Irish Research Council – São Paulo in International Collaboration (IRC-SPRINT)

By Aoileann Ní Bhroin

Posted: 9 January, 2020

The Irish Research Council has announced that the IRC-SPRINT Call in partnership with FAPESP (Brazil) will open on 28 January 2020.

FAPESP and the Irish Research Council signed a Cooperation Agreement for Research on 1 February 2019. The agreement between the funding agencies aims to facilitate cooperation between researchers in Ireland and in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, through the funding of joint research projects.

The longer-term goal of the cooperation is to develop and to enhance lasting professional networks of researchers. Successful applicants are encouraged to develop their collaboration post-IRC-SPRINT by seeking larger-scale funding from international sources such as Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe.

In preparation for the new Call, the Council will be hosting a webinar to launch the initiative on 23 January 2020.  

Important dates for the 2020 call are as follows:

Call Launch – Webinar 23 January 2020
Call Announced by FAPESP and the Council 28 January 2020
FAQ Deadline 16:00 (Irish time) – 17 April 2020
Closing date for submission of proposals 16:00 (Irish time) – 28 April 2020
Successful proposals notified after 31 July 2020

All applications should be submitted via the online system by the deadline of exactly 16:00 (Irish time) on 28 April 2020.

An application form submitted by an Ireland-based researcher to the Irish Research Council must be matched by an application form submitted by a research partner based in the State of São Paulo. Otherwise, it will not be considered.

In the first instance, applicants are advised to consult the attached documentation

  • 2020 IRC-SPRINT Terms and Conditions Version 1.0
  • Guide for bv-cdi FAPESP to search for eligible São Paulo-based partners

Applicants seeking further clarification are then recommended to contact the research office in their respective higher education institution. If unable to provide clarity, the research office should send questions to to be answered through the frequently asked questions (FAQ) process. An updated FAQ document will be published weekly on the Irish Research Council website.


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