expected results at each stage of the project;

c. Clauses on Intellectual Property, commercial exploitation and confidentiality;

d. Term;

e. Legal venue.

Annex I: Research and management team requirements

1. Requirements for the PI and the CoPIs

Experiences from similar research centres in other countries have shown that the success in implementation is highly dependent on the appropriate choice of the Research Centre Director (PI) and the team of researchers. In addition to having an excellent academic and research track record, the Director should possess strong leadership skills and strategic management capabilities, and be able to engage positively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, including those at all levels within the FAPESP, BG Group and SGI organisations. He/she will have the ability to lead a multidisciplinary team to develop the business of the Centre and to deliver results to required quality, cost and schedule parameters.

The research team must reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the Centre, and is expected to include some young researchers with a strong track record and proven potential for development. The Research Programme Leaders must be experienced researchers who have produced scientific work of international impact and have demonstrated competence in delivering complex and cooperative research programmes.

Specific requirements for the PI and Co-PIs are:

a. A PhD degree or equivalent qualification;

b. A formal connection with a research institution in the State of São Paulo: when this is not through employment, documentary evidence of a formal linkage will be required;

c. Proven and substantial scientific or technological production and leadership in large and ambitious research projects;

d. Proven experience and competence in one or more of the areas in which the Research Centre is to be involved, demonstrated by:

i. Evidence of high quality, regular and high impact scientific and technological output;ii. Training of researchers at graduate level;

Experience in the execution of research projects through scientific exchange and in collaboration with researchers from institutions in Brazil and/or in other countries;

The ability to form research groups and generate results recognised by the scientific community.

The PI and Co-PIs must demonstrate a substantial time and dedication to the Centre’s activities. They are expected to dedicate a minimum of 20 hours per week to activities in the Centre.

2. Requirements for other EC members

The Host Institution will resource and appoint an Education and Knowledge Dissemination Coordinator (EDC) and a Technology Transfer Coordinator (TTC) to the EC for the Centre.

The EDC should be experienced in developing projects in this area and in designing and delivering educational programmes, courses and seminars. The EDC will be skilled in communicating outputs to relevant internal and external Centre stakeholders and gathering feedback to help shape the future direction of the research programmes. He/she will have strong relationship building, networking and communications skills, and will be able to work within the Centre EC team in an integrated and effective manner. The EDC has to be supported by other staff as required.

The TTC will be a researcher experienced in technology programme management and delivery, and with a track record of successful implementation of research output and technology developments. He/she will be able to build relationships with other academic institutions, private companies, government agencies and other Centre stakeholder organisations. The TTC will play a particularly critical role in liaising with SGI personnel to ensure the effective translation of Centre outputs to address BG Group business needs.

Annex II: Presentation requirements for proposals

1. Cover sheet

PI, name of the Centre, name of Host Institution and associated institutions, names and connections of proposed EDC and TTC.

2. Abstract (30 lines)

The abstract of the proposal.

3. Summary (up to 2 pages)

a. Focus of research programmes and their multidisciplinary focus;

b. Description of Education and Dissemination of Knowledge and Technology Transfer plans;

c. Description of justification for creation of the Centre;

d. Brief description of the institutional contribution.

4. Justification for the Research Centre (up to 3 pages)

The existence of the Centre must be justified based on the nature, importance, and feasibility of the activities to be developed. It should be based on the following criteria:

a. The complexity of the scientific and technological challenges;

b. The scale and duration of the research activities to be carried out;

c. The multidisciplinary character of the planned research;

d. The need for continual interaction between team members.

5. Research Programme Plan and description of its scientific relevance (up to 20 pages, including bibliographic references, for each Research Program)

The Research Programme Plan is the technical core of the Centre proposal. It should describe the scientific and technological challenges to be addressed, and the means, methods, and materials to be deployed in the research programmes. It should refer to the state of the art in the relevant area(s) in connection with the activities proposed.

A bold and distinctive Research Programme Plan is expected, highly competitive both nationally and internationally. How the chosen strategy will influence the area of research in a significant manner should be shown. The Research Programme Plan should articulate the vision for the programme, outlining the scientific macro-challenges that will be faced and/or the scientific discoveries to be pursued. Specifically the plan needs to justify the special support that is offered and the potential funding period of 5 years, in terms of complexity of problems and/or scale and potential of the scientific relevance.

The scientific objectives of the Centre and the research activities should be described in a sufficiently detailed manner to allow for scientific assessment of their merit as well as of the need for an integrated programme to carry them out. The Research Programme Plan should also show how the integration of the Education and Dissemination of Knowledge and Technology Transfer functions will contribute to advancing research and innovation, and deploying developments to the benefit of stakeholders in the Centre. The Research Programme Plan should also include some specific examples of lines of research with enough detail to allow for analysis and audit.

6. Action plan for Education and Knowledge Dissemination (up to 5 pages, including bibliographical references)

The activities of the Centre will include training of human resources at every level and the education and dissemination of knowledge. In addition to developing undergraduate and graduate level science research programmes, the Centres will also be responsible for developing and implementing basic education extension activities, such as secondary education student and teacher activities, teacher training, science diffusion courses, and continuing education programmes. The experience of participants in this type of activity should be briefly described, emphasising documented results.

Proposals are expected to contribute to the education and dissemination of knowledge and to improving the teaching of sciences at every level, through routes such as research programmes for faculty and students, projects in partnership with schools, other education and dissemination initiatives, etc.

7. Action plan for Technology Transfer (up to 5 pages, including bibliographic references)

Research activities at the Centre should have significant potential for exchange with other research and knowledge transfer institutions in the industrial and governmental sectors. The Technology Transfer proposal should describe how the Centre will develop and implement these activities. Prior experience of participants with this type of activity should be briefly described, emphasising documented results (projects, co-authored publications, licensed or co-licensed patents, absorption of graduate students by collaborator companies, etc.).

The plan must be described and the viability of technology transfer activities must be shown via projects to be done in partnership, incubation of companies, continuing education programmes, and other activities.

8. Plan and organisation structure for Centre operations

8.1 Organisation plan and structure (up to 3 pages)

The Centre must have an organisational structure and plan adequate to deliver complex and diverse scientific objectives. The organisation chart must include the coordinators for the Education and Diffusion of Knowledge and Technology Transfer activities, in addition to other coordinators that the proposers consider necessary.

The plan should also show how the Centre will be located within the Host Institution, and how research programmes located within other institutions will be integrated.

The plan should also detail the management model for activities, and the planned mechanisms of collaboration. At least one annual meeting should be included, in which the results and/or projects and/or plans for the coming period will be presented and discussed, held in addition to regular team meetings. At the annual meeting, the attendance of the International Advisory Board and all of the Centre’s researchers is required. FAPESP, BG Brasil and SGI observers must be invited with reasonable notice given.

The management plan shall also include information on how the Centre will manage health, safety, security and environmental risks, and it should contain a management of change strategy statement.

8.2 Executive Committee (1 page)

As a minimum, this will comprise the membership outlined in Section 3.1. This may be expanded if deemed appropriate by the proposers. The EC will supervise all day-today operations at the Centre and will be assisted by an appropriately sized support team provided by the Host Institution.

8.3 Proposal for composition of the International Advisory Board (up to 2 pages)

The proposal should include suggested names and justification for their nomination. Members of the IAB should be researchers who are very highly regarded for their international excellence and people to whom the Centre Director and EC Coordinators will have relatively easy access. The proposal should also suggest the modus operandi of the IAB.

FAPESP and BG Brasil may want to nominate members to the IAB. In that case, the appointed names will be discussed with the PI and the Host Institution after the review process.

8.4 Project team (up to 5 pages)

List of team members: researchers (including post-doctorate members with fellowships), technicians, administrative support personnel and students. A description of the responsibilities of the PI and each of the Co-PIs should be included in the Research Plan. The Centre is expected to have a team with a balanced distribution between the PI, Co-PIs, AIs, visiting researchers, post-doctorate researchers, students and the corresponding technical and administrative support. For each member of the scientific team (PI, EDC, TTC and CoPIs) the proposal must include individual résumés (using the form available at These team members should also fill out the researcher registration, also available on the FAPESP website. A description of the most important achievements already made through the collaboration between the PI and Co-PIs should also be included (one page maximum).

9. Estimate of total annual Centre budget (using appropriate form)

This should include all sources of funds the Centre will have access to, listing uses (see sources and uses spreadsheet) of funds in terms of scientific personnel, technical personnel, administrative personnel, students, permanent equipment and material, consumables, and third-party services.

10. Budget request for FAPESP and BG Brasil (using appropriate form plus justification sheets)

The detailed budget request should include justification (based on the objectives of the Research Plan, and the Education and Dissemination of Knowledge and Technology Transfer plans) for all of the items valued at more than R$ 25,000 (national or imported), referenced to the relevant activity in the Research Plan. This budget request should be prepared for the first three years of the Centre’s operation in detail, and for the other years based on reasonable and justifiable estimates. The budget should include details of the support requested separately from FAPESP and BG Brasil for each of the research programmes, and the supporting Education and Dissemination of Knowledge and Technology Transfer programmes.

11. Details of institutional support to be provided and costs (up to 5 pages)

Description of the institutional support offered by the Host Institution(s), including detailed information on the costs of each item.

12. Details on other current and expected support (up to 2 pages)

Details of other support a) currently contracted and b) planned or expected, over the possible 5 year term for the Centre.

Important: all appropriate forms to the submission of the proposal can be found at

Annex III: Items fundableby FAPESP and BG Brasil

The research project budget presented to FAPESP must be detailed and each item must be specifically justified in terms of objectives of the proposed plans (see the Accountability Manual at

Items that may not be financed are salaries of any nature, third-party services of a non-technical and sporadic nature, civil construction, acquisition of publications, travel (except for field research and to present work at scientific conferences), administrative services and materials.

Items that may be financed include the following:

1. Research project costs

a. Permanent materials acquired in Brazil or imported;

b. Consumables acquired in Brazil or imported;

c. Third party services acquired in Brazil or abroad;

d. Transportation and per diem expenses for activities connected directly with carrying out the proposed research, including for visits from Visiting Researchers;

e. Fellowships: Fellowships may be requested as a budget item (BCO) within the following programmes and in accordance with FAPESP standards: Post-Doctorate (PD), Doctorate (DR), Honors Doctorate (DD), Masters (MS), Scientific Initiation (IC), and Technical Training (TT).