Agreement between FAPESP and Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna Versão em português


The SAO PAULO STATE FOUNDATION - FAPESP , established by Law nº 5.918, of October 18th, 1960, with headquarters at Rua Pio XI, 1500, Alto da Lapa, São Paulo, SP, enrolled in CNPJ/MF under nº 43.828.151/0001-45, herein represented according to article 11, “a” of Law nº 5.918, combined with its General Rule approved by Decree n° 40.132, of May 23, 1962, represented by its President, Prof. Dr. CELSO LAFER, in the exercise of the powers delegated by Act of the Governor of the State of São Paulo, published in the Official Gazette of the State, of July 30, 2013, hereinafter referred to as FAPESP,


the Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna with registered office in Via Zamboni, 33 - 40126 Bologna, Italy represented for the purposes of this Agreement by The Rector Prof. Ivano Dionigi hereinafter referred to as UNIBO and both to as “Parties”:

CONSIDERING the importance of promoting cooperation in scientific and technological research between Università di Bologna, Italy and the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, wishing to strengthen this cooperation on the basis of equality and mutual benefit;

CONSIDERING need to strengthen the links between the scientific communities of both countries and also to encourage new forms of collaboration between its research centers;

WISHING to promote initiatives collaboration in scientific research and technological development in priority areas of interest to both parties, fostering bilateral cooperation;

Agree as follow:

1. Purpose

Through this Cooperation Agreement, the Parties will promote scientific and technological cooperation between researchers from UNIBO and from the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, through the funding and implementation of joint projects in the field of research.

2. Methods of Collaboration

The Parties will promote such collaboration, observing its international obligations and domestic laws and other existing regulations through mechanisms such as:

a) Implementation of joint research projects on issues of common concern, exchanging knowledge and results, and the promotion of joint application to competitive Funds (including but not limited to those launched by Brazilian, European and International funding bodies);

b) Organization of scientific and technological seminars, specialized workshops, symposia and other scientific meetings of mutual interest;

c) Promotion of the interaction with other institutions and research groups relevant to both countries, with the goal of identifying future areas for cooperation and of implementing targeted initiatives;

d) Activities of scientific exchange that will help prepare the ground for the development of cooperative research projects between teams from the State of São Paulo and from Università di Bologna, including but not limited to, scientific exchange visits, workshops and bilateral scientific seminars, doctoral and post graduate training initiatives;

(i) In case of scientific exchange, the Parties will appreciate proposals that contribute to prepare the base for a joint research proposal.

3. Scientific Areas

The activities mentioned in the first item could be developed, in principle, in all areas of knowledge. Areas of interest can be specified by the Steering Committee, in the calls for research proposals.

4. Implementation

a) The Parties will establish one or more actions according to Clause 2 and in accordance with the scientific relevance and the national legislation in each country of the Parties and their own budget availability.

b) The Parties will appoint two representatives one from each Party, which will form a Joint Steering Committee responsible for the implementation of this Agreement and for drafting the call for proposals.

c) For the elaboration of the actions, the Parties may provide, by agreement, the most appropriate procedures including: mechanisms such as: delegation meetings, workshops, correspondence and other procedures.

d) Each Party will receive and review the proposals according to its own criteria and rules. After the revision of the proposals, the Parties will decide in a meeting which proposals will be supported.

e) The Parties may establish joint procedures for the submission and review of the proposals in case of mutual interest and the decision of the Steering Committee.

5. Funding

a) For each of the research projects that are approved, the University of Bologna will assume the funding of research teams from UNIBO and FAPESP of the research teams from the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in all cases according to their national rules and regulations and budget availability.

b) The amount for funding will be defined according to each call for proposals and might cover the costs of research expenses and travel expenses of the selected proposals.

6. Intellectual Property and Confidentiality

a) The Parties agree that, when the actions taken by virtue of this Agreement generate results covered by Intellectual Property Rights, rules concerning confidentiality, ownership of and access rights to such Intellectual Property Rights will be regulated in separate agreements, in compliance with national legislation, international conventions in force and the Intellectual Property Rights Policy of the Parties.

b) In the case of joint ownership of Intellectual Property Rights, the Parties will in good faith endeavor to establish a joint ownership agreement regarding the allocation and terms of exercising such joint ownership, taking into account the relevant contributions of the parties.

7. Term

a) This Agreement shall be valid for a period of 5 (five) years from the date of its signing and may be extended by mutual agreement between the Parties in a written amendment to this Agreement.

b) Each Party may terminate this Agreement by written notice, with a period of six months in advance. Nevertheless, the provisions on Intellectual Property under Article 6 shall survive the termination of this Agreement for a period of five years.

c) The termination of this Agreement shall not bring harm to the implementation of projects and programs already approved or which had already started, in which case the Parties should keep their budget for the projects and programs during the term of its validity.

8. Communications

Any notice to be served on either of the Parties by the other shall be made in writing and shall be sent to the following addresses:

Rua Pio XI, 1500 - Alto da Lapa
CEP 05468-901 - São Paulo / SP - Brasil
Att.: Scientific Director

(b) UNIBO:
Via Zamboni, 33
40126 Bologna (BO) - Italy
Att.: Head of Research and Technology Transfer Division

9. Modifications

This Agreement may be amended by mutual consent of the Parties and made official by Addenda.

10. Miscellaneous

a) Each Party covers its own administration costs regarding its contribution to the call, unless otherwise jointly decided.

b) This Agreement is subject to the availability of funds in the budget of the Parties and the applicable laws and regulations of their respective countries.

c) The Parties shall maintain the highest ethical and legal standards in funding research under this Agreement.

d) The Parties agree that this Agreement is produced in good faith, so that any dispute and/or interpretation arising therefrom in relation to its implementation, execution and compliance will be resolved jointly by them and shall be in writing. If no agreement is reached between the Parties, this document will be terminated without liability to the Parties that should agree how to conclude the actions in progress to date of notification of termination by either party.

Signed in four original copies, two in English and two in Portuguese, both texts being equally authentic.

Celso Lafer – President


Ivano Dionigi – Rector