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University of Michigan- São Paulo Research
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Grants Program Anouncement

University of Michigan- São Paulo Research Foundation Grants Program Announcement

The University of Michigan has recently signed a Cooperative Agreement with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) through which the two institutions will provide small grants (up to $40,000 over two years) for research projects involving collaboration between U-M faculty members and counterparts at universities and research institutions in the State of São Paulo in Brazil.  An important objective of this grants program is to enable the researchers (PIs) to learn about one another’s research in areas of common interest and thereafter to develop funding proposals for larger, more ambitious and ongoing collaborative projects.

The Call for Proposals provides a fuller description of this grants program and gives the information necessary to prepare proposals, including proposal characteristics and requirements, submission procedures, and evaluation criteria and procedures.  Proposals in all academic disciplines are welcome.   As specified in the Call for Proposals, this includes medicine, the health sciences, humanities, social sciences, the arts, natural resources and the environment.

Brazilian scholars who currently have funding from FAPESP are eligible to participate, and a list of these scholars may be found at http://www.bv.fapesp.br/en/ (click Research grants).  At the University of Michigan, all faculty members and researchers who are assistant, associate or full professors, research professors or research scientists are eligible.  Those at U-M who are interested are invited use the FAPESP website to identity and contact an eligible Brazilian scholar in order to explore the possibility of developing a joint proposal.   The Call for Proposals has also been posted on the FAPESP website and interested and eligible Brazilian scholars may initiate contact with U-M faculty members.

Proposals will be reviewed both at U-M and at FAPESP, and the two institutions will together select the successful proposals.   The review at U-M will be conducted by a faculty committee.  When necessary, assessments will also be obtained from other U-M faculty members with relevant expertise.

The deadline for submitting proposals in the current round of competition is
February 15, 2013.  A second competition will be held in the 2013-2014 academic year.

Proposals should be submitted to UM-FAPESP-Proposals@umich.edu no later than February 15th.  Questions may be addressed to Kathleen Bauer (kati@umich.edu) in the office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs.

Academic Research Cooperation Agreement

Cooperation Agreement Between FAPESP and The Regents of the University of Michigan (U-M)

ACADEMIC RESEARCH COOPERATION AGREEMENT

THIS ACADEMIC RESEARCH COOPERATION AGREEMENT is made on the 25th day of September, 2012

BETWEEN:

FUNDAÇÃO DE AMPARO À PESQUISA DO ESTADO DE SÃO PAULO (FAPESP) whose principal place of business is at Rua Pio XI, 1500, Alto da Lapa – CEP 05468-901, São Paulo, SP, Brazil (“FAPESP”)

and

the Regents of the University of MICHIGAN (U-M) located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, The United States of America.

BACKGROUND

Both Parties agree on the importance of cooperation in all areas of knowledge and each desire to allocate funds for research projects involving researchers from the U-M and those covered by FAPESP in the State of São Paulo, Brazil on the terms contained in this Agreement.

AGREED AS FOLLOWS:

1. DEFINITIONS

1.1 The following words and expressions shall have the meanings set out below:

“Commencement Date” means the date of this Agreement;

“Intellectual Property” means any intellectual property rights of any description including, but not limited to, patents, copyrights, registered and unregistered design rights, know-how, database rights, registered and unregistered trademarks, service marks, logos or marks of a similar nature, and any other rights in any invention, discovery or process, existing in any jurisdiction and all rights to apply for the same; “Joint Management Board” means the committee in charge of the management of the cooperation program;

“Researchers” means academic researchers employed by the U-M (in the case of U-M), and academic researchers based in the State of São Paulo, Brazil (in the case of FAPESP);

“Term” means the period of five (5) years from the Commencement Date of this Agreement. University of Michigan

1.2 Any reference in this Agreement to any statute or statutory provision shall be construed as including a reference to that statute or statutory provision as from time to time amended, modified, extended or reenacted.

2. COMMENCEMENT AND DURATION

2.1 This Agreement shall come into effect on the Commencement Date and shall continue in force for the Term unless terminated in accordance with Clause 7.

3. FUNDING OF RESEARCH PROJECTS

The Parties may each fund certain collaborative research projects proposed by their respective Researchers under the following conditions.

3.1 U-M shall establish a discretional pump-priming fund for the purposes of funding its Researchers under this Agreement.

3.2 FAPESP shall establish a discretional pump-priming fund for the purposes of funding its Researchers under this Agreement.

3.3 For the avoidance of doubt, this Agreement creates no obligation on either Party to fund any of the other Party’s Researchers.

3.4 In 2012 and 2014 each Party will issue a call inviting their respective Researchers to submit research proposals in any academic discipline to support a collaborative research project involving Researchers of the other Party. Each successful research project will be awarded up to US$ 10, 000.00 each year by each party for a maximum period of two (2) years.

3.5 The number of proposals to be funded each year shall be determined by agreement between the two parties. The funds will be granted only if both parties approve the proposal. Proposals receiving funds from the two parties shall not be precluded from receiving funds from other sources.

3.6 Each Party will be responsible for and establish its own policies for receiving, coordinating, administrating, reviewing, and assessing research proposals and disbursing funds under clause 3.4.

3.7 For the avoidance of doubt, the existence of this Agreement does not prevent or restrict either Party from entering into cooperation agreements with other institutions.

4. IMPLEMENTATION

4.1 To implement this Agreement, the Parties shall establish a Call for Research Proposals, in accordance with national (and State of Michigan, in the case of U-M, and State of São Paulo, in the case of FAPESP) legislation in each country of the Parties and their own budget availability.

4.2 The Parties will appoint two (2) representatives, one (1) from each institution, which will be responsible for drafting the Call for Research Proposals and for the continuation of this Agreement.

4.3 The representatives aforementioned shall monitor the submittal of projects from each Party and monitor the development and performance of the projects.

4.4 For the elaboration of the Call for Research Proposals, the Parties may provide, by separate written agreement, the most appropriate procedures including mechanisms such as: delegation meetings, workshops, correspondence and other procedures.

5. RESTRICTIONS ON BOTH PARTIES

5.1 During the course of this Agreement both Parties shall not:

5.1.1 use the other Party’s name or logo or marks, and/or the name of any of its Researchers without the prior written approval from that Party and/or the individual Researcher;

5.1.2 use advertising copy in relation to this Agreement without the prior written approval of both Parties;

5.1.3 delegate any duties or obligations arising under this Agreement to a third party other than may be expressly approved in writing by both Parties, such approval not unreasonably to be withheld; or

5.1.4 make a financial or legal commitment on behalf of the other Party.

6. COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS

6.1 FAPESP and U-M shall comply fully with all applicable local, state, and federal government and international laws, regulations and guidelines which are effective during the Term, including those governing health and safety, data protection and equal opportunities and matters such as race and gender equality, disability, age, religion and sexual orientation.

7. TERMINATION

7.1 Either Party may terminate this Agreement immediately by notice in any of the following circumstances if:

7.1.1 Either Party is in breach of its obligations under this Agreement and following written notice of such breach from the Party not in breach of the Agreement specifying the breach and requiring it to be remedied, the other Party fails to remedy the breach within a period of thirty (30) calendar days. This clause is valid so far as the breach may be remedied but nothing in this clause is intended to require a Party to serve notice of any breach before taking action in respect of it;

7.1.2 Either Party engages in any conduct prejudicial to the reputation of the other Party or its marketing and promotion generally;

7.1.3 Either Party may terminate this Agreement for no cause on giving the other Party not less than six (6) months’ notice in writing.

7.2 If this Agreement is terminated for any reason, then with effect from the date that the notice to terminate is served, no further projects shall be commenced. However, each Party will, where reasonable and possible to do so, continue to provide and allow completion of all research projects commenced before the date of such termination as if the Agreement had not been terminated.

8. FORCE MAJEURE

8.1 A Party shall not be liable for failure to perform its obligations under this Agreement, nor be liable to any claim for compensation or damage, nor be deemed to be in breach of this Agreement, if such failure arises from an occurrence or circumstances beyond the reasonable control of that Party, including, without limitation, war, terrorism, industrial disputes, fire, flood, tempest and national emergencies. Should a Party be so delayed, prevented or impeded, it shall promptly inform the other Party of the nature of the relevant cause and of the expected duration of the delay or impediment.

8.2 If a Party affected by such an occurrence causes a delay of three (3) months or more, and if such delay may reasonably be anticipated to continue, then the Parties shall discuss whether the continuation is viable or whether the Agreement should be terminated.

9. CONFIDENTIALITY

9.1 During the term of this Agreement and for a period of five (5) years thereafter, each Party will keep strictly confidential any information disclosed by the other Party which the disclosing Party identifies as confidential information (“Confidential Information”). The receiving Party will only use the Confidential Information in the performance of this Agreement.

9.2 Confidential Information does not include information that (i) is or becomes publicly available other than by breach of confidentiality by the receiving Party; (ii) is communicated to the receiving Party without any obligation of confidence by a third party who is not itself under any obligation of confidentiality; (iii) is already in the possession of the receiving Party, as evidenced by written records; or (iv) is required to be disclosed by applicable law, regulatory authority, or court order.

9.3 Notwithstanding anything else herein, nothing in this Agreement shall prevent either Party from producing documents or disclosing information that is required by law (such as the Michigan Freedom of Information Act [FOIA]) or a valid production document (such as a warrant or subpoena).

9.4 This Article 9 shall survive any termination or expiration of this Agreement for the period stated in clause 9.1.

10. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

10.1 Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as granting either Party any right, title, or interest in any of the other Party’s pre-existing Intellectual Property.

10.2 The Parties agree that when the actions taken by virtue of this Agreement result in products of commercial value and intellectual property rights, they will be regulated by national legislation and international conventions in force. Participants should also observe the Intellectual Property Policy of the Party responsible for the funding of their team, including observing FAPESP’s and UM’s respective rules and procedures.

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

11. MISCELLANEOUS

11.1 Each of the Parties warrants its power to enter into this Agreement and carry out its obligations hereunder.

11.2 Each Party acknowledges that this Agreement contains the whole agreement between the Parties and that it has not relied upon any oral or written representation made to it by the other or its employees or agents and has made its own independent investigations into all matters relevant to it. The guarantees above are the only ones given by the Parties. Any other guarantee, whether written or oral, express or implied, is deemed non-existent. However, this clause shall not be construed as excluding liability for fraud.

11.3 This Agreement supersedes any prior agreement between the Parties whether written or oral, express or implied, and any such prior agreements are deemed cancelled but without prejudice to any rights which have already accrued to either of the Parties.

11.4 Any notice to be served on either of the Parties by the other shall be sent by airmail or by facsimile and shall be deemed to have been received by the addressee on the fifth day after the date of posting or on the next business day if sent by facsimile to the correct number and a transmission report can be produced. Notice shall be sent to the following addresses:

For FAPESP:

Diretor Científico
FAPESP
Rua Pio XI, 1500
São Paulo SP, CEP 05468-901
Brazil

Tel: +55 (11) 3838-4010
Fax: +55 (11) 3838-4111

For U-M:

Attn: Vice Provost for International Affairs
University of Michigan
6050 Fleming Administration Building
503 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1340, USA

Tel: 734-763-0395
Fax: 734-764-4546

11.5 The failure by either Party to enforce at any time or for any period any of the terms or conditions of this Agreement shall not be a waiver of them or of the right at any time subsequently to enforce all terms and conditions of this Agreement.

11.6 Each Party shall not assign or sub-contract any of its rights or duties under this Agreement without the consent in writing of the other Party, such consent not unreasonably to be withheld.

11.7 This Agreement is not intended to establish, and shall not be construed by a Party as establishing any form of business partnership, joint venture, employment or independent contractor between themselves or to have created the relationship of principal and agent, a membership or any other legal entity between the Parties, other than as specifically and expressly set out herein.

11.8 Except as otherwise expressly provided for herein, nothing in this Agreement shall confer or purport to confer on any third party any benefit or any right to enforce any term of this Agreement.

11.9 Each Party agrees to comply with, and provide reasonable assistance to the other Party in relation to their relevant national data protection and freedom of information legislation, in so far as this legislation relates to this Agreement.

11.10 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 documented in writing. If no resolution is reached between the Parties, this Agreement will be terminated without liability to the Parties. The Parties agree to work together to mutually determine how to conclude any activities developed under this Agreement in progress as of the date of notification of termination.

This Agreement is completed in English and Portuguese, with both versions being equally authentic.

This Agreement is hereby signed in two (2) copies in each language, with one (1) copy remaining in the possession of each Party.

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Mary Sue Coleman
President

FUNDAÇÃO DE AMPARO À PESQUISA DO ESTADO DE SÃO PAULO
Celso Lafer
President

Call for Proposals 2012

FAPESP-MICHIGAN   CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2012

Public Call for Proposals for the support of research projects involving the Exchange of Researchers under the Scientific Cooperation Agreement between the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Brazil and The Regents of the University of Michigan (U-M), USA.

1. Introduction

FAPESP and the Regents of the University of Michigan make public this Call for Proposals and invite interested researchers affiliated with the University of Michigan and researchers affiliated with Higher Education and Research Institutions in the State of São Paulo, who are, in addition, Principal Investigators of ongoing research projects funded by FAPESP within the following support lines: Regular Research Awards, Thematic Projects, Young Investigators, or Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (CEPIDs/RIDCs), to submit research proposals for the exchange of researchers between the State of São Paulo, Brazil and Michigan, USA, under the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.

2. Purpose

The purpose of this Call is to define the conditions for submission of proposals for the collaboration of researchers from the State of São Paulo, Brazil and from the U-M, USA (researchers and post-doctoral fellows) within the scope of the Scientific Cooperation Agreement between FAPESP and The Regents of the University of Michigan. This Call for Proposals is being announced simultaneously by FAPESP and the U-M.

3. Eligibility

Researchers regarded as eligible to submit proposals within the scope of this Call are:

3.1 By FAPESP: Principal Investigators of ongoing research projects funded by FAPESP within the support lines: Regular Research Awards, Thematic Projects, Young Investigators, or Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (CEPIDs/RIDCs).

3.2 By University of Michigan: Faculty members and researchers who are assistant, associate or full professors, research professors or research scientists.

3.3 Proposals should include the names of the collaborating researchers from both the State of São Paulo and the U-M and clearly state the mutual benefits of the collaboration.

4. Fields of knowledge

The present Call invites Research Proposals in the following fields of knowledge: medicine, the health sciences, humanities, social sciences, the arts, natural resources and the environment.

5. Timeline

  Call announced on FAPESP website

  September 25, 2012

  Call announced on University of Michigan websites

  October 17, 2012

  Closing date for submission of proposals

  February 15, 2013

  Successful proposals notified

  April 1, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Duration of the project for the exchange of researchers

The collaborative activities foreseen in this project should start while the researcher holds a FAPESP research grant related to the activities of this Call for Proposals. The maximum duration of each project is 24 months.

7. Funding principles

7.1 FAPESP will provide funding of up to US$10,000 per proposal and per year and the University of Michigan will provide funding of up to US$10,000 per proposal and per year, for the period established in the award, to cover reasonable research-related expenses including mobility expenses, under the provisions of item 3 of the Cooperation Agreement between FAPESP and U-M.

7.2 FAPESP will provide the selected proposals with funds for research related expenses, which will normally include travel (air tickets), health insurance and living allowances for researchers from the State of São Paulo, Brazil to visit Michigan, USA.

7.3 University of Michigan will provide the selected projects with funds for research related expenses, which will normally include travel (air tickets), health insurance, and living allowances for researchers from Michigan, USA to visit the State of São Paulo, Brazil.

7.4 Each Party will commit up to the equivalent of US$ 100,000 per year in the present call.

8. Proposal characteristics

Each proposal, submitted in English, shall contain:

8.1 A Research Proposal form.

8.2 A biographical sketch summary for each of the Principal Investigators and collaborating researchers from both FAPESP and the University of Michigan.

8.3 A budget worksheet specifically designed for this Call.

8.4 Research project with a maximum of ten (10) pages of scientific content, including the following items:

8.4.1 Summary of the project to which the proposal is related, including current and expected results;

8.4.2 Description of which lines of activity of the ongoing project of the PI in São Paulo related to the proposal will benefit from the exchange;

8.4.3 Description of which lines of activity of the ongoing or proposed project of the PI in Michigan, USA will benefit from the exchange.

8.4.4 Description of each researcher and institution involved from the State of São Paulo and the University of Michigan;

8.4.5 Description of the expected academic gains for the project as a result of the proposed cooperation, emphasizing their singularity and specificity;

8.4.6 Details of the activities foreseen in the exchange, objectively described, including justification and relevance, and the definition of the corresponding performance indicators. The role of the technical team from the executing institution must be explained;

8.4.7 Description of infrastructure and financial resources available for developing the research project in São Paulo, Brazil and in Michigan, USA, excluding the mobility expenses requested in the proposal;

8.4.8 Actions to add to the impact of the exchange in the research activity in the State of São Paulo, Brazil and in Michigan, USA, by means of seminars, short courses, visits to other institutions that carry out research activities in cognate areas;

8.4.9 Timeline of each mission, provided that the total amount of missions per year do not surpass the funds stipulated in the seventh clause of this call for proposals;

8.4.10 Official document stating the formal commitment of the U-M participant, guaranteeing the availability of the facilities and equipment to develop the project (for researchers in São Paulo this is already stated in the submission form that must be signed by the institution’s Director).

8.4.11 Official document stating agreement with the provisions of item 9 and 10 of the cooperation agreement, related to “Confidentiality” and “Intellectual Property Rights”, respectively.

9. Submission of proposals

9.1 Each proposal must be submitted, before the deadline specified in section 5, both to FAPESP by the Principal Investigator from the State of São Paulo, Brazil and University of Michigan by the Principal Investigator from Michigan, USA.

9.1.1 The Research Proposal, described in item 8.4 must be in the form of one single 10-page document jointly written by the PI in State of São Paulo and the PI from the University of Michigan;

9.1.2 Submissions to FAPESP must be in the form of a Regular Research Award related to the ongoing project (enter information in the field 6 of the FAPESP form for Regular Research Grant of the submission form). This grant must be exclusively directed to this call and abide to its rules. Submissions to FAPESP can only be accepted in paper, via mail (not through the on-line system SAGe);

9.1.3 Submission to the University of Michigan must be in the form of standard internal grant submissions used by the University of Michigan.

9.2 Proposals not received by both Parties before the deadline or not in conformity to the specifications herein will not be reviewed.

9.3 Each Party will select the proposals according to their own procedures.

9.4 Only the proposals selected by both Parties will be funded.

9.5 No proposal will be accepted after the closing date for submission, nor will any addendum or explanation be accepted, unless those explicitly and formally requested by FAPESP or University of Michigan.

9.6 Submission must be sent to:

9.6.1 On the FAPESP side: all proposals either related to grants processed via FAPESP’s electronic system (SAGe), or not, shall be sent to FAPESP in paper copy, to the following address: Rua Pio XI, 1500, Alto da Lapa, CEP 05468-901 – São Paulo/SP, with “Chamada FAPESP/UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN 2012” written on the envelope.

9.6.2 On the University of Michigan side: all proposals should be sent via email to:  UM-FAPESP-Proposals@umich.edu.

9.7 Proposals submitted by any other means will not be accepted.

10. Analysis and selection

10.1 The process of analysis, qualification and selection of the proposals received at FAPESP will be carried out by an ad hoc committee especially appointed by the Foundation’s Scientific Director.

10.2 The Vice Provost for International Affairs of the University of Michigan will convene a similar ad hoc committee to consider proposals received at the University of Michigan.

10.3 The proposals will be pre-qualified and, subsequently, reviewed by way of a competitive process which will evaluate the merit and relevance of the project and the academic excellence of the candidate, the relation of the proposed project to the researcher’s ongoing project funded by FAPESP, and the interest of the institution that will host the researcher.

10.4 Proposals which do not comply with the terms of this Call for Proposals will be considered “not qualified”.

11. Result of the analysis

Final results will be announced on the FAPESP and University of Michigan web portals and by means of a communication to the interested parties.

12. Contract for selected projects

12.1 The selected proposals will be the subject of a research agreement in writing to be signed by FAPESP and the Principal Investigator in São Paulo and an agreement between the Principal Investigator and the University of Michigan.

12.2 For signature of the grant agreement with FAPESP and of the grant agreement with the University of Michigan it will be necessary for both PIs to present a signed agreement between the Sao Paulo research institution and the University of Michigan covering the items under item 10 of the FAPESP-University of Michigan Agreement.

13. Grant cancellation

FAPESP may cancel funding if, during grant implementation, a fact is of sufficient gravity to justify cancellation, at the Scientific Board of Directors’ discretion, without prejudice of any other appropriate actions.

14. Information about the Call for Proposals

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

14.1 FAPESP
Dr. Glenda Mezarobba
Email: chamada_umichigan_fapesp@fapesp.br

14.2 University of Michigan
Kathleen Bauer
Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs
Email: kati@umich.edu


Required Application Materials

 

Grant Program Results

Grant program results will be posted at this location in March, 2013.