FAPESP announces new fund opportunity with NERC Versão em português

FAPESP announces new fund opportunity with NERC The São Paulo Research Foundation and the Natural Environment Research Council will fund collaborative projects in Earth System Science and Global Environmental Change (photo: NASA/NOAA GOES)

FAPESP and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), from the United Kingdom, announce a new call for proposals to fund collaborative projects between researchers from the State of São Paulo and researchers from UK.

The opportunity is part of an annual call to foster cooperation in “Earth System Science” and “Global Environmental Change” research.

Since 2010, through its International Opportunities Fund (IOF) scheme NERC has provided pump-priming funds to support the development of new long-term international collaborations. An internal analysis of NERC’s portfolio of funded grants in 2017 has shown that UK environmental science is increasingly international and many of the collaborations are bottom-up international partnerships across the full range of NERC funding streams and science remit.   

Reflecting this changing research and funding landscape, NERC has decided to replace the IOF scheme with Global Partnerships Seedcorn Fund. The new scheme will provide better and more flexible support to enable UK researchers to establish sustainable long-term partnerships with international collaborators and help access future funding opportunities. The Global Partnerships Seedcorn Fund enables UK environmental science researchers to develop new international partnerships and networks, which underpin the development of long-term sustainable collaborations.

To FAPESP, proposals must be submitted by principal investigators of ongoing grants within the following funding lines: Regular Research Awards; Thematic Projects; Young Investigators; Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (RIDC); Public Education Research Program; Research in Public Policies; Research Partnership for Technological Innovation (PITE); and Engineering Research Centres (CPE). Co-principal investigators of ongoing Thematic Projects, RIDCs, PITEs or CPEs are also eligible to apply. 

NERC has allocated £1.0M to this call, with a limit per proposal of £100,000 for UK costs, and £30,000 for Sao Paulo costs.

Deadline for applications is 17 May 2018 at 4pm BST, a ‘Notification of Intent’ to apply must be submitted no later than 30 April. 

The call for proposals is available at




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