A $200,000 (CAD) investment announced this morning by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario will be used to enhance support for research collaborations between investigators in Brazil and Canada.
Announced in Ottawa June 14 at a workshop called Advancing Excellence in Strategic Engagement with Brazil, the new co-operation agreement will promote and support scientific research projects between institutions of higher education and research in the state of São Paulo, Brazil and the two Canadian universities.
The goal of the workshop was to foster peer exchange and dialogue that informs institutional policy making and practice, while helping shape the agenda of future engagement of Canadian universities with Brazilian institutions in specific areas of research and training.
“The deal represents another action for internationalization of FAPESP,” said Ricardo Brentani, director of FAPESP. “Both the University of Toronto and The University of Western Ontario are part of a broader process that represents research possibilities and interaction among researchers in the State of São Paulo and researchers from these two universities."
The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) started operations in 1962 and is one of Brazil’s main research funding agencies for science. Its mission is to foster scientific research in all fields of knowledge by awarding scholarships, fellowships and grants to investigators linked to higher education and research institutions in the State of São Paulo, Brazil. In 2010 there were 11,555 projects approved. FAPESP’s expenditures in 2010 were around $500 million (USD), up five per cent from 2009.
“This type of program represents fairly new territory in terms of providing support to help seed collaboration between Canadian and Brazilian researchers,” said Ted Hewitt, Western’s vice-president (research and international relations). “We hope the calls for proposals and other activities generated by this agreement encourage joint research projects between the two countries that benefit not only Canada and Brazil, but the rest of the world.”
“Partnership is essential to the ability of universities, governments and other organizations to help global society solve problems and create opportunities,” said Professor Paul Young, the University of Toronto’s vice-president (research). “This agreement between FAPESP, Western and U of T is a perfect example of the power of partnership and collaboration. We very much look forward to the innovation that will come of our enhanced relationship with Brazil.”
More information about the deal can be found at http://www.fapesp.br/en/61922