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FAPESP and NERC open new call for proposals

FAPESP and NERC open new call for proposals

Collaborative research with high impact and outcome on areas such as those of interest for FAPESP’s Global Climate Change and Biodiversity programs will be funded to leverage ongoing grants from both agencies (imagem: 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 partnership are in Earth System Science and Global Environmental Change research.

FAPESP will consider proposals from principal investigators (PI) eligible for FAPESP funding and that demonstrate excellence in one or more of the following characteristics (international collaboration is a must):

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.

There are two options for proposal submission. In the funding conditions for the Pump Priming Award, applicants from the State of São Paulo may request up to £40.000 from FAPESP for each proposal for up to two years duration.

For the Pump Priming Award Plus, applicants may request funds for up to three years duration under the following funding conditions: a) up to £40.000 from FAPESP for each proposal or; b) up to £60.000 from FAPESP for each proposal in case the PI requests, as part of the joint project, the organization of at least one international workshop to be held in the State of São Paulo.

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 September 24th, at 16.00 BST.

Proposals must be related to an ongoing FAPESP grant. Thus, researchers regarded as eligible to submit proposals are Principal Investigators of ongoing research projects funded by FAPESP within the following funding lines: Regular Research Awards, Thematic Projects, Young Investigators, Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (RIDC/CEPID), Public Education Research Program, Research in Public Policies and Research Partnership for Technological Innovation (PITE). Co-Principal Investigators of ongoing Thematic Projects, RIDCs or PITEs are also eligible to apply.

The call for proposals is available at: