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1 International Collaborations Building links with Brazil: A personal perspective Rhian M Touyz MD, PhD Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, BHF GCRC, Univ of Glasgow Internationalization Workshop, Univ of Glasgow, March 2012

2 Summary Introduction to Brazilian Scientific Community. Brazilian contacts – an expanding network. International opportunities for Brazilian students and scientists. Mechanisms for partnering: - students - researchers

3 RT 8 month PhD student (Sandwich program) in 2003 2003 – beginning of my Brazilian partnership

4 Belo Horizonte Ribeiro Preto Rio Prof. RT Brazilian collaborations: an expanding network. Stud 1 Stud 2Stud 3Stud 4Stud 5Stud 6Stud 7Stud 8 Stud 9 Remained in Canada

5 195 million People >3 million University students

6 Universities in Brazil Public and private Public- higher quality, 100% - government funded University education is free, highly competitive. 127 public and private universities and growing. >3 million university students; 65% graduate.

7 Academia and research: Strengths and weaknesses Strengths; - higher education is free (merit). - high quality teaching Weaknesses - resources for research - resources for graduate and post graduate students - Positions in academia and research

8 NUMBER of PhD/Year 547 720 1005 1750 2050 2950 4000 5700 6894 10616 81828384858687888990919293949596979899000102030405 0.42 0.49 0.48 0.62 0.72 0.80 0.95 1.30 1.51 1.80 818283848586878889909192939495969798990001020304 PERCENTAGE OF WORLD PUBLICATIONS

9 SECTORAL FUNDS One of the most creative recent ideas is that of : National sectoral funds in which a percentage of corporate taxes are targeted to funding high quality indigenous Research and Development - R&D in sectors of strategic importance for the country (agriculture, biotechnology, energy and oil, health, informatics, telecommunications and others). Close interaction of the academic community, industry and government is forged in creating, setting priorities and managing the Funds, under the umbrella of the Science and Technology Ministry. InterAcademy Council

10 1. CNPq is a Federal agency 2. FAPESP supports only salaries/projects from the State of Sao Paulo Major funding agencies

11 Brazil promises 75,000 scholarships in science and technology. 3-billion-real investment aims to support students at home and abroad. More than 34,000 scholarships will go to students in doctorate programmes. Aid will be also provided for researchers in postdoctoral positions, six-month internships and training for international companies. Just over one-third of the scholarships will be awarded to undergraduates undertaking one-year study-abroad programmes. The government also hopes to attract foreign scientists to Brazil, offering 390 three-year grants to visiting researchers 2011 announcement: Opportunities for internationalization

12 CNPq = Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) CNPq is an organization of the Brazilian federal government under the Ministry of Science and Technology, dedicated to the promotion of scientific and technological research and to the formation of human resources for research in the country.

13 Open Call for Proposals: 2012 PhD fellowships for Germany (República Federal da Alemanha 2012/2013) DAAD - CAPES – CNPq Deadline: 26/01/2012 a 15/03/2012 CNPq/GSK Nº 01/2012 CNPq/GSK Nº 01/2012 GlaxoSmithKline, UK, USA, Spain. ( Deadline: 18/01/2012 a 02/03/2012 Chamada de Projetos MEC/MCTI/Capes/CNPq/Faps Nº 61/2011 Programa Ciência sem Fronteiras – Bolsas no País Modalidade Pesquisador Visitante Especial Aim: Support for scientific projects (via exchange of researchers) Deadline: 21/12/2011 a 15/02/2012 Chamada de Projetos MEC/MCTI/Capes/CNPq/Faps Nº 60/2011 Aim: Support for scientific projects (via exchange of young investigators) Deadline: 21/12/2011 a 15/02/2012 Chamada de Projetos CNPq/Structural Genomics Consortium-SGC N º 29/2011 - Programa Ciência sem Fronteiras Aim: To select candidates that would like to develop part of their PhD thesis at the University of Toronto (Canadá) e Oxford (UK). Deadline: 19/12/2011 a 06/02/2012

14 FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation = Fundacao de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de Sao Paulo) is one of Brazils major funding agencies for scientific research. Its mission is to foster scientific research in all fields of knowledge by awarding scholarships, fellowships and grants to investigators linked with higher education and research institutions in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Over its 50 years, FAPESP has granted 105,000 scholarships and fellowships and provided financial aid to 92,000 individual and thematic research projects. The foundation fosters research in areas considered strategic for the country, and at the same time crucial for the advance of science at home and abroad. In addition to the projects financed exclusively by FAPESP, the foundation maintains cooperation agreements with national and international research funding bodies, with leading institutions of higher education and research, and with private companies. FAPESP resources are guaranteed by the state constitution through allocation of one percent of the state tax revenue. The foundation has complete administrative and financial autonomy.

15 Investment in scientific research in 2010, FAPESPs expenditures were around US$ 500 million to support scientific research in São Paulo State. It will invest some US$ 556 million in 2011. One third of the foundations annual outlays are earmarked for scholarships and fellowships, more than 50% for academic research (mostly fundamental) and 10% in research for application in small companies or in partnerships formed between universities and industry as well as research for application in public policy.

16 Support for academic research is provided by means of Regular Research Awards, submitted by individual researchers, and Thematic Project Awards, which are longer in duration and are submitted by individual researchers or groups. FAPESP also maintains a special academic research support program, the Young Investigators Awards. This program aims to create new research groups led by highly promising early-career scientists in any field of knowledge and from any country. There are also programs for the improvement of research infrastructure inside institutions. Support for research aimed at applications is given by means of programs focused in areas and topics considered strategic for Brazil: biodiversity, bioenergy, global climate change, brain research, public policy, research for technological innovation in partnerships between academia and industry and research in small businesses.

17 At the moment, Grant Proposals are being accepted by FAPESP via the following agreements BIOTA-Dimensions of Biodiversity BIOTA-Dimensions of Biodiversity Deadline: 28/03/2012 Grants for collaborative research between the programs BIOTA-FAPESP andDimensions of Biodiversity (National Science Foundation, USA) FAPESP-Universidade de Surrey FAPESP-Universidade de Surrey Deadline: 26/03/2012 Exchange of researchers from São Paulo State and United Kingdom. Apoio: FAPESP e Universidade de Surrey FAPESP-BBSRC FAPESP-BBSRC Deadline: there is no deadline The aim is to support collaborative research between groups from São Paulo State (financial support by FAPESP) and those supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, UK.

18 FAPESP and Columbia University Support: FAPESP, Universidade Columbia, Fulbright e Capes FAPESP-Universidade de SurreyFAPESP-Universidade de Surrey (texto em inglês) Support: FAPESP e Universidade de Surrey (Reino Unido) FAPESP-CONICET FAPESP-CONICET (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de La República Argentina da Argentina). Support: FAPESP e CONICET FAPESP-CNRSFAPESP-CNRS (France) Support: FAPESP e Centro Nacional de Pesquisa Científica (CNRS), da França FAPESP-BRASKEM/IDEOM FAPESP-BRASKEM/IDEOM Chamada FAPESP 11/2010 Support: FAPESP e Braskem FAPESP-AUF FAPESP-AUF Support: FAPESP e Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (Canadá) FAPESP-Inserm Support: FAPESP e Instituto Nacional de Saúde e da Pesquisa Médica (France) FAPESP-Inserm FAPESP-MIT FAPESP-MIT Support: FAPESP e MIT FAPESP-Kings College London FAPESP-Kings College London Support: FAPESP e Kings College London


20 Belo Horizonte Ribeiro Preto Rio Prof RT Brazilian collaborations: an expanding network and a very rewarding personal experience. 21 publications Brazil:Canada grant

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