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SPRINT – 4th Edition 2019

GUIDELINES University of Missouri

Specific requests for proposal submissions from researchers of the University of Missouri (MU)

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FAPESP and the University of Missouri (MU), signed a Cooperation Agreement for Research on March 18th, 2016, aiming to implement scientific and technological cooperation between researchers from MU, United States of America, and from the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, through the funding of joint research projects.

Under the referred Agreement, as a first action to promote such collaboration, FAPESP and MU make public this Call for Proposals for the exchange of faculty and postdoctoral researchers under the terms and conditions of the SPRINT 4th Edition 2019 ( and hereinafter set forth.

  1. Eligibility from MU side

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

a. All tenured, tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty in the IPG with ongoing research projects funded by private or public programs are eligible to apply.

b. MU will accept only one proposal per MU faculty member.

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

a. The team members of the ongoing research projects described in 1.1.a. are eligible for the exchange activities within the scope of this call. Team members include:

i. Principal or Co-Principal Investigators;
ii. Post-doctoral fellows;
iii. PhD students.
b. Considering the principle of reciprocity, FAPESP exceptionally may either support PhD students from the State of São Paulo 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 all fields of knowledge represented by IPG (Interdisciplinary Plant Group faculty.

3. Duration of the project for the exchange of researchers

The maximum duration of each project is 12 months.

4. Timeline

    Call announced by FAPESP and MU

    December 6, 2019

    Closing date for submission of proposals

    January 27, 2020

    Successful proposals notified after

    April 24th, 2020

5. Funding principles

5.1. FAPESP will provide funding of up to the equivalent of US$ 5,000.00 (five thousand dollars) per proposal per year and MU will provide funding of up to US$ 5,000.00 (five 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 MU will fund a maximum of five (5) concurrently funded proposals.

6. Proposal characteristics for MU researchers

The proposal shall be composed of:

a. A Research Project having 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 MU.

b. One copy of the Research Project shall be sent to FAPESP and an identical copy to the MU.

c. Additional documents required by MU.

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 MU;

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 MU;

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 MU 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 at MU 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 MU:

a. Budget sheet

b. 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 MU

Submissions will only be accepted in the form of a single PDF file in which all documents have been merged, and can only be submitted by emailing this PDF file with SPRINT_FAPESP_MU in the subject line to

8. Result of the analysis

Final results will be announced on FAPESP ( and IPG ( web portals and by means of a communication to the interested PIs.

9. Contract for selected projects by MU

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

10. Grant cancellation

MU may cancel funding of an MU researcher, if, during the grant timeframe, a fact is of sufficient gravity to justify cancellation, at the discretion of the program directors, without prejudice of any other appropriate actions.

11. Information about this Call at MU

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

Victoria Bryan, Program Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Plant Group (


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