EMBARGO DATE: September 25 2013
Manchester extends research ties with
São Paulo Research Foundation, Brazil.
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,
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
For the University of Manchester, Prof. Bailey said: “
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,
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: http://www.fapesp.br/en/
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