Bilateral research cooperation Brazil (State of São Paulo)


The FWO is keen on promoting international collaboration as a driving force for excellence. That is why the FWO signs bilateral agreements with a number of countries for the funding of joint research projects. These projects go further than the traditional exchange projects, because personnel and consumables can also be financed.

One of the selected countries is Brazil (State of São Paulo). In March 2018 the FWO has signed an agreement with the São Paulo Science Foundation (FAPESP) on the funding of new research projects in fundamental research in all scientific domains.

Attention: in Brazil only researchers are considered who are affiliated to a for FAPESP eligible research organization in the state of São Paulo.


  • Joint research project with Brazilian (Sate of São Paulo) partner(s)
  • Fundamental research in all scientific domains
  • Duration of the project: 3 years
  • Personnel costs and consumables applied for at FWO: minimally € 45,000 and maximally € 75,000 per year per project
  • Additional equipment/matching funding applied for at FWO: maximally € 150,000
  • Call closed
  • Announcement of results: November-December 2018
  • Start of project: 1 January 2019

Profile and conditions

  • The collaboration with partners from Brazil (State of São Paulo) will have an added value for the project.
  • As a team of researchers you need funding for consumables, equipment and staff.
  • Your research will be carried out under the supervision of an applicable Flemish host institution (see article 3 regulations research project).
  • Your research project will be carried out under the direction of a supervisor, possibly in collaboration with one or more co-supervisors (see article 9 regulations research project).
  • In the framework of this call with FAPESP, you can only act once as a principal investigator (supervisor) or co-investigator (co-supervisor).
  • All material acquired thanks to an operation or equipment grant from the FWO, shall become property of the host institution.
  • The host institution is employer of the staff remunerated in research projects.
  • No remuneration or accumulation of a remuneration is allowed for (co-)supervisors in connection with a research project.
  • Applications in the framework of this cooperation are not part of the regular project competition and:
    • do not count toward the calculation of the maximum number of projects per application round for which you may act as (co-)supervisor;
    • are not taken into account for the maximum of two projects applied for and ongoing on the start date of the newly allocated project;
    • supervisor-spokesmen, who were awarded a project, do not need to skip an application round before being able to submit an application.
  • You agree with the Research Integrity Clause.


  • Your joint application is submitted simultaneously at FWO (by using the online application form in the FWO e-portal) and at FAPESP, according to their respective modalities.
  • Each supervisor and co-supervisor of both the Flemish and Brazilian (State of São Paulo) research team must have an online profile including an updated list of publications on the FWO E-portal.
  • You propose 10 external referees in your application (in order to see who is eligible, please consult the regulations). Please be aware that the proposed international referees cannot be appointed to a Belgian university, research institute or other organization. Moreover, the proposed international referees cannot be appointed to similar institutions and organizations in Brazil. Please note that there also cannot be a Conflict of Interest (CoI) with the Brazilian partner(s).
  • Your application is presented to a number of these referees for evaluation.
  • A joint selection committee comprising of experts designated by FWO and FAPESP makes a final ranking.
  • The selection committee reports to the Board of Trustees of FWO and FAPESP. The Board of Trustees makes a decision on your award.
  • Afterwards you will receive feedback on this decision.

Regulations and downloads

  • General regulations
    These general regulations are applicable for every funding of FWO
  • Regulations for Research projects
    These regulations contain all conditions to apply for an FWO Research Project
  • Be aware: For any travel towards a higher-risk destination, the FWO (travel) grant can only be used in case of a positive advice of the concerned host institution. Please make sure to request this advice at the responsible advisory body of your host institution.