Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action 2016 - Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative

“Food-Water-Energy Nexus (SUGI-FEW nexus)”

Guidelines for Proponents from the State of São Paulo, Brazil


1 Introduction

Through this call, the Belmont Forum and the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe collectively seek to bring together integrated teams of natural scientists, engineers, social scientists, business, and urban stakeholders to develop projects requiring collaborative, international, inter- and transdisciplinary research and innovation.

This call is supported by Belmont Forum selected funding agencies from different countries and also by agencies related to the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe. The complete list of participants can be found at:

2 Scientific Research Topics

Projects must address all three sectors food, water and energy by an integrative approach within the themes listed below:

a. Robust Knowledge, Indicators and Assessments;

b. Multi-level Governance and Management of the Food-Water-Energy Nexus;

c. Managing Potential Strategies and Solutions to address emerging Risk and Tradeoffs at the intersection of Sustainable Urbanisation and the FWE Nexus.

For detailed descriptions, please consult the call main page at

3 Grant Modality

Proposals should follow the overall conditions of Regular Research Awards (, including the exceptionalities described at item 4.4 below.

4 Guidelines to Proponents

4.1 Eligibility check

d. Proponents from the State of São Paulo must be established researchers with Social Sciences or Humanities background and have a proven track record of working in interdisciplinary projects such as the Thematic Projects grants at FAPESP in the topic areas of the proposal.

e. It is highly recommended that interested researchers from the state of São Paulo consult FAPESP regarding their eligibility prior to consortium Pre-Proposal preparation. This procedure should avoid unnecessary efforts of researchers that ultimately would not be able to participate at the collaborative project.

f. Eligibility consultations should be sent only to the email address containing the information below (please identify the message with the subject: ”BF-SUGI Eligibility Check”):

c.1. Summary CV of the applicant from the state of São Paulo (in English, according to the template available at;

c.2. Title and summary of the proposal;

c.3. The name of the Main Applicant of the project consortium and of all co-Applicants from other countries, and respective institutions;

c.4. Estimated budget request to FAPESP, including overheads and fellowships costs;

c.5. Duration of the project and an estimation of the weekly hours to be devoted to the project by the applicant from São Paulo.

4.2 How to submit pre and full proposals

a. No submissions are to be sent directly to FAPESP at closing dates for both Pre-Proposals andFull Proposals. Only the Main Applicant of each consortium will submit the joint proposal according to the guidelines at:

b. After the submission phase of the Full Proposals, the Principal Investigator from the state of São Paulo of a project consortium will be individually contacted by FAPESP for further instructions on how to submit the due complete documentation. 

4.3 Overall conditions of the multinational call for proposals

a. The budget earmarked by FAPESP for this call will be equivalent of up to € 1.000.000 (one million euros).

b. This call will support collaborative research projects of multinational research teams for 36 months, to be selected with a two-stage procedure (Pre-Proposal stage followed by a Full Proposal stage for the projects that successfully go through the previous stage).

c. There are no fixed minimum or maximum limits for a project size. Medium-sized projects with total budgets requested from the funding organizations in the range of 1-2 M€ are typically expected.

d. Funding should support proposals that combine significant contributions by scientists from at least three of the participating countries.

e. It is expected that applications to this call will be through trans-national research consortia as defined in the Belmont Forum call and FAPESP will fund the partner from the State of São Paulo, Brazil, of any successful collaborative proposal.

f. FAPESP has the ultimate responsibility for decisions regarding funding recommendations for the selected proposals, which will confirm any budgetary constraints on submitted projects prior to a final decision on an award being made by the review process as described by the main Call for Proposals text at

4.4 Exceptionalities to the norms and regulations of the Regular Research Award

a. Exceptionally for this call, a Regular Research Award may have a duration of up to 36 months.

b. The maximum allowable budget, except for Post-doctoral fellowships, is up to R$ 60.000,00 (sixty thousand reais) per year, including all applicable overheads.

c. Exceptionally for this call, up to two Post-doctoral fellowships can be requested as budget items, according to regulations at

c.1. Technical Trainning fellowships are not eligible for FAPESP funding exceptionally for this call.

d. Other allowable expenses to be requested to FAPESP are limited to the following items, and must related to support for personnel costs, basic infrastructure and mobility expenses:

d.1. Consumables as appropriate for the project activities;

d.2. Field trips and data collection;

d.3. Participation on consortium meetings and exchange of researchers with consortium member;

d.4. Short to medium term visits (3-6 months) of the FAPESP funded post-docs to consortium institutions abroad;

d.5. Personal computers and laptops limited to the PI and the post-docs involved;

d.5.i. Exceptionally for this call, other equipment Items such as laboratory equipment, computer servers, etc. are not eligible for FAPESP funding.

d.6. Payment of expenses for participation on reputable scientific conferences for presentation of project results;

d.7. Third-party services, according to the usual rules from FAPESP.

d.7.i. Exceptionally for this call, software licenses are not eligible for FAPESP funding.

5 Intelectual Property

In the cases of successful collaborative proposals, a consortium agreement shall be developed amongst all partner researchers´ host institutions, including the Institution from the state São Paulo. This document establishes how Intellectual Property rights, confidentiality and publications will be jointly treated, in observance of the policies of each involved funding agencies and host institutions. This “Letter of Agreement” is mandatory and a signed copy should be sent to FAPESP before the grant contract is signed by the awardee.

6 Timeline

Closing Date for Submission of Pre-Proposals

15 March 2017

Opening Date for Full Proposal Submission

May 2017

Closing Date for Submission of Full Proposals

20 September 2017

Announcement of Results

December 2017

7 Further information

a. FAPESP's National Contact Point:

Alexandre Roccatto
Science Manager
FAPESP - São Paulo Research Foundation
Rua Pio XI, 1500 - Alto da Lapa
CEP 05468-901 São Paulo/SP - Brazil
Tel.: +55 (11) 3838-4000

b. SUGI-FEWN Call Secretariat

Belmont Forum

JPI Urban Europe