Launched under the Newton fund, there is an open funding call to build sustainable collaborations between the UK and Brazil. Funds can be used for travel, subsistence and other networking or collaborative activities, such as workshops, summer schools and exchanges (in either direction: from and to the UK). This is an exciting development in UK relations with Brazil as it is with CONFAP – the umbrella organisation for 26 state funding agencies and therefore broader than current engagement with FAPESP.
Applications to this call must meet UK Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) aims; this means applications must specifically address poverty alleviation or development issues. The call has several highlighted areas but the call is open across all research disciplines for any proposal that makes the case that it meets ODA requirements. (As with lots of international things, remember science = all research disciplines). The most obvious area of interest for arts and humanities researchers is in the highlighted area of ‘urban transformations’ but we anticipate those working on conflict also have the potential to make a case.
Projects are funded for up to £50K on the UK side with expected match funding from the Brazilian researchers (this will be funded by the Brazilian funding agencies) and are for 12 months duration. Deadline for applications is 17th October 2014.Information on this funding opportunity (and all future calls) is available on the RCUK website . The Newton fund has £375 Million of funding over 5 years and involves the following countries – China, India, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Turkey, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Egypt and Kazakhstan. Further information on activities under Newton Fund can be found on the BIS website.