Academy and FAPESP sign cooperation agreement

(17 Feb 2012)

The Academy of Finland has entered into an agreement on research funding cooperation with the State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). The cooperation agreement was signed on 16 February 2012 in connection with Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen’s meeting with Governor of São Paulo Geraldo Alckmin in São Paulo, Brazil. The agreement was signed by Finland’s Ambassador to Brazil Jari Luoto, on behalf of the Academy of Finland, and by FAPESP President Celso Lafer.

Pictured from left to right: Jari Luoto, Celso Lafer, Jyrki Katainen and Geraldo Alckmin (photo: Cris Castello Branco/Government of the State of São Paulo)

The agreement is the first step in research funding collaboration between the Academy and FAPESP. The collaboration, whose specific research themes will be defined later, is aimed at launching joint calls for research projects and supporting researcher mobility within the funded projects. The Academy and FAPESP also aim to organise joint seminars to promote networking between Finnish and Brazilian researchers.

With an annual budget of some USD 500 million, FAPESP is one of the main funding agencies for scientific and technological research in Brazil. The State of São Paulo is the most advanced of the 27 states of Brazil in terms of economy and industry. São Paulo accounts for 35 per cent of total GDP and about half of all research performed in Brazil (based on the number of scientific publications and doctoral degrees).

Besides FAPESP, the Academy has a cooperation agreement with the Brazilian research funding agency National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). The Academy-CNPq agreement was signed in 2006.

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