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University of Michigan - FAPESP Research Partnership Call  for Proposals


A message from the U-M Office of Research and the Office of the Provost

São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the University of Michigan (U-M) signed a Cooperation Agreement for Research on September 25, 2012, aiming to implement scientific and technological cooperation between researchers from the University of Michigan, USA and from the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, through the funding of joint research projects.

FAPESP and University of Michigan are very pleased to launch this next round of Call for Proposals, helping to increase the mobility of researchers between the U-M and research institutions supported by FAPESP, with the aim of generating further scientific and academic cooperation between the partner regions of the State of São Paulo and USA. In this Call for Proposals, applicants are encouraged to submit funding applications for innovative and sustainable programs built around collaborative research and/or learning and teaching initiatives linking the University of Michigan and FAPESP with each other.

Under the Agreement, as an action to promote such collaboration, FAPESP and U-M make public this Call for Proposals for the exchange of faculty and postdoctoral researchers, under the terms and conditions of the agreement and hereinafter set forth.

University of Michigan faculty members and researchers who are assistant, associate or full professors, research professors or research scientists, clinical faculty engaged in research, librarians, and lecturers carrying out research work. Partners at institutions at Sao Paulo must meet the requirements set forth by FAPESP.  

This Call for Proposals invites research proposals in all fields of knowledge.

  • October 27, 2015: Call released
  • February 1, 2016: Proposals due to University of Michigan Office of Research and Office of the Provost
  • From April 2016: Notice of selection will be announced
The maximum duration of each project is up to 24 months.

FAPESP will provide funding of up to the equivalent of $10,000.00 (US) per proposal per year to FAPESP funded researchers and the University of Michigan will provide funding of up to $10,000.00 (US) per proposal per year to U-M investigators.  These funds can cover research-related mobility expenses (air tickets, health insurance and living allowances).  Nominal portions of U-M funds can be used to cover other research related supplies purchased through normal U-M procurement processes.  U-M funds will be awarded to and managed by the U-M Principal Investigator, and FAPESP funds will be awarded to and managed by the FAPESP Principal Investigator.  In the present Call, no more than four (4) proposals will be funded.  

Proposal format for University of Michigan researchers: 
Proposals should be no more than five (5) pages and in English, including a budget page describing how the U-M funds will be expended.  The FAPESP researchers should be clearly identified, and their expected budget also provided (converted to US dollars).  Also included should be:
  • A description of the expected academic and intellectual gains for the research project;
  • A description of the project activities that will benefit from the exchange and visits;
  • A description of the infrastructure and financial resources available for the research project, excluding the mobility expenses requested in the proposal;
  • A description of the exchange activities, emphasizing their relevance;
  • A timeline for each specific visit;
  • A description of each candidate’s contribution to the visits, explaining their expertise to carry out the foreseen activities;
Note that FAPESP may have additional requirements for the proposals submitted by their researchers.

Please submit your proposal electronically in a single PDF format by February 1, 2016, and direct questions regarding this call for proposals to fapesp2015@umich.edu.

Contract for selected projects by University of Michigan:
Note that proposals selected for funding may require an IP letter co-signed by U-M Office of the Provost, and a corresponding official at the partner institution in Sao Paulo.  A template for this letter will be provided to PIs of funded proposals.


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