New opportunities for Brazilian researchers to join ERC teams
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.
Commission signs Atlantic Ocean Research Cooperation declaration with Brazil and announces a coordinated call on biofuels
The European Commission and the Brazilian government signed joint declaration for Atlantic Ocean Research to enhance marine cooperation between Europe and Brazil. The agreement follows the celebration of the EU-Brazil high level conference which aims to develop common expertise and scientific knowledge on the Atlantic Ocean and its dynamic systems, provide a new momentum for enhancing marine cooperation between Brazil and Europe and discuss how to further engage in joint research projects and improve reciprocal access to infrastructures.
During his first official mission to Brazil Commissioner Moedas has also launched a coordinated call on bio-fuels together with FAPESP (the Research Funding Agency of the State of São Paulo),CONFAP (the Council of State Foundations for Research) and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. In addition, an open call organised by FAPESP has also been announced; this call will allow funding the participation of researchers from the State of São Paulo in projects successfully selected by Horizon 2020 –the EU's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation–.
While in São Paulo, Commissioner Moedas participated yesterday in the first Destination Europe event organised in Latin America, which has presented the opportunities offered by the EU and its Member States to Brazilian researchers for carrying out research in Europe.
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
- renewable energy
- 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:
- Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo - FAPESP
- Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa e Inovação do Estado de Santa Catarina- FAPESC
- Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Goiás - FAPEG
- Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais - FAPEMIG
- Fundação de amparo à Pesquisa do Distrito Federal - FAPDF
- Fundação Araucária de Apoio ao Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico do Estado do Paraná - FAPPR
- Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa e Inovação de Espírito Santo
- Fundação de Apoio ao desenvolvimento do Ensino, Ciência e Tecnologia do Estado de Mato Grosso do Sul - FUNDECT
- Conselho Nacional das Fundações Estaduais de Amparo à Pesquisa - CONFAP
Other agreements & arrangements:
- Signed on 13/10/2016, the Implementing arrangement between the European Commission and the Brazilian National Council of State Funding Agencies – CONFAP allows for Brazilian scientists to join research teams funded by the European Research Council (ERC). Brazilian researchers will be able to undertake short or long term research visits, in Europe, and collaborate with ERC-funded teams, working across Europe. 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) are eligible to take part in this exchange.
- Signed on 27/11/2009, the Agreement for cooperation (CA) between the European Atomic Energy Community and the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil in the field of fusion energy research entered into force in January 2013. The CA constitutes the appropriate framework to encompass and promote further collaborative activities and projects and its main objective is to intensify cooperation between the Parties in the areas covered by their respective fusion programs, on the basis of mutual benefit and overall reciprocity, in order to advance in developing fusion energy as future sustainable energy source.
- Signed on 24/1/2013 in Brasilia, the Cooperation Arrangement between the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) intends to strengthen and further structure scientific and other cooperative activities in the areas of disaster prevention and crisis management; climate change and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystem services; energy, including bioenergy and smart grids; food security; bio-economy; information and communication technologies (ICT), as well as nanotechnologies.
- DG Education and Culture and CAPES (Coordination for Improvement of High Level Education - linked to the Ministry of Education of Brazil) are responsible for the policy dialogue on education. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Commission was signed in July 2007, focusing on academic exchanges, the creation of an Institute of European Studies, and policy dialogue. A Joint Declaration on Education and Training was signed on May 2009.
- 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.
DG Research and Innovation
Luis Samaniego & Luciana da Silva Santos
Unit RTD C2 – North America, Latin America and the Caribbean
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Luciana da Silva Santos