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13 July 2017

EU , Brazil & South Africa enhance cooperation in Marine Research

Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology of South Africa, European Commissioner Carlos Moedas and Gilberto Kassab, Minister of State for Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications of Brazil (L-R)

The European Union, Brazil and South Africa signed today the Belem Statement on Atlantic Research and Innovation Cooperation.

This Initiative will improve the scientific knowledge of marine ecosystems and the links between oceans and climate change, food and energy systems, as well as the dynamics of the Atlantic Ocean and its interconnected circulation systems from Antarctica to the Arctic.

This Statement is building on previous bilateral Declarations of Intent on Marine Research and Innovation Cooperation signed by the EU with Brazil and South Africa, and the development of the South-South Framework for Scientific and Technical Cooperation in the South and Tropical Atlantic and Southern Ocean. It will also help to closely link research activities in the South Atlantic and Southern Ocean with those in the North Atlantic, and explore synergies with other initiatives.

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13 October 2016

New opportunities for Brazilian researchers to join ERC teams

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Commissioner Carlos Moedas with the President of CONFAP, Sérgio Gargioni

The European Commission and the Brazilian National Council of State Funding Agencies – CONFAP signed today an agreement that will further enhance cooperation between the EU and Brazil in research & innovation.

The purpose of the agreement is to encourage the best Brazilian scientists to join research teams funded by the European Research Council (ERC). Brazilian researchers would undertake short or long term research visits, in Europe, and collaborate with ERC-funded teams, conducting frontier research across Europe.

These opportunities are intended for active Postdoctoral Grantees from the State Funding Agencies (FAPs), from the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) and from the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).

This is the 8th arrangement of its kind and the third one with Latin American countries, after the agreements with Argentina and Mexico that were signed in 2015.

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Policy background

The European Union (EU) and Brazil established diplomatic relations in 1960 building on close historical, cultural, economic and political ties. The current relations are based on a number of agreements, including the Framework Cooperation Agreement signed in 1992 and the Strategic Partnership established in 2007.

Signed on 19/1/2004 the Bilateral Agreement for scientific and technological (S&T) cooperation between the European Community and the Federative Republic of Brazil came into force on 7/8/2007. It was renewed for another five years in 2012. The objective of the agreement is to encourage, develop and facilitate cooperative activities in areas of common interest by carrying out and supporting scientific and technological research and development activities. The Joint Steering Committee is responsible for the management of the agreement and meets, normally, once a year.

The main areas of scientific cooperation are:

  • information and communication technologies (ICT)
  • marine research
  • bio-economy
  • renewable energy
  • health
  • nanotechnologies
  • research infrastructures
  • sustainability and climate change

The cooperation between Brazil and the EU under the EU Research Programmes is intensive. Brazil ranked sixth among the International Partner Countries in terms of participation in FP7, with 171 signed contracts. In Horizon 2020, Brazilian entities are no longer automatically eligible for funding and must, therefore, determine the sources of funding and resources for their part of the project.


Existing co-funding mechanisms in Brazil

Different funding schemes are being set up in different Brazilian states through the existing Research Foundations in each state to fund Brazilian participation in Horizon 2020 collaborative projects.

The first scheme was established by the Research Foundation of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP) in 2015. Following this, the National Council of Research Foundations has led a coordinated effort among the other research foundations in Brazilian States to follow the example of FAPESP.

As a result, co-funding schemes for Brazilian researchers are available in the following states:


Other agreements & arrangements:



  • CEBRABIC (2017-2020)
    Funded under Horizon 2020, CEBRABIC is the Centre for Europe-Brazil Business & Innovation Cooperation, working to enhance cooperation in research, technology and entrepreneurship between Europe and Brazil.
    The Centre provides support services and technology-related services, thanks to an extensive network of regional innovation hubs and external service providers. Focusing on knowledge-intensive sectors, CEBRABIC aims to stimulate collaborative research-to-market projects, to create research and business opportunities for European organisations in the Brazilian market and to prompt the demand for European technology services in Brazil.
  • INCOBRA (2016-2019)
    Increasing International Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation between Brazil and the European Union – INCOBRA is an EU funded aimed at encouraging bilateral cooperation between R&I actors in Brazil (BR) and the European Union (EU), fostering collaboration and implementing activities agreed within the BR-EU Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation. Over 36 months, various activities will take place to identify main trends, help with coordination of funding opportunities, matchmaking of companies and institutions, to network and make alliances, and to support alignment of EU-BR agendas.

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European Commission
DG Research and Innovation
Luis Samaniego & Luciana da Silva Santos
Policy Officers
Unit RTD C2 – North America, Latin America and the Caribbean
Telephone: (+32) 229 56944

Luis Samaniego
Luciana da Silva Santos
Delegation of the European Union to Brazil
Alejandro Zurita Centelles
R&I Counsellor for Brazil
SHIS QI 07, Bloco A, Lago Sul
Brasília, DF. 71615-205, Brazil
Telephone: (+55) 61 2104 31 22
Telephone: (+55) 61 2104 48 52
Fax: (+55) 61 2104 31 41
Alejandro Zurita Centelles

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