The Academy of Finland has signed agreements on bilateral cooperation with research funding agencies in Brazil and Chile.
The Academy has two funding partners in Brazil. The agreement with the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) was signed in 2008. In 2012, the Academy also entered into an agreement on cooperation with the State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). Both of these agreements are aimed at mutually beneficial research funding cooperation of a high standard. Another aim is to support long-term systematic research collaboration between research teams from Brazil and Finland and to promote researcher mobility.
The Academy’s agreement with the Chilean funding agency National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) was signed in 2007. The aim is to support Finnish-Chilean research collaboration by arranging calls for joint projects and joint research programmes in mutually agreed areas.
The Academy does not have dedicated mobility agreements with Latin America. Instead, researcher mobility is promoted within the funded joint projects. The Academy does, however, promote the use of the Brazilian Government’s Science without Borders scholarship programme. Under the programme, Brazilian university students and researchers are sent abroad for a fixed term. In Finland, the Academy of Finland is the agency responsible for researcher mobility within the programme. For more information, see the website Study in Finland.
The Academy has organised the following joint calls with Brazil:
- 2008: Academy-CNPq call within the Academy’s Sustainable Energy research programme (SusEn); funding awarded to four three-year projects; Academy funding some 2 million euros
- 2009: Academy-CNPq call within the Academy’s research programme Photonics and Modern Imagining Techniques; funding awarded to four three-year projects; Academy funding some 1.7 million euros
- 2012: Academy-CNPq call within the SusEn research programme; funding awarded to eight four-year projects; Academy funding some 3.3 million euros
- 2013: Academy-FAPESP call in biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources; funding awarded to five four-year projects; Academy funding some 3 million euros
- 2014: Academy-FAPESP call in materials science in electronics, photonics and telecommunications
The Academy has organised the following joint calls with CONICYT, Chile:
- 2007: call within the SusEn research programme; funding awarded to four projects; Academy funding some 1 million euros
- 2009: call in education research; funding awarded to four projects; Academy funding some 1.8 million euros
- 2012: call within the SusEn research programme; funding awarded to five projects; Academy funding some 2 million euros
- 2015: call within the MISU Academy Programme; Academy funding some 300,000 euros (1 project)
- 2015: Joint call, New Learning Environments and Technologies; Academy funding some 1 million euros
Cooperation between the EU and Latin America
The Academy of Finland also participates in the Network of the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean Countries on Joint Innovation and Research Activities (ERANet-LAC), which is a project funded under the EU Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, also known as FP7. The project aims to strengthen collaboration in science, technology and innovation between the participating countries by, for instance, creating collaborative intercontinental networks between funding agencies and implementing two joint calls.
The thematic areas covered by ERANet-LAC follow the agreement laid out in the JIRI process (Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation), which was endorsed in an EU-LAC summit held in Madrid in 2010. The themes are bioeconomy and food safety, ICT, biodiversity, climate change and energy. ERANet-LAC includes 17 participating organisations from Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, such as the Academy of Finland’s funding partners CNPq (Brazil) and CONICYT (Chile). The ERANet-LAC project was launched in October 2013 and ended in December 2017. Its total funding from the EU amounted to 2.5 million euros. The project continues as the EU-CELAC Platform.
The Academy also participated in the FP7-funded project Trans-Atlantic Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities (T-AP). The project was an extensive collaboration between key humanities and social science funders from South America, North America and Europe. T-AP was launched in October 2013 and ran until September 2016. Its total funding from the EU amounted to 1.5 million euros. The project has continued even after the end of EU funding.
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