BBSRC Brazil pump-priming award

UK Research and Innovation

Rolling deadline
R&D and Higher Education
Northern Ireland
Research, Development and Innovation

Pump-priming awards supported by BBSRC and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) are for BBSRC-supported researchers and consortia of academics.

They are to pump-prime collaborations between UK and Brazilian scientists in São Paulo state. Funding of up to £35,000 for the UK side is mainly for networking and travel, but can also include some modest research costs. Brazilian counterparts should apply for equivalent funding from FAPESP.

You should apply at least 12 weeks before the start of your project.

We are seeking to promote collaborations between UK and Brazilian scientists working within our remit. We will give priority to applications in the fields of:

  • food security
  • bioenergy and industrial biotechnology.

Funding is mainly for networking and travel costs but can also include some modest research, such as paying for consumables or access to specialist equipment for research to gather preliminary data.

Direct research costs may not account for more than 50% of the total value requested from us.

We also expect research groups to access other funding alongside the award. This can be direct funding from other sources or in-kind support.


You can apply for support if you are:

  • a holder of a BBSRC research grant
  • a researcher employed at BBSRC institutes.

The application must be made by a principal investigator. One person may act as a lead for a consortia of academics. Students are not eligible.

The principal investigator in Brazil must hold a FAPESP research award.

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19 April 2023