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São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)

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In 2009 the UKRI Councils (which were then operating under RCUK), FAPESP, and the Research Council for the State of São Paulo, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to welcome, encourage and support proposals that may cut across our national boundaries and involve international collaborative teams. In recognition of the success of this partnership, the MoU was renewed in December 2015 for a further five years, until 31st December 2020.

The MoU provides for a 'Lead Agency Agreement' whereby the relevant UK Research Council will receive and assess collaborative proposals from eligible institutions on behalf of both organisations. FAPESP nominated experts will be involved with the peer review and decision making processes throughout. For further information see the UKRI/FAPESP Memorandum of Understanding.

Closing Dates

Open - No Deadline

This scheme operates to open deadlines.

Applications under this scheme will be assessed in the same way as a responsive mode grant, with the exception that one review will be sought from a FAPESP nominated reviewer and the final funding decision is subject to approval from both AHRC and FAPESP.

Please note that the assessment process for a Research Grants scheme application (Standard and Early Career routes) takes approximately 30 weeks and the earliest start date for a project should be no earlier than 9 months after submission to the AHRC.

On occasions, there might be a delay in obtaining the peer reviews for an application and this may result in the assessment process taking longer. In such circumstances, the AHRC will contact the applicant to inform them of any delay.

How to make an application

For all routes of the research grants scheme you must submit an application through the cross-council Joint Electronic Submission - (Je-S) System. If you need any assistance to use the system, please contact the JE-S helpdesk on 01793 444164 or on JesHelp@rcuk.ac.uk.

In addition, the following guidelines apply:

AHRC-FAPESP Collaborative Funding Guidelines (PDF)

Further Information

Operation of the RCUK-FAPESP Lead Agency Agreement Guidance on Implementation (on the UK Research and Innovation website)

FAPESP consolidated budget form (ODS) (ODS, 20KB)

FAPESP proposal summary form (ODT) (Word, 106KB)

FAPESP website


UK: enquiries@ahrc.ukri.org

Brazil: ukri-agreement@fapesp.br

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