SPRINT 1st Edition 2018 - Guidelines Tianjin University

Specific requests for proposals submissions from researchers of the Tianjin University

FAPESP and Tianjin University signed a Cooperation Agreement for Research on September 13th, 2016, aiming to implement scientific and technological cooperation between researchers from the Tianjin University, China, and from the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, through the funding of joint research projects.

Under the referred Agreement, as a continuation of this fruitful collaboration, FAPESP and Tianjin University make public this Call for Proposals for the exchange of faculty and postdoctoral researchers under the terms and conditions of the SPRINT 1st Edition 2018 ( and hereinafter set forth.

1. Eligibility from Tianjin University side

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

a. Professors (full, associate or assistant) and researchers who hold a full-time salaried appointment with the Health Sciences Platform at Tianjin University are eligible to participate in this call for proposals.

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

a. Faculty, researchers, post-doctoral fellows and PhD students from the Health Sciences Platform at Tianjin University are eligible to participate in exchange activities of this call for proposals.

b. Considering the principle of reciprocity, FAPESP exceptionally may either support PhD students from São Paulo state to take part in the scientific missions. In this case, the PhD student(s) must have an ongoing FAPESP fellowship during the planned exchange mission to the partner institution.


  • 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.

  • Eligibility of research partners in the State of São Paulo should observe the items 3.1 and 4.2 of FAPESP call (

2. Fields of knowledge

This Call for Proposals invites research proposals in the fields of Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical Science and Technology such as Galenics, Molecular Medicine, Structural Biology and Biophysics, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Optical Probes and Imaging, Informatics and Computing, Microbiology and Immunology, and Biomaterials conducted at Tianjin University’s Health Sciences Platform.

3. Duration of the project for the exchange of researchers

The maximum duration of each project is up to 24 months.

4. Timeline

Call announced by FAPESP and Tianjin University

January 30th, 2018

Closing date for submission of proposals

April 30th, 2018

Successful proposals notified after

July 27th, 2018

5. Funding principles

5.1. FAPESP will provide funding of up to the equivalent of US$ 10,000.00 (ten thousand dollars) per proposal per year and Tianjin University’s will provide funding of up to US$ 10,000.00 (ten thousand dollars) per proposal per year, for the duration of the grant to cover research-related mobility expenses, under the provisions of Clause 5 of the Scientific Cooperation Agreement established by the Parties (

5.2. FAPESP and Tianjin University will fund a maximum of 05 approved proposals.

5.3. The grants are two years in duration and are intended to fund research to be conducted over 2018, 2019 and 2020.

5.4. The funding is provided on the basis that it will be used as catalytic funding for the establishment of an international research collaboration that has the potential to develop further, beyond the lifetime of the grant, and ideally leverage external funding.

5.5. Activities eligible for funding:

a. Academic mobility between China and the State of São Paulo

b. Travel expenses (e.g. economy class airfare, train, rental car, etc)

c. Partial costs for hosting a seminar/conference or workshop

d. Accommodation

e. Meals and incidentals

5.6. The following restrictions apply on the use of funding listed in 5.2:

a. Airfares: only economy class tickets will be funded

b. Conferences/workshops: costs to hold a conference or workshop shall not exceed 50% of the overall budget (excludes travel and accommodation of participants)

5.7. Applications Activities that will not be considered for funding:

a. An individual staff member’s research projects, unless as catalytic funding for the establishment of an international research collaboration with the prospect od external funding;

b. Website development;

c. Salaries or salary supplementation or honorarium;

d. Scholarship for students;

e. Course fees for international students;

f. Entertainment costs;

g. Computers, including laptops & iPads (excluding access to high-performance computers or other specialized applications that are justified against the project) and basic computing facilities such as printers, word processing and other standard software).

6. Proposal characteristics for Tianjin University researchers

The proposal shall be composed of:

a. A Research Projecthaving a maximum of five (5) pages of scientific content, written in English jointly by the Principal Investigator at the Host Institution in the State of São Paulo and the Principal Investigator at the Tianjin University. One copy of the Research Project shall be sent to FAPESP and an identical copy to the Tianjin University.

6.1. As described at, the Research Project must include the following items:

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

b. Detailed schedule of the exchange missions to be carried out by the partner team at the São Paulo institution and the São Paulo team at the Tianjin University;

c. Performance indicators for the planned activities, indicating the expected results;

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 Tianjin University and for the Host Institution in the State of São Paulo, e.g. by means of seminars, short courses etc.;

f. Description of how the Principal Investigators in São Paulo and in the Tianjin University intend to prepare a joint research project, resulting from the exchange activities developed from the proposal submitted in this Call, to be submitted to research funding agencies accessible in their regions in order to create a medium-long-term collaboration (up to one page).

6.2. The following additional documents required by Health Sciences Platform:

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

a. Current and expected results;

b. A description of the projects activities that will benefit from the exchange activities;

c. A description of the expected results for the research project and proposed exchange activities;

d. A description of the infrastructure and financial resources available for the research project, excluding the expenses requested in the proposal;

e. An explanation of the intended pathway to achieve additional funding.

6.2.2. Budget sheet;

6.2.3.  CV for each participant in the partnership (maximum of 4 pages);

6.2.4.  Letter of Agreement of the Host Institution in the State of São Paulo to which the PI from São Paulo is affiliated. The same document is required by FAPESP in item 6.2.3 at . The Letter of Agreement may be delivered after the notification of results of this call for proposals and before the grant agreement signature.

7. Submission of proposals to Health Sciences Platform, Tianjin University

Submissions can only be accepted by email to, Jeanette Mar, Director of Internationalisation, School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Health Sciences Platform, Tianjin University.

8. Result of the analysis

Final results will be announced on FAPESP ( and Health Science Platform, Tianjin University ( web portals and by means of a communication to the interested PIs.

9. Contract for selected projects by Health Sciences Platform, Tianjin University

Selected proposals will subject to the conditions set forth in a letter of award and in Tianjin University’s Health Sciences Platform and FAPESP’s framework agreement.

10. Grant cancellation

FAPESP or the Health Sciences Platform, Tianjin University, may cancel funding if, during the grant timeframe, a significant event justifies its cancellation in the assessment of the Joint Steering Committee, without prejudice of any other appropriate actions.

11. Financial and Reporting Obligations

Recipients will be required to submit a final report within three months of completion of the project. The report should include an outline of the outcomes of the project, an indication of the project’s sustainability, a summary of lessons learned in undertaking the project and a detailed acquittal of funds as required by University policy.

Applicants who fail to submit a final report by the 3-month deadline will not be permitted to submit future applications.

12. Information about this Call at the Health Sciences Platform, Tianjin University

All questions related to this Call for Proposals must be directed to:

Ms. Jeanette Mar, Director of Internationalisation, School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Tianjin University (


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