A pioneering MoU was signed today between Research Councils UK (RCUK) and FAPESP, the Research Council for the State of So Paulo, strengthening existing valuable research links between the UK and Brazil. The MoU will enable Brazilian and UK researchers to apply for funding through a single application and peer review process, removing some of the barriers facing international research collaboration. Researchers joined ministers and officials from both countries in celebrating this significant achievement.
Professor Ian Diamond, Chair of RCUK, welcomed the agreement: "This is a fantastic indication of the direction international collaboration is taking within the Research Councils. RCUK is dedicated to promoting the collaboration of best with best, and this agreement demonstrates our commitment to widening opportunities for researchers, so that world-class researchers can work together on excellent research."
Science Minister Lord Drayson, who also attended the signing, said: "I am delighted that such an important agreement is now in place. Researchers in the UK and Brazil can reap the benefits from collaborating without worrying about having to go through separate application processes. I am looking forward to seeing partnerships between the two countries grow stronger as they continue to share expertise and facilities in tackling international challenges such as food security and climate change."
Professor Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, Scientific Director of FAPESP who represented Brazil at the signing, said: "Scientists in the State of So Paulo create 50% of the Brazilian scientific articles. Fostering international collaboration is a relevant portion of our strategy. The cooperation agreement signed with RCUK opens exciting possibilities for researchers in So Paulo and the UK to collaborate in an effective manner.