Funding Sources

Presentation by Hannah Whiteman LSHTM for funding opportunities specific to Brazil-UK collaboration:

Brazil funding opportunities May 2014 HW



Science without Borders (Ciência sem Fronteiras) is a large scale scholarship program primarily funded by the Brazilian government. The program seeks to strengthen and expand science and technology initiatives, innovation and competitiveness through international mobility of undergraduate and graduate students and researchers. The program aims to send 101,000 Brazilians to study at top universities around the world. To date, the program has funded over 70,000 Brazilian researchers.

Opportunities for Brazil-based researchers

  • PhD fellowships provide funding to study for a PhD abroad or for a sandwich placement during a PhD (3 to 12 months). Deadline: 22 August 2014
  • Visiting opportunities for professors provide funding for established researchers to spend 6 to 12 months working abroad. Deadline: 22 August 2014

Opportunities for international researchers

  • Postdoctoral fellowships (Young Talent scheme) for early career researchers to spend 12 to 36 months working with established research groups in Brazil. Deadline 15 September 2014
  • Visiting opportunities for professors (Special Visiting Researcher scheme) provide funding for established researchers to spend 12 to 36 months working in Brazil. Deadline: TBC


British Council Researcher Links workshops. This scheme provides funding for workshops to be held in Brazil, which will bring together early-career researchers from the UK and Brazil to discuss their research and start to build international relationships in areas including Health, Water and Sanitation; Food and Nutrition; Urbanization; Climate and Environment Humanitarian Disasters. Applications must be made on a bilateral basis between two senior academics; one of whom must be based in the UK and the second must be based in Brazil. All applications must have a coordinator from Sao Paulo (but can include other Brazilian universities). Deadline: 9 June 2014


Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Newton Fund. The Newton Fund aims is to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of 15 countries, including Brazil . The Fund will cover three areas: People: student and researcher fellowships, mobility schemes and joint centres; Programmes: research collaborations; and Translation: innovation partnerships and challenge funds to develop innovative solutions. Deadline: TBC



RCUK/FAPESP Funding Opportunities. The UK Research Councils (MRC, ESRC, BBSRC etc) and FAPESP, the Research Council for the State of São Paulo, have a bilateral agreement in place to encourage and support proposals that involve UK and Brazil collaborative teams. This enables Brazilian and UK researchers to apply for funding through a single application rather than submitting separate bids to national funders.

MRC: collaborative teams can apply to the Partnership, Programme and Research Grant schemes.

ESRC: collaborative teams can apply to the Research Grant scheme.

BBSRC: collaborative teams can apply to the standard responsive mode schemes.

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