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£6M joint investment in UK-BRAZIL research partnership announced

Research Councils UK (RCUK) is pleased to announce almost £6m in joint funding between the UK and Brazil for Research Partnerships under the Newton Fund. 

Around 70 projects will be funded, giving researchers the opportunity to build sustainable collaborations between Brazil and the UK by providing flexible short-term support for small-scale research and networking activities.

This is the first time that RCUK has worked with CONFAP, the Brazilian Council of State Funding Agencies, on a joint call for proposals. Projects will be funded across all remits and challenge areas: from health to urban transformations, and from biodiversity and ecosystems to welfare reform.

Professor Jane Elliott, CEO of ESRC and the RCUK International Champion, said: “International collaboration is essential for tackling the global challenges we face today. The projects funded under this call are solid evidence that RCUK is building on and strengthening its existing relationship with Brazilian funders to support some really interesting and innovative research partnerships. Giving the UK research community the opportunity to work closely with researchers in emerging economies, and providing access to new ideas, people and data, will bring global benefits to both economy and society."

Professor Sergio Gargioni, President of CONFAP, said: “I am delighted with the outcome of this call. Together CONFAP and RCUK have funded a significant number of truly excellent research partnerships which is a great sign of future collaboration activities between Brazil and the UK.”

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Notes to editors

Research Councils UK (RCUK) is the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils who annually invest around £3 billion in research. We support excellent research, as judged by peer review, that has an impact on the growth, prosperity and wellbeing of the UK. To maintain the UK’s global research position we offer a diverse range of funding opportunities, foster international collaborations and provide access to the best facilities and infrastructure around the world. We also support the training and career development of researchers and work with them to inspire young people and engage the wider public with research. To maximise the impact of research on economic growth and societal wellbeing we work in partnership with other research funders including the Technology Strategy Board, the UK Higher Education funding bodies, business, government, and charitable organisations.

The seven UK Research Councils are:

  • Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
CONFAP (Brazilian National Council of State Research and Innovation Support Foundations)

The Brazilian National Council for the State Funding Agencies (CONFAP) is a non-profit organisation that represents all State Research and Innovation Support Foundations. Further information can be found here

The Newton Fund

The Newton Fund is a £375 million fund (£75 million a year for five years) which will enable the UK to use its strength in research and innovation to promote the economic development and social welfare of 15 partner countries. The Fund will help the UK to build strong, sustainable and systemic relationships with countries that are rapidly improving their own scientific capability and will help to unlock further opportunities for science and innovation collaboration and trade.

A list of the awarded grants is available here

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