São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP*) is Brazil’s leading regional grant-funding body. With a R$ 938 million (EUR370 million) a year budget in 2011 and expenditures around US$ 550 million (EUR434 million) in 2012, it works with foreign and Brazilian universities to offer scientists competitive awards, research funding and laboratories where they can develop S&T projects for the advancement of science and new technologies.
FAPESP is located in São Paulo state, already responsible for one third of the PhDs granted yearly in Brazil, and whose universities are among the country’s most highly-rated. It is financed by tax revenues from Brazil’s wealthiest and most industrially-developed region. When measured on a per capita spend basis, the science research budget of São Paulo state is already higher than that of India, Russia, China, Spain or Ireland.
FAPESP has exchange agreements with leading universities around the world and with national scientific research bodies including France’s ANR, UK’s NERC, NSF of the US and Germany’s DFG. It is a member of the prestigious Belmont Forum of national agencies financing environmental research.
FAPESP currently finances 18,000 projects in all areas of knowledge and is one of the world’s top 70 funding institutes. Over five decades it has financed more than 110,000 scholarships and fellowships from undergraduate to postdoctoral studies and provided 96,000 individual and thematic research projects.
*FAPESP (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo)