New Brazil-UK Funding Awards For Science Projects.







Press Release

For immediate Release

25th September 2013

  New Brazil-UK Funding Awards For Science Projects.

London: FAPESP (The São Paulo Research Foundation) today announced a raft of new scientific agreements and collaborations with UK higher learning institutions, bringing to 14 the number of British universities with which it has agreements.

FAPESP and British Council made public results of a Call for Proposals  (CFP) for joint research by postgraduates at seven British Universities and their counterparts at universities and institutes in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.

With the British Council, FAPESP announced that postgraduate projects in the social sciences, public health and technology sectors, were awarded to researchers from:

  • Nottingham University and School of Nursing at University of São Paulo
    • (Heather Wharrad and Cassia Baldini Soares)
  • University of Warwick and School of Communications and Arts at University of São Paulo
    • (Joanne Garde-Hansen and Gilson Schwartz)
  • Cambridge University and Faculty of Medicine, University of São Paulo
    • (Joseph Murray and Guilherme Vanoni Polanczyk)
  • Bristol University and CPQD Telecommunications R&D Centre
    • (Reza Nejabati and Julio Cesar Rodrigues Fernandes de Oliveira)
  • Newcastle University and Faculty of Odontology at Bauru, University of São Paulo
    • (Anne McGuire and Marilia Afonso Rabelo Buzalaf)
  • University College, London and Institute of Geosciences at University of Campinas
    • (Jack Stilgoe and Philip Martin MacNaghten)
  • Bradford University and SEPSP State Data Analysis Foundation
    • (Fiona Macaulay and Renato Sérgio de Lima)

The value of the awards was not disclosed. The objective is sharing competencies and exchange among researchers in the UK and Brazil.

Joint FAPESP-British Council funding was also announced for seven information-sharing workshops in a number of fields. Each of the scientific gatherings will be coordinated by two researchers, representing the São Paulo and British organisations involved in the process, focusing on specific areas or interdisciplinary themes.

In separate developments, FAPESP also announced multiple new CFPs with two UK universities with which the Brazil-based funding agency maintains links.

  • Together with King’s College, University of London, FAPESP issued a fourth CFP in all knowledge areas with a joint value of £12,000 p.a open until 27/01/2014.
  • Together with the University of Edinburgh, FAPESP issued a first CFP in all knowledge areas with a joint value of £10,000 p.a. open until   10/02/2014.
  • Together with the University of Southampton, FAPESP issued a CFP open until 10/11/2013.

During FAPESP Week conference the São Paulo based organization also announced a number of new agreements for postgraduate research cooperation with:

  • University of Manchester. On 26th September a memorandum of understanding is to be signed by FAPESP president Celso Lafer and Colin Bailey, dean of Manchester’s faculty of engineering and physical sciences. Each party will contribute £50,000 to fund calls for proposals across a range of science disciplines over five years.
  • University of Cambridge. On 2nd September, FAPESP signed a scientific cooperation agreement. Each party will contribute £30,000 over a three year period.
  • Imperial College, London. On 25th September a memorandum of understanding was signed by FAPESP’s Prof Lafer and  Imperial’s Provost, Professor James Stirling. Each party will contribute £6,000 per proposal to fund CFPs across a range of science disciplines over two years.

During the conference, FAPESP also announced that in coming months it will issue new CFPs  with several other UK universities. These are:

  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Birmingham
  • Keele University
  • York University

FAPESP now retains joint agreements with all the seven UK Research Councils and with 14 British universities. These are:

Bangor, Keele, Bath, Birmingham, Cambridge, East Anglia, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Southampton, Surrey, York, Institute of Education (University of London) King’s College (University of London), and Imperial College (London).


São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) is a public foundation with the mission of supporting research and scientific and technological development in the State of São Paulo. This goal is pursued through research projects developed in universities and research institutions, in all fields of knowledge. For more information, please visit:

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for education opportunities and cultural relations. Its work aims at establishing experience exchange and creating bonds for the two countries through knowledge and ideas exchange among people worldwide. The British Council in Brazil works in five areas: Education, English language, Arts, Sports and Exams. The organisation is present in 223 cities and 109 countries, with partners such as governments, on different levels, non-governmental bodies and the private sector. For more information, please visit:



Luiz Fernando Cunha: +55 11 3838 4151 /

Samuel Antenor: +55 11 3838 4381 /

British Council

Aliandra Barlete: + 55 11 21057502 /

Ana Signorini: + 55 21 2105 7540 /

In the UK

Richard House 07798865950 at Nextar Communications /


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