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In partnership with Amazônia+10, British Council launches call for support for scientific workshops

Amazonia BR/UK Workshops Grants will make approximately R$2 million available to finance proposals that expand knowledge about socio-biodiversity and biodiversity in the region

The British Council, through the UK government's International Science Partnerships Fund (ISPF), has teamed up with the Amazon+10 Initiative to launch the Amazonia BR/UK Workshops Grants program, aimed at researchers from the UK and from Brazil. The objective of the call is to fund scientific workshops to support the carrying out of new research, projects and collaborations between Brazilian and British researchers on topics related to the Amazon.


The Amazon+10 Initiative is led by the National Council of State Research Support Foundations (Confap) and the National Council of Secretaries for Science, Technology and Innovation Affairs (Consecti), and also has a partnership with the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). The program has already allocated almost R$100 million in resources to scientific projects in the region, coordinating research groups that combine researchers from the Legal Amazon and other Brazilian states.


In the case of the Amazonia BR/UK Workshops Grants, there is also the same premise of establishing new links, by encouraging the meeting of early-career researchers from both countries.


Proposals must include a Main Proponent in the United Kingdom and a Main Proponent in Brazil - this must be linked to a research institution located in the Legal Amazon. Each project can reach up to £53,200, with a total fund of £320,000 available for this call – around R$330,000 and R$2 million, respectively. Deadline for submission is 12pm UK time on 7th January 2024.


About the workshops

The minimum duration of a workshop is three days and they must be held in any of the nine states of the Legal Amazon (Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins), among 15 March and July 31, 2024.


Each scientific workshop will be coordinated by the two Main Proponents and should expand knowledge about socio-biodiversity and Amazonian biodiversity in any discipline or multidisciplinary area (including natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities).


Main Proponents can identify up to four additional Lead Researchers, two from each country – in the Brazilian case, researchers can be from any state that is part of the Amazon+10 Initiative – to get involved in the workshop and act as mentors. It is important to remember that the British Council encourages the participation of leading female researchers and/or those belonging to minority groups.


The rest of the workshop participants must be researchers at an early stage of their career (ECR). The maximum number of people at the event is 40, including Lead Proponents, mentors and early career researchers.


For this call, an “ECR” was defined as someone who has completed or is about to complete a doctorate, potentially awaiting a final oral defense, which must be approved before receiving funding. If a researcher does not hold a doctorate but has research experience equivalent to a doctorate and works in an area where a doctorate is not a prerequisite for established research activity, he or she may still be considered eligible. Participants from for-profit organizations cannot receive funding.


Find out more details and other information on the British Council website: https://www.britishcouncil.org.br/atividades/educacao/ispf/amazonia


About the British Council

The British Council is the UK's international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and in countries around the world. We do this through our work in Arts and Culture, Education and English Language. We work with people in more than 200 countries and territories and are present in more than 100 countries. In fiscal year 2022-23 we reached 600 million people.


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