Known as FAPESP (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo), the foundation provides grants, funds and programs to support the research, education and innovation of both private and public institutions in São Paulo.
The University will partner with FAPESP on a program to support researcher exchanges and the development of joint research visits and projects.
FAPESP and the University will each contribute up to $100,000 a year after the first to support these programs, with a total investment of close to $1 million across five years.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor James McCluskey said after the signing of the agreement today that this was an exciting first step in greater research collaboration between Australia and Brazil.
“It’s an exciting agreement to have in place, as it sets out a really important framework for which joint research projects, staff exchanges and other collaborations can take place between the University and one of Brazil’s major state funding authorities,” he said.
“FAPESP has a strong history of doing valuable work in the areas of science and technology, and more recently in genomic science and industrial innovation.
“These align very closely with the priorities laid out in the university’s research strategy, Research @ Melbourne: Ensuring Excellence and Impact to 2025, as we turn our institutional focus towards the ‘grand challenges’ of sustainability and resistance, health and wellbeing, and understanding our place and purpose.”
While in Brazil, the University will also sign the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of São Paulo, as well as a new agreement to facilitate student exchange between the Faculty of Business and Economics in Melbourne and the School of Economics, Business and Accountancy at the University of São Paulo.
This will be the first exchange agreement in Australia for the University of São Paulo business faculty, opening up new opportunities for Melbourne students to study in Brazil.