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FAPESP and BBSRC will fund new research

FAPESP and BBSRC will fund new research

Collaborative UK-São Paulo proposals on anti-microbial resistance and insect pest resistance in agriculture will be selected (photo: BBSRC)

The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) will fund new research focussing on anti-microbial resistance and insect pest resistance in agriculture.

The joint Newton Fund call for proposals will be open to submissions in October 2017 with FAPESP specific guidelines for researchers in the State of São Paulo.

A workshop at FAPESP’s auditorium in 5-6 October will provide opportunities for face-to-face networking and for new UK-Brazil collaborations to develop.

Expression of interest for workshop attendance can be send by the UK researchers to BBSRC until 29 August. Although this call is being managed by BBSRC, any UK eligible researchers who are eligible for RCUK funding are welcome to participate.

The call will be managed as a two-stage process with the first stage being a pump-priming proposal. The pump-priming grants will be short-term projects of no more than 12 months awarded to a maximum of £80,000 in the UK (with matched contribution from FAPESP – it is not necessary to request an equal amount of money from both sides but it is envisaged a balanced partnership in terms of research efforts) to establish new or build on existing collaborations. BBSRC and FAPESP are looking to support around 10 pump-priming projects at the first stage.

The purpose of the pump-priming award is to enable UK and Brazilian researchers to work together to develop competitive, integrated, collaborative research proposals for submission to the full stage BBSRC-FAPESP Joint AMR and Insect Pest Resistance in Agriculture Call closing date in autumn 2018.

Full stage collaborative research projects, following on from successful pump-priming awards, will start in April 2019 and will last up to two years, and will be of larger scale than the pump priming projects. BBSRC and FAPESP are looking to support around five full stage projects.More information about the pre-announcement of the call for proposals is available at: www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/filter/2017-bbsrc-fapesp-awards-amr-insect-pest-resistance-in-agriculture/ .