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TTU-FAPESP SPRINT Program

In August, 2014, Texas Tech University (TTU) signed a Collaborative Agreement for Research with the prestigious São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in Brazil, aiming to implement scientific and technological cooperation between researchers from Texas Tech University, USA and from the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, through the funding of joint research projects.  

To promote scientific and technological collaboration, TTU and FAPESP have successfully co-sponsored s rounds of proposals  under the framework of the FAPESP SPRINT program with teams wining support for exchange of faculty and postdoctoral researchers in each cycle. Projects have ranged from the human and medical sciences to more traditional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) projects in biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics.  Building on the success of the first two rounds, TTU hosted a STEM Across Continents Workshop for Brazilian partners in 2016 and FAPESP Week in 2017.  Both workshops created opportunities to showcase previous work and network for potential future collaborations.

Texas Tech University - São Paulo Research Foundation SPRINT Program (2014-2022)

Download: Texas Tech University - São Paulo Research Foundation SPRINT Program (2014-2022) 

 

Workshops

2017 SPRINT Workshop

"FAPESP Week 2017"  TTU Office of International Affairs FAPESP Week Logo

This year, the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) has chosen Texas Tech University to host the renowned FAPESP Week. The conference will begin on September 21st and September 22nd, at the TTU International Cultural Center.

The goal of the conference will be to extend scientific cooperation between the two countries in research projects in all disciplines. Topic sessions will highlight Genomics, Environment and Sustainability, Human Health, Energy, Agriculture and Water, Bioinformatics, Biodiversity, and New Materials.  Workshop attendees will include President Lawrence Schovanec, Provost Michael Galyean, Vice Provost for International Affairs Ambassador Tibor Nagy, Associate Vice Provost for International Programs Sukant Misra, multiple college deans, and TTU faculty.

TTU will also display a series of images on the Amazon Climate, on behalf of FAPESP and the country of Brazil.

This symposium represents the ongoing collaboration between TTU and FAPESP which is currently in its third cycle of grant proposal awards.

The SPRINT program provides seed funding for qualifying teams from both countries. Five teams were chosen for funding in 2015 and 2016, and two winners were chosen for 2017.  The funded teams will present their work and research goals to date.  The goal of the presentations and discussions will be to extend scientific cooperation between the two countries in research projects on Genomics, Environment and Sustainability, Human Health, Engineering, Agriculture and Water, Bioinformatics, New Materials, and Law and Social Justice. The meetings are part of FAPESP Week 2017, organized by the Foundation in partnership with the TTU, with support from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.

Dinner will be by invitation only, lunch is open to all participants.

TTU faculty, post-docs, and graduate students are invited and welcome to attend.  Please RSVP to intl.rdd@ttu.edu.  



FAPESP Week 2017 Agenda (pdf)

2016 SPRINT Workshop

"Stem Across Continents Workshop"

Seventeen colleagues from the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in Brazil presented talks, heard colleagues from Texas Tech University, provided updates on ongoing work, and discussed possible collaborations on shared priority areas. Since they signed a Cooperation Agreement for Research in August 2014, researchers from Brazil and Texas working under the SPRINT program have collaborated on joint research projects in a diversity of areas.

The event was open to all academic disciplines but focused on the STEM Environmental Sustainability fields. Workshop attendees included President Lawrence Schovanec, Interim Provost Michael Galyean, Vice Provost for International Affairs Ambassador Tibor Nagy, Associate Vice Provost for International Programs Sukant Misra, multiple college deans, and TTU faculty.


 
 
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The SPRINT program provides seed funding for qualifying teams from both countries. Five teams were chosen for funding in 2015 and 2016, and two winners were chosen for 2017.

Due January 31, 2022

GUIDELINES Texas Tech University SPRINT 2021

Specific requests for proposals submissions from researchers of Texas Tech University

Available at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/international/intlrsch/Brazil@Tech/sprint.php 

FAPESP and Texas Tech University (TTU), signed a Cooperation Agreement for Research on August 12, 2014, aiming to implement scientific and technological cooperation between researchers from Texas Tech University and from the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, through the funding of joint research projects.

As a continuation of this collaboration, FAPESP and Texas Tech University make public this Call for Proposals for the exchange of faculty and postdoctoral researchers under the terms and conditions of the SPRINT 2021 (www.fapesp.br/sprint/call2021) and hereinafter set forth.

  1. Eligibility from Texas Tech University side
    1. Eligibility to submit proposals within the scope of this Call:
      1. All tenured and tenure-track faculty and research professors from Texas Tech University are eligible to participate in this call for proposals.
    2. Eligibility for the exchange activities within the scope of this Call:
      1. Considering the principle of reciprocity, FAPESP exceptionally may either support PhD students from São Paulo state 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;
      2. 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;
      3. Eligibility of research partners in the State of São Paulo should observe the items 3.1 and 4.2 of FAPESP call (www.fapesp.br/sprint/call42019).
  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 duration of each project is 24 months.

  4. Timeline
    Call announced by FAPESP and Texas Tech University October 26, 2021
    Closing date for submission of proposals January 31, 2022
    Successful proposals notified after April 22, 2022
  5. Funding principles
    1. FAPESP will provide funding of up to the equivalent of US $5,000 (five thousand dollars) per proposal per year and Texas Tech University will provide funding of up to US $5,000 (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 (www.fapesp.br/en/8838).
    2. FAPESP and Texas Tech University will fund a maximum of 2 approved proposals.
  6. Proposal characteristics for Texas Tech University 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 TTU. One copy of the Research Project shall be sent to FAPESP and an identical copy to TTU.

    b. Additional documents required by Texas Tech University.

      1. As described at www.fapesp.br/sprint/call2021, the Research Project must include the following items:
        1. 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 TTU
        2. 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 TTU.
        3. Performance indicators for the planned activities, indicating the expected results;
        4. A description of each candidate's contribution to the mission, explaining their expertise to carry out the foreseen activities;
        5. Foreseen actions that will add to the impact of the exchange for TTU and for the Host Institution in the State of São Paulo, e.g. by means of seminars, short courses etc.;
        6. Description of how the Principal Investigators in São Paulo and TTU 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).

    1. The following additional documents required by Texas Tech University:
      1. Research Proposal Form
      2. CV Summaries of the Principal Investigators on both sides and of all candidates for the exchange activities
      3. Budget forms
      4. Worksheet with the candidates for the exchange missions
  7. Submission of proposals to Texas Tech University

    Submissions can only be accepted by email to Ms. Reagan Ribordy, Director for International Programs, Office of International Affairs, at reagan.ribordy@ttu.edu.

  8. Result of the analysis

    The results will be announced on FAPESP (www.fapesp.br) and Texas Tech University web portals and by means of a communication to the interested PIs.

  9. Contract for selected projects by Texas Tech University

    Selected proposals will subject to the conditions set forth in TTU operating policies (OP), including but not limited to OP 74.02 , OP 74.04 , OP 74.09 , and OP 74.10. For other questions related to research contracts, please contact Amy Cook, Managing Director for Research Services, Texas Tech University, amy.cook@ttu.edu.

  10. Grant cancellation

    FAPESP or Texas Tech University may cancel funding if, during the grant timeframe, a significant event justifies its cancellation in the assessment of the Joint Steering Committee, without prejudice of any other appropriate actions.

  11. Information about this Call at Texas Tech University

    All questions related to this Call for Proposals must be directed to Ms. Reagan Ribordy, Director for International Programs, Office of International Affairs, at reagan.ribordy@ttu.edu.

  12. FAPESP: The Virtual Library (www.bv.fapesp.br/en/) includes FAPESP's database of awarded research grants and scholarships. In it, you may search for information on grants and fellowships funded by FAPESP, including abstracts as well the name of participating researchers and their institutions. The Virtual Library includes an interface that allows contacting FAPESP-funded researchers by sending them a message. 

Previous Winners

2018

Researchers Project Title
Stephen Ekwaro-Osire
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Katia Lucchesi Cavalca Dedini
UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL DE CAMPINAS (UNICAMP)
Condition Monitoring and Prognostics of Bearings Considering Uncertainties
Naima Moustaid-Moussa
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

William Tadeu Lara Festuccia
INSTITUTE OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES, USP
Mechanisms underlying the anti-inflammatory and thermogenic effects of fish oil in obesity and associated metabolic diseases

2017

Researchers Project Title
Bradley Joseph Johnson
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Danilo Domingues Millen
UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL PAULSITA (UNESP)
Evaluation of vitamin a status on sera metabolites, muscle fiber type and carcass characteristics of feedlot cattle.
Joilson de Oliveira Martins
UNIVERSITY OF SAO PAULO (USP)

Naima Moustaid-Moussa
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
Mechanisms linking angiotensins to obesity and diabetes: role of inflammation, endoplasmic reticulum stress and autophagy.
Jorge Salazar-Bravo
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Luiz Tadeu Moraes Figueiredo
UNIVERSITY OF SAO PAULO (USP)
Experimental infection of neotropical bats with hantavirus.

2016

Researchers Project Title
Mahir Saleh Hussein
UNIVERSITY SÃO PAULO (USP)
Bill Poirier
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
Fermi Accelerators, Inverse Fermi Accelerators, Nonadiabatic Dynamics and Quantum Trajectories: Towards a Method for Electron Dynamics
FAPESP No. 2016/50485-9
Monica Tallarico Pupo
SCHOOL OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES OF RIBEIRAO PRETO-
UNIVERSITY OF SAO PAULO
Amanda M.V. Brown
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
Metabolic Processes in the Cooperative Microbial Symbionts of Brazilian Membracids
FAPESP No. 2016-50492-5

2015

Researchers Project Title

Andrea Parolin Jackowski
UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE SÃO PAULO (UNIFESP)
Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo
Ann Mastergeorge
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Incidence and effects of toxic stress on cognitive and socioemotional, neurodevelopmental outcomes in children and adolescents: a cross national comparative collaboration
FAPESP process: 2015/50469-0

Cassiana Montagner Carolina Raimund
UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL DE CAMPINAS (UNICAMP)
David Klein
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Determination of emerging contaminants and the comparison of efficiency of removal by wastewater treatment in São Paulo State, Brazil and Lubbock, Texas, United States of America
FAPESP process: 2015/50458-9

AGENCIA PAULISTA DE TECNOLOGIA DOS AGRONEGOCIOS (APTA)
Reynaldo Patiño
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals, global warming and reproductive health in fishes
FAPESP process: 2015/50465-5

Sonia Jancar
UNIVERSITY SÃO PAULO (USP)
Naima Moustaid-Moussa
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Mechanisms mediating anti inflammatory effects of omega 3 fatty acids in metabolic disorders: role of lipid mediators and micro RNAs
FAPESP process: 2015/50441-9

Sonia Marli Zingaretti
UNIVERSIDADE DE RIBEIRAO PRETO
Kameswara Rao Kottapalli
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Molecular mechanisms including micro RNA regulation of abiotic and biotic stress tolerance in sugarcane
FAPESP process: 2015/5045

2014

Researchers Project Title

Michelle Franz Montan Braga Leite
UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL DE CAMPINAS (UNICAMP)
Harvinder Singh Gill
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

EVALUATION OF PAIN AND ANESTHETIC EFFICACY AFTER TOPICAL APPLICATION OF MICRONEEDLES: A RANDOMIZED CLINICAL TRIAL.
2015/50004-8

Sergio Ferraz Novaes 
SÃO PAULO STATE UNIVERSITY (UNESP)
Nural Akchurin 
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

SPRANCE-UNESP AND TTU COLLABORATION IN HIGH-ENERGY PHYSICS IN THE COMPACT MUON SOLENOID EXPERIMENT AT THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER.
2015/50009-0

Ivan de Godoy Maia
SÃO PAULO STATE UNIVERSITY (UNESP)
CHRISTOPHER DALE ROCK
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

THE AUTO-REGULATORY LOOP INVOLVING MIR828,TAS4, AND TARGET MYB TRANSCRIPTION FACTORS:BASIC AND APPLIED STUDIES.
2015/50014-3

Francisco Bolivar Correto Machado
INSTITUTO TECNOLÓGICO DE AERONÁUTICA (ITA)
Hans Lischka
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

HIGH-LEVEL QUANTUM CHEMICAL INVESTIGATIONS OF DEFECT STRUCTURES IN MODEL GRAPHENE SYSTEMS.
2015/50018-9

Aparecido Carlos Goncalves 
SÃO PAULO STATE UNIVERSITY (UNESP)
Stephen Ekwaro-Osire 
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

PROBALISTIC DYNAMICS ANALYSIS AND LUBRICANT ANALYSIS TO IMPROVE RELIABILITY OF GEARBOXES.
2015/50026-1