Projects executed under the auspices of the Norwegian Research Council (NRC) are organized in a series of programs. One of these is the Latin-America Program, where the BNCC member Harald Martinsen recently was elected to the board as a representative of private business. Now, in its latest Thematic Call for new proposals on research and post doctorate studies the Norwegian Research Council is focusing on Brazil. A total of 24 MNOK (USD 4,2M) is available for projects starting up in May 2013. The Call from NRC reflects the increased attention Brazil is getting in Norwegian academic circles.
Lately, we have seen initiatives taken by Brazil to strengthen research and higher education. The program “Science without Borders”, presented on our webpage in March this year – http://www.brazilchamber.no/index.php?paged=4 – provides financing for Brazilian research institutions and post-graduate studies. SINTEF is so far the only Norwegian research institute which may draw on this financing source, but agreements are in the pipeline for Norwegian universities to receive Brazilian students and researchers. For private business, which cannot benefit from the SWB-program, there is the program PETRONOVA which provides financing for innovation projects in the oil & gas industry; an opportunity for Norwegian companies with Brazilian subsidiaries. For more information on this program we recommend contacting INTSOK.
Unique to this Call for 2013 from NRC is that special priority will be given proposals related to Brazil, involving cooperation between Norwegian and Brazilian researchers which will contribute to development and reduction of poverty in Brazil.
The proposals should fit into one of 5 areas of initiative, with economy, industry, business and markets being one of these areas. For details, see:
The attention Brazil these days receive from the international research community is illustrated in the article below. The area called Ihla de Fundão is fast becoming the research hub for Latin-America with more and more large international companies setting up their research centers close to Petrobras’ research center Cenpes and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).