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EU-Brazil cooperation already yielding success

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The time has come to start showcasing the results of EU-Brazil Cooperation in ICT Research.
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The European Commission and its Brazilian partners will organise a high-level workshop in Brasília, on 11 November, to showcase the strategic importance of ICT research cooperation, highlighting its huge potential for stimulating new ICT developments and galvanising research communities around various initiatives and topics. With two coordinated calls already completed, resulting in a number of projects, preparations are now underway for a third call.

The workshop will provide a snapshot of the valuable networking and sharing opportunities generated thanks to these coordinated ICT research and funding activities under FP7. This will include results from on-going Call 1 projects, with a focus on their expected impact in the EU and Brazil. Success stories from this 2011 call include:

  • PodiTrodi – An autonomous microfluidic system is being developed with highly sensitive, integrated biosensors for detecting Chagas disease. Chagas is a major cause of death in tropical regions. The solution could be further adapted to test for leishmaniasis, dengue, malaria or HIV.
  • BEMO-COFRA – Mobile sensors and modern ICTs introduced into a Brazilian car production plant are set to improve monitoring and control, as well as overall productivity, reliability, safety and quality assurance.
  • EUBrazilOpenBio – An open-access platform integrating existing EU and Brazilian infrastructures and resources covering biodiversity species (mainly linking the Brazilian Flora catalogue with the EU-hosted ‘Catalogue of Life’).

Responses to Call 2 were successfully evaluated in Brasília in March 2013, the first time an assessment of this nature has been performed outside Europe. Four projects, one per topic, were selected for funding, out of 60 proposals. The new projects will be formally launched at the upcoming workshop, and a few will use the opportunity to organise parallel kick-off meetings in Brazil.

Looking towards future cooperation in ICT on areas of mutual strategic benefit, a number of potential topics have already been identified for Call 3, scheduled for 2015. The topics will be introduced during the workshop with a view to promoting networking among research communities on both sides of the Atlantic.

Call 1 (5.5M€ EU + ~5.5M€ BR)

42 proposals for 5 projects

EU Acronym

 EU partners

 BR Partners

PodiTrodi

8

5

FIBRE

6

9

EUBrazilOpenBio

5

4

SECFUNET

9

7

BEMO-COFRA

5

4

 

Call 2 (5.3M€ EU + ~5.3M€ BR)

60 proposals for 4 projects

EU Acronym

 EU partners

 BR Partners

   

EUBrazilCC

7

6

   

IMPReSS

5

6

   

RESCUER

5

4

   

GLOBAL ITV

9

9

   

 

Potential topics for Call 3 (7M€ EU + ~7M€ BR)

‘Advanced Cyber Infrastructure’

Cloud computing, including security aspects

High-performance computing (HPC) and advanced computing

Experimental platforms