NoPa - Deutsch-Brasilianische Hochschulkooperation zu den Themen Tropenwald und Energie

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Call for applications for the support of multidisciplinary research cooperation between Brazil and Germany (NoPa)

With this call for applications, DAAD offers funding for joint research projects and for the implementation of the research results within the society and economy of Brazil and Germany. German universities are eligible to apply in conjunction with Brazilian universities. The focal areas of research are: "Sustainable Management and Protection of Tropical Forests" and "Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency". The funding period is from November 2011 to December 2013.

The program is named "NoPa": Novas Parcerias: Cooperação Academica e Tecnica entre Brasil e Alemanha / New Partnerships: Linking Academic Cooperation with Technical Cooperation. NoPa is a contribution of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to the 2010-2011 Brazil-Germany Year of Science, Technology and Innovation and will be implemented jointly by CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior/Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Level Personnel), GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) and DAAD together with DCTEC/MRE (the Division of Science and Technology of the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations).

Details of the general themes are outlined below according to the results of a demand/needs analysis conducted with a mixed group of decision-makers from the Brazilian public, productive and academic sector and representatives of civil society who worked on these issues with German representatives and experts. They will accompany the research cooperation projects. Interaction between research and implementation shall be strengthened.

Scientists from Germany and Brazil are invited to propose multidisciplinary research cooperation projects between German universities, Brazilian universities and research institutes with the participation of Brazilian and/or German companies.

Brazil and Germany are strategic partners in addressing global challenges. Brazil set ambitious goals by ratifying the National Plan on Climate Change in 2009. Through Technical Cooperation, Brazil and Germany cooperate to achieve national and global goals in climate protection in two major focal areas: "Sustainable Management and Protection of Tropical Forests" and "Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency".
An important strategy to achieve these important goals is to promote innovative research and scientific development. The NoPa program aims at enhancing collaboration between Technical Cooperation and Academic Cooperation to promote innovative solutions and their use in both the public and private sectors.

The NoPa project is a contribution of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to the 2010-2011 Brazil – Germany Year of Science, Technology and Innovation and is being implemented from November 2010 to December 2013 by CAPES, GIZ and DAAD together with DCTEC/MRE.

The NoPa Project has two major objectives:

  • To implement academic cooperation between Brazil and Germany based on the demands of both the public and private sectors in the focal areas "Sustainable Management and Protection of Tropical Forests" and "Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency".
  • To establish good practices for the collaboration between Technical Cooperation and Academic Cooperation to effectively connect the demand and the supply of scientific results. Interaction of the researchers with partners from the public and private sectors shall be enhanced. DAAD and GIZ will help the cooperation partners with monitoring and support for establishing contacts in this regard.

Research Themes
Applications have to focus on research and innovation in one of the following fields:

3.1 Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency

  • Technologies and processes for increasing the contribution of renewable energies to the energy matrix of Brazil to feed into the national grid as well as for generation, storage and distribution of energy in remote and isolated areas. The sources of renewable energies under consideration in this call are the following:
    - Biomass (Use of residues, 2nd generation biofuels, Energetic use of forest plantations)
    - Hydrogen batteries
    - Wind energy
    - Thermal and photovoltaic solar energy
  • Technologies and processes to increase the energy efficiency, like for example:
    - Smart-grid
    - Consumer behavior and change of behavioral patterns
    - M&V – measurement and verification
    - Development of more efficient technologies for equipment and processes in buildings
    - Efficient water-use, re-use and reduction of water losses due to evaporation
    - Energy storage
    - Heat recovery and power generation from waste heat: exhaust gases, heat exchanger
    - New information technology: Modelling, forward contract, simulation
  • Evaluation and recommendations for policies for energy efficiency and energy planning based on an integrated vision of all energy resources available and considering cross-cutting aspects like for example:
    - economic, engineering, public policy and environmental aspects
    - Instruments for reducing climate change
    - LCA (Life Cycle Assessment)
    - Education for changing consumer behavior

3.2 Protection and Sustainable Use of Tropical Forests in the Amazon Region

  • Forest management
    - Forest management / wood products
    Research to develop new technologies, machines or equipment to process and to use tropical wood, including under-used species, envisaging the increase of the intensity of use of forest resources including waste and side-products to increase the yield per tree of tropical wood.
    - Forest management / non-wood products
    Research to develop non-wood products and production processes for these.
  • Valorization of socio-biodiversity
    - Innovation and technology
    Evaluation, adaptation and/or development of processes and innovative technologies for new, value-added products from the biodiversity of the Amazon region.
  • Economic instruments
    Development of pilot projects for applying financial mechanisms as incentives for the protection and sustainable use of Amazon socio-biodiversity / payment for ecosystem services in the context of climate change.
  • Local sustainable economies and productive chains
    Value chains:
    Sustainable economic alternatives through structuring of the productive chains for non-wood and wood products from the Amazon region's socio-biodiversity.
    Local Productive Arrangement (Arranjos Produtivos Locais – APLs):
    Income generation and value aggregation, attraction of investments and new actors in APLs (Arranjos Produtivos Locais – APLs), envisaging local development, sustainable use of natural resources and reduced pressure on the Amazon forests.

Eligible institutions on the German side
German institutions of higher education are eligible to apply.

Selection criteria
The applications will be evaluated on the basis of scientific quality and merit, quality of the applying institution and staff involved, quality and conclusiveness of the proposal itself and feasibility in financial and technical terms. Furthermore, the assessment of the applications will take the following criteria into account:
Highest priority will be given to:

  • Applicability: Projects with the highest potential for technological innovation and positive impact on technical progress.
  • Participation of productive sector: Those applying for projects in partnership with Brazilian / German companies that include private matched funding will be given priority.
  • Quality of synergies with existing initiatives: Those projects that show the highest potential for synergies with the relevant policies or programs of the Brazilian government and/or Brazilian-German technical cooperation programs, existing activities of the bilateral scientific-technological cooperation and/or academic cooperation between universities.

High priority will be given to:

  • Strategic approach to research communication: Projects that include clear and precise procedures for dissemination of results especially to non-scientific target audiences.
  • Contribution to capacity building: Projects with the highest potential of capacity building among its participants and extension for non-scientific actors. (Especially relevant for proposals in the thematic area: Protection and sustainable use of tropical forests in the Amazon region.)
  • Interdisciplinarity: Projects that are based on interdisciplinary research are given priority. (Especially relevant for proposals in the thematic area: Renewable energies and energy efficiency.)
  • Potential for energy gain (Especially relevant for proposals in the thematic area: Renewable energies and energy efficiency.)
  • Quality of stakeholder participation in preparation of proposal and plans of implementation: Project that propose a methodologically sound and strategic approach to interaction with relevant stakeholders.

Priority will be given to:

  • Linking research and teaching: Projects with the greatest potential positive impact on the teaching activities at the universities involved (summer schools etc.) and inclusion of graduate and doctoral students in the proposal (Especially relevant for proposals in the thematic area: Renewable energies and energy efficiency.).
  • Equality between the research partners: Projects that share decision-making power, value the different management capacities of each research partner (Especially relevant for proposals in the thematic area: Protection and sustainable use of tropical forests in the Amazon region.).
  • Use and dissemination of already existing research: Projects that show lead on already existing research and/or lay out clear steps for disseminating existing results for further use by policy and practice in the thematic field of the call (Especially relevant for proposals in the thematic area: Protection and sustainable use of tropical forests in the Amazon region.).

Further requirements:

  • Willingness to (pro-) actively interact with potential research users in Brazil especially with the Advisory Group (GAT) and the programs of the bilateral development cooperation programs implemented by the Brazilian government together with GIZ and KfW is a pre-condition for applying for funds under this call.
  • Cooperating with GIZ programs for impact monitoring of the projects

DAAD Funding
Each project will receive funding from the German (DAAD) and the Brazilian (CAPES) side. The DAAD supports mobility for professors, researchers, doctors and graduated students (internships in Brazilian companies) from Germany. Funding for the Brazilian side is published by CAPES . Material expenses for the research work and allowances for the participation in symposia are included in the call. In order to communicate the results of the common research there are funds as well to organize conferences, seminars or summerschools. Participation in trade fairs is desired. The cooperating universities receive funding for project coordination staff and for public relation.
There is no need to apply for the full range of funding components of the program. Applications including only several elements, according to the specific needs in the cooperation, are welcome. The maximum amount for funding will be Euro 590.000 (German side) over the funding period (November 2011 – December 2013). In order to fund a wider range of cooperation projects, applications with a tight calculation – resting below the maximum amount – are desirable.
The funding rates of the NoPa program are based on the DAAD standard programs.

Research stay of German scientists in Brazil - Travel and accommodation expenses

  • Scientists (Postdocs and Professors)
    Accommodation expenses to the extent of € 3509 per month
    Travel costs lump-sum according to the DAAD´s standard funding (up to € 1250, depending on the duration of the stay in Brazil)
  • Ph.D. student
    Accommodation expenses to the extent of € 1100 per month
    Travel costs lump-sum according to the DAAD´s standard funding (up to € 950, depending on the duration of the stay in Brazil)

3-month Internship in Brazil - Scholarship and travel expenses

  • Scholarship of € 425 per month. Extension up to 3 month
  • Travel costs lump-sum according to the DAAD´s standard funding (€ 900)

Human resources at the German university for project coordination and public relation - Salary and travel expenses for meeting

  • Employer gross costs of a part time position for coordination
  • Travel costs lump-sum according to the DAAD´s standard funding

Costs for meetings, conferences, seminars, summerschools and participation in trade fairs

  • Seminars and meetings to the extent of € 20.000
  • Big conferences and summerschools (for example with a participation in a trade fair) to the extent of € 80.000
  • expenses have to be economical and are limited in the following area:
    remuneration for speakers up to Euro 250 per day
  • accommodation expenses for the participants up to Euro 95 per day
  • travel expenses (economy class)

Material expenses for research work and allowances for the participation in symposia

  • Material expenses to the extent of € 4000 per scientists in the project per year
  • Allowances for the participation in symposia (conference fees, travel and accommodation expenses) to the extent of € 6000 for the cooperation partners in the project overall per year.

Note: Depending on a case by case decision minor scale funding in others than the above mentioned categories can be supplied, if it is relevant for the project outcome and well justified. This includes also partial funding for coordination of the project within the Brazilian university. Please contact the DAAD before the application, to assure compliance with existing regulations.

Length of Funding and Application Deadline
The funding period is from November 2011 to December 2013. The application deadline is 15 August 2011.

Application Procedures, Forms and Contents
Please submit your application via the DAAD's online portal. You must fill out the application cover sheet and financial plan there, (the funding rates serve as orientation) and attach or upload the following application documents in English:

  • A detailed project description that
    - contains a plan of the work and measures to be carried out over the entire project period, including the schedule and order in which all planned measures are to be implemented,
    - specifies the expected results of the project with the goals defined and explained in sufficient detail to allow performance testing to be carried out,
    - includes a 0.5-1 page summary of the proposal for consideration by the Advisory Group. Make sure that the summary considers the projects approach to meeting the special selection criteria.
    provides details on the required human resources
  • Where appropriate, a brief descriptive outline of the applicant's other projects and activities, both completed and in progress, which in terms of content or through participating partners are connected with or relevant to the present project.
  • Documents that demonstrate the mutual willingness of the German and Brazilian partners to actively engage in the realisation of project goals. Such a partnership agreement should be signed by the direction of the cooperation universities.
  • A brief summary of the complementary application of the Brazilian partner. The calculation basis must allow detailed verification and be oriented along the DAAD funding rates according to the information in this call. DAAD offers advise (contact below), if needed.

Funding Decision and Approval of Funds
An independent, international selection committee comprised of relevant academics and experts in the field, plus representatives from the German and Brazilian funding institutions is responsible for deciding on the award and the amount of funding. Two Thematic Advisory Groups, consisting of the MRE/DCTEC, experts and decision makers from federal ministries and other institutions, representatives from the industry and scientific sectors as well as from civil society, CAPES, DAAD, GIZ Brazil, will also advise the selection process and interact with the researchers in implementation and dissemination of results.

The DAAD office plans to announce the funding decision in October 2011. Funding of the DAAD is awarded in the form of an endowment contract between the DAAD and the participating German institute of higher education. The Funding is subject to the provision of budgetary resources by the BMZ and CAPES (for the Brazilian partner of the project).

Mrs Gudrun Chazotte (Section 435)
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53175 Bonn
Telephone: 0228 882/8614

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