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Research Councils UK sign groundbreaking MoU with Brazil

15 September 2009

A pioneering Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today between Research Councils UK (RCUK) and FAPESP, the Research Council for the State of São Paulo, strengthening existing valuable research links between the UK and Brazil. The MoU will enable Brazilian and UK researchers to apply for funding through a single application and peer review process, removing some of the barriers facing international research collaboration.

Professor Ian Diamond, Chair of RCUK and Professor Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, Director of FAPESP, were both in attendance at the signing. Professor Yadvinder Malhi, a UK environmental scientist with a long history of working with Brazilian colleagues presented some of his community’s discoveries and ongoing work.

Secretary of State, Lord Peter Mandelson, commented: "This is further proof that the strong links between the UK and Brazil continue to grow. Cutting-edge research and innovation are very important areas of co-operation in fostering and deepening this vital and mutually beneficial relationship.”

For more information see the RCUK website (see external links).

 

 

CONTACT:

Chloë Somers, Press Officer, Research Councils UK

tel: 01793 444592