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Expanding research collaborations with Brazilian partners

Research collaborations with Brazil information sessionOhio State faculty and staff learned about the numerous programs and funding resources available to facilitate and support collaborative research projects with Brazil during an information session on April 13. Hosted by the Office of Research and the Office of International Affairs, the session brought together more than 100 colleagues from all parts of the university who have an interest in developing or expanding research with Brazilian partners.

William Brustein, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs, shared how Ohio State has been strategically engaged in Brazil for more than 50 years. Since 1964, Ohio State has maintained research and teaching collaborations with the University of São Paulo’s Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (ESALQ/USP) in Piracicaba and currently the university boasts more than 20 active faculty collaborations, six study abroad programs and two student exchange programs. Brustein also explained the role of the Brazil Gateway and how the office supports faculty and students looking to research and study with Brazilian partners.

Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research, and Robert McKenney, assistant vice president, research administration, shared information about the upcoming Request for Proposals to support research projects involving the exchange of researchers between the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and The Ohio State University. This phase of the collaboration with FAPESP builds upon the 24 proposals funded in 2013 and will feature increased project funding. The Office of Research will be accepting qualified proposals soon, questions can be directed to mckenney.1@osu.edu.

Luke Barbara, director of the Brazil Gateway, outlined the many funding opportunities and resources available to researchers looking to collaborate in Brazil. He detailed the following opportunities: Research Internships Abroad (BEPE), Visiting Researcher Program (VRP), Research Fellowships Abroad (BPE), Brazilian Science Mobility Program (BSMP) and available tools for identifying collaborators.

Ohio State faculty and students are encouraged to contact Luke Barbara for more information about partnerships and study opportunities in Brazil or if you are traveling to the region and would like the Brazil Gateway to facilitate in-country activities.