Funding agreement will strengthen research links with Brazil

7 March 2014

The University of Sydney has signed a funding agreement with one of South America's leading research sponsors.

The agreement with the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (Fundacao de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de Sao Paulo, FAPESP) will provide joint funding for new collaborations between Australian and Brazilian researchers. The University and FAPESP will jointly provide up to $100,000 per year to support competitively awarded projects.

The state of Sao Paulo is the regional powerhouse in research output, producing 50 per cent of all research in Latin America and housing its highest internationally ranked universities. With a population of around 42 million, it accounts for one third of Brazil's total GDP.

The University is already collaborating with Sao Paulo research institutions in information technology, artificial intelligence, robotics, physiotherapy, immunology and infectious diseases.

Professor Jill Trewhella, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research of the University of Sydney and a signatory to the agreement, said: "The Sao Paulo Research Foundation is one of the most significant research promoters in Latin America. I visited Brazil recently and was very impressed by research outputs, the level of national investment and the commitment to advancing science and technology."

Professor Bruce Robinson, Dean of the Sydney Medical School and Chair of the University's Latin American Advisory Group, commented: "This is an important agreement for the University which will enable us to expand our work with Brazil. There are many opportunities for our academics to leverage off current research in the excellent Sao Paulo institutions and our academics are excited about this agreement to facilitate new collaborations."

FAPESP is an independent public foundation with a mission to foster research and assist scientific and technological development in Sao Paulo. It provides grants and funding to support research, innovation and education in the state's public and private institutions.

A joint call for applications will be announced shortly.

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