During a University of Michigan delegation visit to Brazil in September 2012, then President, Mary Sue Coleman, signed collaboration agreements with the University of Sao Paulo (USP) Medical School and the State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). USP is the country's largest institution of higher education and FAPESP is one of the main funding agencies in Brazil. The new agreements aim to stimulate collaboration between U-M researchers and researchers throughout higher education and research institutions in São Paulo state, Brazil.
One of the early initiatives of this collaboration is a small grant call for scientific proposals for researchers in the disciplines of medicine, the health sciences, humanities, social sciences, the arts, natural resources, and the environment.
The 2016 University of Michigan-FAPESP Grants Program will provide grants for research projects involving collaboration between U-M faculty and counterparts at universities and research institutions in the State of São Paulo in Brazil. This grants program aims to enable the researchers to learn about one another¹s research in areas of common interest and thereafter to develop funding proposals for larger, more ambitious and ongoing collaborative projects.
- October 27, 2015: Call released
- February 1, 2016: Proposals due to the University of Michigan Office of Research and Office of the Provost
- April 2016: Notice of selection will be announced