Funding Resources for São Paulo Researchers
This page is designed as a resource for researchers from São Paulo. Here you can find the different funding agencies pages where calls will be published. Also on this page are opportunities for mobility funding, both incoming and outgoing, funding for training young researchers, and fellowship and scholarship opportunities for PhD students from São Paulo who want to study in the other RLS regions.
Multilateral Funding for International Projects
B-BICE + | European Union and Brazil
According to the European Commission, Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. EU member states are automatically eligible to compete for funding.
Non-EU RLS partners can participate in Horizon 2020 either by providing a unique competence that cannot be found in the EU, or through bilateral agreements between their home countries and the European Union. Every RLS member state has these types of agreements. In Brazil, this agreement is called B-BICE+.
B.BICE+ is an International Cooperation (INCO) project funded by the European Commission whose aim is to enhance bilateral cooperation and to support political dialogue in Science, Technology and Innovation among the European Commission, EU Member States, Associated Countries and Brazil.
Visit the B-BICE+ website.
Bilateral Funding for International Projects
Funding for Joint Workshops | German Research Foundation (DFG) and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)
(Please note this call is now closed)
Value: dependant on proposal, please see below
In order to enhance the collaboration between researchers in Germany and in the state of São Paulo, the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) jointly launch a call for German-Brazilian workshops. The purpose of this call is to seed collaborative activity between scientists that may lead to the development of new bilateral research projects.
Joint Brazilian-German proposals for workshops can be submitted to DFG and FAPESP until 24th February 2017.
German applicants shall submit their proposals within the programme Initiation of International Collaboration of DFG. Scientists from the state of São Paulo shall apply for specific funding considering the FAPESP programme Organisation of Scientific Meeting (“Auxílio à Pesquisa – Organização de Reunião Científica”). The scientific and organisational content of the proposal shall be identical on both sides.
Funds will be provided for travel and per diem for the scientists involved as well as for additional costs for the organisation of the workshops according to the guidelines and criteria of both organisations. Upon positive evaluation, funding of two workshops will be provided for one year from the time of grant approval, which is planned for July 2017.
Find the call here.
Find further information here.
Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) | National Science Foundation and FAPESP
(Please note this call is now closed, but reopens annually in Winter)
Value: FAPESP funding dependant on proposal, for Georgia researchers average value has been $4 million USD, over five years
Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community.
Open to all areas of science and engineering research which are supported by the NSF, including engineering.
PIRE projects may vary in size and exhibit diverse forms of organization, collaboration, and operation suited to their individual needs. PIRE projects must include collaboration with foreign research partners and international research experiences for students to promote a diverse internationally competitive science and engineering workforce.
There is a partnership agreement with each of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) of Germany, with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of China, and with São Paulo's FAPESP.
Unilateral Funding for International Projects
Thematic Projects | FAPESP
Ongoing call: submissions preferred 12 months in advance with 120 days as the minimum
Value: Dependent upon the needs of the project
This program aims to support proposals with themes at the frontier of S&T that justify the need for the duration of the project, of up to five years. In a Thematic Project there are usually many researchers involved, in order to obtain scientific or technological results of high impact. It is expected that the project demonstrates: 1) intention to achieve a large set of results about a research theme or other subjects of affinity; 2) definition and relevance of the objectives; 3) comprehensiveness and boldness of goals; 4) in case the project is organized in subprojects, the synergy between them; 5) originality and importance of the intended contribution to the field of knowledge in which the proposed project falls; 6) scientific reasoning and methods used; 7) adequation of the requested budget; 8) potential for attracting postdoctors, visiting researchers, students of scientific initiation and of postgraduation courses.
There is no restriction on the participation of foreign researchers or institutions from Europe, as partner of the project, if the applicant and executing institution fills the necessary requirements.
The applicant must be resident in Brazil, have a PhD or equivalent qualification, have formal bond with a reaserch institution of the Sao Paulo state (Brazil), have expressive scientific or technologic production and proved experience in the chosen subject of the project. The candidate may enroll as: responsable researcher, main researcher and associate researcher. Also, the home institution participant must be headquartered in Brazil, and be the institution in which the responsable researcher works or is related to in other ways. There is no restriction on the participation of foreign researchers or institutions from Europe, as partner of the project, if the applicant and executing institution fills the above mentioned requirements.
Program Website. (Português)
Regular Research Support | FAPESP
Value: up to 200 000 R, funding duration is two years
The Research Support - Regular program provides funding for individual research projects to be developed under the responsibility of a Principal Investigator with equivalent doctoral degree or qualification evaluated by its curriculum scoresheet linked to higher education and research entities, public or private, in State of São Paulo.
Program website. (Português)
Partnerships for Technological Innovation (PITE) | FAPESP
Call ongoing: Applications should be received 120 or more in advance of the proposed start date
Value: funding project dependent and available for no longer than five years, please see information below
PITE is intended to finance Technological Innovation projects in the productive sector, developed in partnership with research and development institutions in the State of São Paulo and businesses located in Brazil and abroad.
Technological Innovation projects are those which are considered to involve scientific and technical knowledge with the objective of developing a product, process, system or service in which there is entrepreneurial or social interest.
The part of the project under the responsibility of the research institution will be financed with no expectation of any return. It will be up to partnering businesses to match-fund either from their own or third-party resources. There is no restriction on the participation of foreign researchers or institutions from Europe, as partners of the project, insofar as the applicant and executing institution fulfill the above necessary requirements. However, European researchers cannot receive funds from FAPESP, and so must contribute their own.
The expenses depend on the type of project, in PITE 1 FAPESP may finance until 20% of the project. In PITE 2 FAPESP may finance up to 50% of the project and in PITE 3 FAPESP may pay up to 70% of the project; the remaining fund must be paid by the partner company of the proposal.
Program website. (Português)
Innovative Research in Small Business (PIPE) | FAPESP
Open Call - Next Deadline: 29 January, 2018
Value: project dependent, please see information below
This program finances research projects inside the Innovative Research Program in Small Business (PIPE) which aim to improve the development of research inside small companies. The goals of the project are: 1) support scientific and technological research as a tool to promote technological innovation, promote enterprise development and enhance competitiveness of micro and small enterprises; 2) create conditions to increase the contribution of research to the economic and social development; 3) induce the increase of private investment in technological research; 4) enable small businesses to join researchers from the academic environment in research projects aimed at technological innovation; 5) contribute to the formation and development of technology development nucleus in small firms and for placement of researchers in the labor market.
There is no restriction on the participation of foreign researchers or institutions from Europe, as partners of the project, if the applicant and executing institution fulfils the necessary requirements. However, they must provide their own funding.
The financial amount depends on the project.
Program website. (Português)
Incoming Mobility Funding
Bringing RLS-Sciences counterparts to São Paulo
Visiting Researcher Program | FAPESP
Value: for visits less than 30 days, please see this table; for visits longer than 30 days, please see this table
The Visiting Researcher Program offers full or partial support for the hosting of experienced investigators, associated with foreign research institutions, who will work in a research institution in the State of São Paulo for a period from 2 weeks to a maximum (non-extendable) period of 12 months. The visiting researcher must hold PhD degree and have an outstanding record of scientific accomplishments.
This Program aims to promote collaboration between investigators in the State of São Paulo and their colleagues abroad for the development of ongoing research projects or for assisting the launching of new collaborations. Funds cannot be used for the development of a research project, but joint research efforts conducted by the Visiting Researcher and their host may enhance a proposal.
When the duration of the visit is less than 1 month, the maintenance will be supported in the form of per diem payments for the visitor to the threshold value of the monthly maintenance defined by FAPESP based on the visitor's curriculum. The aid does not include the payment of management fees. When the duration of the visit is more than 30 days, the monthly maintenance for the visitor will be supported in the form of aid Visiting Researcher with value defined by FAPESP based on the visitor's curriculum and other characteristics of the submitted proposal.
Visit the webpage here. (Português)
Bringing RLS-Sciences students to São Paulo
Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) | National Research Foundation (USA) and FWF (Austria) and CAPES (Brazil)
(Please note this call is now closed)
Value: $5000 USD, for four to twelve months
Note: this opportunity is for students from Georgia to go to either Upper Austria or São Paulo
GROW provides NSF Graduate Research Fellows (referred to as "Fellows") with opportunities to engage in international collaborations with investigators in partner countries around the world. Through GROW, Fellows benefit from partnerships developed by NSF with counterpart funding organizations in other countries, including FWF in Austria and CAPES in Brazil.
Eligibility: GROW is open to active Fellows (both "on tenure" and "on reserve") who have completed at least one year of their graduate program at the time of application and will retain their active status for at least 12 months following the application submission deadline. They must be certified by the GRFP Institution to be making satisfactory progress towards their degrees and have fulfilled all GRFP reporting requirements.
General Program website.
Program website (Austria specific)
Program website (Brazil specific)
Outgoing Mobility Funding
Sending students to RLS-Sciences colleagues outside of São Paulo
Québec-Brazil Merit scholarship program for foreign students (PBEEE) | Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT)
(Please note this call is now closed)
Value: dependent on program stream- please see below.
The objective of the Merit Scholarship Programs for Foreign Students (PBEEE) is to support the internationalization of research activities in Québec's institutions of higher education, to attract the best foreign researchers and students, and to promote Québec universities and College Centers for the Transfer of Technologies (CCTT), abroad. Candidates must be preselected by a university, the Réseau Trans-Tech (a CCTT), TERI University, the SER or CONACYT. There are three streams within the program: Doctoral research, post-doctoral research, or Short-term research or professional development. Universities can recommend four candidates per year for each of these three components. There are no quotas per country. The Réseau Trans-tech can recommend four candidates for Postdoctoral scholarships and Short-term research or professional development scholarships.
Doctoral research component
Candidates are eligible for doctoral merit program scholarships from MEESR in the first nine sessions of their doctoral studies. All doctoral sessions, funded or unfunded, completed before the scholarship takes effect, are used in calculating the eligibility period.
The maximum duration of the scholarship is three years (nine sessions), with a possible extension of up to 12 months, for up to $25,000 (Canadian) per year.
Postdoctoral scholarships are intended for researchers who have obtained their degree no more than two years before the deadline of the competition or who submitted their dissertation by the deadline for the beginning of scholarship use. Postdoctoral research must be conducted in an institution other than the one that granted the Doctorate. The applicant's doctoral supervisors and co-supervisors may not act as his/her postdoctoral supervisor, even if they have changed institutions.
The duration of this scholarship is for up to one year, for $35,000 (Canadian). This scholarship is not renewable.
Short-term research or professional development component
Short-term research or professional development scholarships are intended for technical and university students (option A) or researchers who have completed a doctorate no more than five years before the deadline for the competition (option B). The research or professional development must be conducted in an institution other than the one at which the student was enrolled when he or she applied.
The duration of this scholarship is for up to four months, for $3,000 (Canadian) per month. The scholarship is not renewable.
Visit the programme website here.