RCUK-FAPESP bilateral agreement for the Research Grants Scheme

Collaborative research proposals may be submitted in any area of the social sciences within the remit of both the ESRC and FAPESP. There is no deadline, and proposals will be accepted on an ongoing basis until expiry of the MoU. Proposals should be drafted and will be assessed according to the criteria set out in the International Common Application Process.

Collaborative research proposals should be submitted only to the ESRC. The ESRC will take the lead role in processing and assessing applications, with appropriate input from the FAPESP. A decision on bilateral proposals will be made by ESRC's Research Committee, within its normal standard grants competition. Those proposals approved for funding will be jointly supported by the ESRC and FAPESP.

Applicants should note the following in preparing their application:

  1. In order to receive support from FAPESP, the Brazilian partners must be based at an institution eligible for their support. These are higher education and research organisations, public or non-profit in the State of Säo Paulo.
  2. Proposals should be submitted via Je-S into the call for bilateral grants (research grants). As the minimum allowed for standard grants is now £350,000, the combined cost (both ESRC and FAPESP) of the entire collaborative project should be a minimum of £350,000.. The title field of the proposal must begin with the words 'Bilateral ESRC/FAPESP'. In completing the Je-S form, applicants should also consult the Je-S Guidance (PDF, 259Kb) on submitting an ESRC-FAPESP bilateral proposal.
  3. Applicants are also strong advised to consult the Operation of the RCUK-FAPESP Lead Agency Agreement Guidance Note (RCUK website)
  4. The 5,000 word proposal document described in the ICAP criteria should be included as the 'case for support' in the Je-S application. This 5,000 word limit supersedes the normal 6 page limit for a case for support. A word count should be included at the end of this document.
  5. All other relevant sections of the Je-S application (Objectives, Summary, Beneficiaries, etc) should also be completed in accordance with the normal guidelines for small or standard grants.
  6. In order to facilitate the identification of all members of the research team in different national application formats, the 5,000 word research proposal document should begin by listing the names, roles (Principal Investigator, Co-investigator, etc), and institutions of all named researchers from both participating countries who are included in the proposal.  This list of names is not included in the word count of the proposal document.
  7. CVs of all named researchers in the proposal should be included, both UK and overseas. In all cases, these should not exceed the normal ESRC limit of 2 pages per CV.
  8. The State of Säo Paulo based researchers should complete the FAPESP-RCUK proposal form and the FAPESP consolidated budget spreadsheet, both available on the FAPESP website, and which should be included as additional attachments in Je-S.

Further information

For further information on this bilateral agreement, please contact international@esrc.ac.uk, or visit the FAPESP website.