SPRINT – 4th Edition 2018: Guidelines Brunel University London

Specific requests for proposals submissions for researchers from Brunel University London

The São Paulo Research Foundation (“FAPESP”) and Brunel University London signed a Cooperation Agreement for Research in January, 2015, aiming to implement scientific and technological cooperation between researchers from Brunel University London, UK 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 Brunel University London make public this Call for Proposals for the exchange of faculty and postdoctoral researchers, under the terms and conditions of the SPRINT 4th Edition 2018 ( and hereinafter set forth.

1. Eligibility from Brunel University London

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

Academic staff at Brunel University London with a contract of employment for the full length of the proposed project

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

a. The project proposal may include exchange visits of staff (Brunel academic staff members in a teaching and research, or research only role, and postdoctoral fellows), and mobility as part of workshops, seminars and scientific activities necessary to the project development.

b. 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.

c. 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 all fields of knowledge.

3. Duration of the project for the exchange of researchers

The maximum duration of each Project is 24 months.

4. Timeline

Call announced by FAPESP and Brunel University London

30 October 2018

Closing date for submission of proposals

28 January 2019

Successful proposals notified after

26 April 2019

5. Funding principles

a. FAPESP will provide funding of up to the equivalent of £5,000.00 (five thousand pounds) per proposal per year and Brunel University London will provide funding of up to £5,000.00 (five thousand pounds) 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 (en/9994).

b. FAPESP and Brunel will fund two approved proposals.

6. Proposal characteristics for Brunel University London researchers:

The Project proposal shall be composed of:

6.1. A Research Project having a maximum of five (5) pages of scientific content, written jointly by the principal investigator of the host Institution in the State of São Paulo and the principal investigator at Brunel. The research Project must be written in English. One copy of the Research Project shall be sent to FAPESP and a duplicate (identical) copy to Brunel. The Research Project must include the items included in the item 6.3 of the call for proposal.

6.2. Additional documents required:

a. Research Proposal Form

b. Case For Support (maximum 2 pages)

c. Budget sheet

d. CV for each participant in the partnership (maximum of 2 pages)

e. Worksheet

f. 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 6.2.2 at The Letter of Agreement may be delivered after the notification of results of this call for proposals and before the grant agreement signature.

6.3. As described at, 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 by each team will contribute to the ongoing research project funded by FAPESP and to the research being carried by the partner researcher at Brunel University London;

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 Brunel University London;

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 Brunel University London 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 Brunel University London 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).

7. Submission of proposals to Brunel University London

Submissions can only be accepted by email to

8. Result of the analysis

Final results will be announced on FAPESP ( and Brunel University London ( web portals and by means of a communication to the interested principal investigators.

9. Contract for selected projects by Brunel University London

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

9.2. Selected proposals will be expected to submit all expenses immediately following each visit and within the agreed Project period. A progress report will be required following each visit to Sao Paulo. It will contain a brief summary of progress and a plan of action with specific timelines detailing when research funding applications will be submitted to the chosen sponsor.

10. Grant cancellation

Brunel University London may cancel grant funding of a Brunel University London researcher, if, during the term of the grant agreement, a fact is of sufficient gravity to justify cancellation, at the discretion of the Vice Provost (Research), without prejudice of any other appropriate actions.

11. Information about this Call at Brunel University London

All questions related to this Call for Project proposals should be addressed to

Page updated on 10/31/2018 - Published on 10/26/2018