Manchester extends research ties with São Paulo Research Foundation, Brazil.










EMBARGO DATE: September 25 2013



Manchester extends research ties with

São Paulo Research Foundation, Brazil.


The University of Manchester  is signing a £100,000 cooperation agreement with Brazil’s leading regional scientific research funding agency, to promote research links between the UK and the state of São Paulo.


The five-year agreement with FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation) will make it easier for UK researchers to work alongside colleagues from Brazil’s top-ranked universities. Each party will contribute £50,000 to fund calls for proposals across a range of science disciplines.


The memorandum of understanding is to be signed 26th September by FAPESP President Celso Lafer and Colin Bailey, Vice-President and  Dean of Manchester’s  Faculty of  Engineering and  Physical Sciences. The two are attending a conference at the Royal Society sponsored by FAPESP.

FAPESP already has similar cooperation agreements with 13 UK universities and all the UK Research Councils.

Prof. Lafer said: “Researchers at Brazilian universities sponsored by FAPESP are already working very closely with experts from  The University of Manchester to study the way Amazonia affects global climate change. We now look forward to fruitful cooperation on a much wider wide range of scientific disciplines.”

For the University of Manchester, Prof. Bailey said: “The University continues to enhance its partnership with organisations in Brazil and we are particularly pleased to sign this agreement with FAPESP, which will continue to support and grow our research links with the state of São Paulo.” 

The fast-growing ties between the UK and Brazil were praised by Universities and Science Minister David Willetts who is this week scheduled to address the FAPESP Week conference in London.

“Brazil has a growing reputation for developing cutting edge research,  ” said the minister. “It’s essential that the UK works closely with colleagues from Brazil to maximise this potential.”




Note to editors

More information about the FAPESP Week Conference held 25th-27th September at:

This conference, being held at the Royal Society, brings together leading scientists and policymakers from the UK, Brazil and European nations. David Willetts MP, Universities and Science Minister, opens the conference with a keynote address. The conference covers developments in: Climate change, Health science, Biofuels, Biodiversity, and Nanotechnology.




São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) is Brazil’s leading regional grant-funding body. The State constitution allocates 1% of all state taxes to the foundation. FAPESP’s expenditure in 2012 was of R$ 1.035 billion (approximately US$ 500 million/£300 million). FAPESP recently announced an 11-year support to 17 targeted research centers, with a total of US$680 million of own and matched funds.

FAPESP’s key areas of funding in sciences are: Biodiversity; Climate Change; Biofuels; Nanotechnology; Health Sciences. For further information visit:


About University of Manchester

The University of Manchester, a member of the Russell Group, is one of the largest and most popular universities in the UK. It has 20 academic schools and hundreds of specialist research groups undertaking pioneering multi-disciplinary teaching and research of worldwide significance. According to the results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, The University of Manchester is one of the country’s major research institutions, rated third in the UK in terms of ‘research power’. The University had an annual income of £807 million in 2011/12.





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