Agreement signed with Brazilian State Research Foundations

Today the Department signed a significant Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Brazil's National Council of State Research Foundation (CONFAP) to support Australian researchers to access funding through Brazil's research foundations.

This momentous agreement will bring together senior researchers from both countries to develop joint projects – at a crucial time for international education and research.

The MoU was signed at a virtual event, with a number of dignitaries joining online. The momentous agreement will support Australian researchers to access funding through Brazil's 27 state-based research foundations.

It will streamline funding access for Australian researchers to collaborate with Latin America's most significant producer of research. Brazil is Australia's 15th largest research partner globally (and Australia is ninth for Brazil) and our largest research partner in Latin America.

The MoU will also pave the way for the planned Australia-Brazil Research Collaboration Week (RCW) to take place in 2021 and allow the participating researchers from Brazil to apply for funding for joint projects that are developed over the week.