NWO and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) aim to strengthen research cooperation between São Paulo and the Netherlands by funding joint research projects. Consortia of research institutes and other organisations (both public and private) in the Netherlands and in Brazil can apply for funding of joint research projects that focus on sustainable biomass production for a biobased economy.
The current call focuses on interdisciplinary research on biomass production for the biobased economy within sustainable landscapes. The aim is to find context‐specific solutions that work or have the potential to work in particular settings, in order to draw generalised lessons for settings elsewhere. Taking into account all the competing demands, the solutions should focus on sustainable landscape use that combines a range of functions and demands. This will require a multi‐level (i.e. field/farm; landscape; national level) and multi‐ and transdisciplinary approach in order to arrive at such comprehensive solutions. Part of the project should be an in‐depth case study analysis that results in the development of transferable lessons. It is expected that research activities be conducted on both sides, including the exchange of researchers, and that the project and the intellectual contribution is evenly balanced between São Paulo and the Netherlands.
Eligible consortia are composed of researchers based in The Netherlands and in São Paolo. The consortium must also include a partner from the public, semi‐ public and/or private practitioner organisation. Consortia must include:
On the Dutch side
- A senior Principal Investigator;
- A co‐applicant from a different eligible Dutch organisation than the Principal Investigator.
On the Brazilian side
- A senior Principal Investigator from state of São Paulo;
- A co‐responsible researcher (highly recommended, non‐compulsory).
- A public, semi‐public, or private practitioner partner, from The Netherlands or Brazil.
For conditions on who can apply, see section 3.1 of the Call for Proposals. All consortium partners, as well as relevant stakeholders, are expected to be engaged in all phases of the project execution, from its inception to sharing the (emerging) results.
Consortia can apply for funds for a project with a maximum duration of five years. A maximum of 700.000 euros can be applied for from NWO. FAPESP (Brazil) will match in terms of research efforts. Funding and costs requested by the São Paulo researcher to FAPESP must be in accordance with FAPESP norms for (i) Thematic research project or (ii) Young Investigator Award (see 3.2.1 in the call). The NWO part of the budget is built up using the NWO‐ wide modules. These modules are described below. In the proposal budget, applicants choose which combination of modules are needed to answer the research question and how often each module will be deployed. The following modules are available for an application within this round:
- Material Credit
- Knowledge utilisation
- Money follows cooperation
- Project management
Deadline: 21 September 2021.