With the objective of stimulating the international cooperation between Brazil and Switzerland, the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) releases its first edict of 2011.
According to the Ministry of Science and Technology, around R$ 3 millions will be invested to support the execution of joint projects of Research, Development and Innovation, by the CNPq and the Secretariat of State for Education and Research of Switzerland (SER), with the Polytechnic Federal School of Lausanne (EPFL).
The initiative is a part of the Plan of Action Brazil-Switzerland 2009-2011, secured by the two countries in October of 2009.
The projects will include to the following themes of interest: Energy and Environment, with focus in “renewable energies”; Health and Environment, with focus in “neglected diseases” and “feeding and functional nutrition”.
Each proposal will be allowed to request the maximum value of R$ 350,000 for the financing of the international mobility, scholarships for postdoctoral research and “sandwich-doctorate” (doctoral program that is partially conducted in other Brazilian or foreign institution) and other costings, with term of validity of the project in even 24 months.
The researcher interested in participating of the Edict must have doctor´s title, have the curriculum registered in the Lattes Platform, experience in projects of international cooperation and qualification equivalent to that of “Category I” researcher of the CNPq, be Brazilian or foreigner with permanent visa, be resident in Brazil and, still, have formal bond with the institution of execution of the project.
The proposals must be directed to the CNPq exclusively via Internet, through the Online Form of Proposals, available in the Carlos Chagas Platform (http://carloschagas.cnpq.br/), up to April 15. The employment of the approved proposals will be made from August 1 of 2011.
The full text of the Edict can be read in here: http://www.cnpq.br / edict / ct / 2011/001.htm