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Halmstad University’s already established research collaboration in Brazil will now become even stronger. On November 12th, the University signed a collaboration agreement with The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) – a large research funding agency in the state of São Paulo.
– The purpose of the agreement is to both promote and facilitate the collaboration between researchers at Halmstad University and researchers linked to the teaching and research institutes in the state of São Paulo, says Professor Thorsteinn Rögnvaldsson, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Halmstad University who led the University’s delegation that recently went to Brazil.
FAPESP is a tax-financed research foundation whose purpose is to support research in all fields. The organisation offers several programmes targeted at international researchers; having international collaborations with e.g. the UK, France, Germany and the United States of America.
The collaboration agreement is a memorandum of understanding which, among other things, implies that Halmstad University researchers now have the opportunity – together with researchers in the state of São Paulo – to apply for financing from FAPESP in connection with collaboration projects.
Professor Brito Cruz, the foundation’s research manager, believes that collaborations of this kind are important:
– The agreement with FAPESP allows us not only to generate interaction between researchers, but also to help them to achieve qualified research results, says Brito Cruz.
Halmstad University is the third Swedish university that has signed collaboration agreements with FAPESP. Universities in both Lund and Uppsala have similar agreements.
– The fact that FAPESP, who are internationally respected, choose to collaborate with Halmstad University is wonderful. It shows that our research is of a high international level, says Thorsteinn Rögnvaldsson.
Halmstad University already has ties in Brazil – notably through the scholarship programme Science without Borders. In São Paulo, Halmstad University has collaboration with both the University of São Paulo (USP) and Centro Universitário da FEI. The signing of the agreement with FAPESP is a very important part of Halmstad University’s strategic developments in Brazil.
Footnote: The Swedish delegation also included Alessandra Padilha: Research Coordinator and Legal Counsel at the Chancellery at Halmstad University.
Text: JOACHIM BRINK
Images: LEANDRO NEGRO/AGÊNCIA FAPESP
"The purpose of the agreement is to both promote and facilitate the collaboration between researchers at Halmstad University and researchers linked to the teaching and research institutes in the state of São Paulo."
Thorsteinn Rögnvaldsson, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Halmstad University
São Paulo: strong in research
São Paulo is Brazil’s most industrialised state and a major contributor regarding the country’s research. As many as 45 million people – one fifth of the entire Brazilian population – live in the state. A third of the country’s researchers are to be found in the state, and more than half of the country’s scientific articles in international journals originate from the area.