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FAPESP and NERC will fund collaborative research

FAPESP and NERC will fund collaborative research

The focus is in Earth System Science and Global Environmental Change research (photo:Nasa)

The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), one of the Research Councils UK, are opening a new opportunity for funding collaborative projects between researchers in the United Kingdom and in the State of São Paulo, Brazil.

The focus of the new FAPESP-NERC partnership will be in Earth System Science and Global Environmental Change research.

FAPESP will consider proposals from principal investigators eligible for FAPESP funding and that demonstrate excellence in one or more of the following characteristics:

  1. Develop research with high impact and outcome focused on areas of interest for FAPESP’s Research Program for Global Climate Change (PFPMCG) and FAPESP’s Virtual Institute for Biodiversity Research (BIOTA).
  2. Activities that place international collaboration at the centre of their approach, adding value to Brazilian capability and delivering outcomes that cannot be delivered by scientists in São Paulo alone.
  3. Activities with lasting outputs that are expected to have benefits beyond the duration of the NERC’s International Opportunities Fund and the FAPESP award. FAPESP is especially interested in proposals in which the geographic focus of the collaboration is South America and the adjacent oceans, particularly the Amazon and the South Atlantic.

Applicants from the State of São Paulo may request up to £40.000,00 from FAPESP for each proposal for up to two years duration. Proposals must be related to an ongoing FAPESP grant.

FAPESP will provide the selected proposals with funds to cover short-term scientific exchange visits to UK (travel, accommodation, living expenses and health insurance), workshops (within the rules of FAPESP) and small research expenses (consumables, services, low cost research equipment).

The closing date for full proposals is 30 April 2015 at 16.00 BST.

The call for proposals is available at: