4 December 2019 at 9:00 am
Education New Zealand calls for applications to NZ-Brazil research fund
A new research fund has been set up to enable established New Zealand university academics to collaborate with Brazilian researchers.
ENZ and Brazil’s São Paulo Research Foundation are equally contributing to the NZD $200,000 fund.
Researchers from any field of knowledge are eligible to apply. The first year of the agreement will act as a pilot.
Successful applicants will develop and conduct their projects in partnership with Brazilian researchers. Researchers will also be funded to travel between countries to undertake their project.
This announcement builds on an agreement with Universities New Zealand (UNZ) in November 2016. UNZ Chief Executive Chris Whelan welcomes the initiative:
“This is a great opportunity for New Zealand PhD students and academics – and for their Brazilian counterparts – to identify areas of mutual interest to progress research collaborations for the benefit of both countries,” he says. “This agreement builds on years of relationship-building to enhance cooperation, enable academic mobility and encourage the exchange of knowledge between participating higher education institutions.”
ENZ Chief Executive Grant McPherson says the funding collaboration will create opportunities for New Zealand researchers that did not exist before.
“South America is a key market for New Zealand – particularly in relation to outbound academic mobility. This new funding collaboration showcases ENZ's commitment to creating new pathways for New Zealand institutions with South America."
The panel of judges responsible for allocating the funding will be made up of representatives from across New Zealand government including the MFAT and MBIE.
Applications for funding are open now and close on 27 January 2020.