Competition: closed for research projects between June 2015 and August 2017
Who Applies: the Canadian professor who will take on the role of Project Lead
Description: The objective of this scholarship program is to support team-oriented research projects between Canadian and Brazilian universities in key areas of mutual cooperation.
The Canada-Brazil Awards - Joint Research Projects provide scholarships for exchanges of researchers and graduate students in support of reciprocal, team-based research projects. The projects are an initiative under the Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada and The Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education of Brazil concerning Academic Mobility and Scientific Cooperation.
NOTE: Funding for additional features is currently being considered to better align with the reciprocal offer by Brazil to Brazilian teams. Confirmation of funding for additional features will be available and announced to successful Project Leads. Please note the additional application requirements under the Value and Duration tab.
The Canada-Brazil Awards – Joint Research Projects support exchanges of research teams collaborating on bilateral research projects. The projects must engage in collaborative research in key academic areas of bilateral cooperation leading to an eventual publication. Applicants must clearly explain the advantages of the partnership for both countries.
Project activities should be scheduled over 24 months and must begin between July 2, 2015, and February 1, 2016. Projects may also be considered for an additional two years of funding based on merit, show of need and availability of funding.
Terms and conditions for each subsequent year of funding will remain the same as in the first year with the understanding that the composition of the project members may change.
On behalf of the Government of Canada, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) provides funding for a maximum of five Canadian project members (graduate students) per project, per year for a maximum period of six months in Brazil. Funding will also be provided to the Canadian Project Lead for a short-term faculty visit to Brazil per year.
The scholarship value is:
Canadian project members (graduate students) can divide their exchanges into more than one trip to Brazil with the permission of their Brazilian partner. To receive the full scholarship amount, their combined exchange period must be a minimum of four months or five to six months.
Canadian institutions will disburse funds to the Canadian project members and Project lead to cover costs including:
Canadian institutions can claim an additional $300 CAN per project member to assist with overhead administrative costs associated with the joint research project.
Canadian institutions may include a second Canadian institution providing one institution acts as the lead institution and be identified as such in the proposal.
Note – New features: Pending confirmation of additional funding and the demonstrated need of the applicant, DFATD will consider the following features to better align with the reciprocal offer by Brazil to Brazilian teams:
The show of funding needs by the applicant for these additional features must be presented in the online application form under Section 7. Project Activities.
Confirmation of additional funds for these features will be announced to successful Project Leads.
On behalf of the Government of Brazil, the Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) will provide funding for the Brazilian team. Information regarding scholarship values related to the Brazil project team can be accessed on the CAPES website (Portuguese only).
The Canadian institution will receive funding in each fiscal year (April 1 to March 31) for all approved Canadian participants (project members and Project Lead) of the joint research project in the form of a contribution agreement and will be responsible for providing the funds to project members and the Project Lead.
Subject to the terms and conditions of the Contribution Agreement, funding will be disbursed by cheque to the Canadian institution following receipt of the following supporting documents:
Scholarship funding will be disbursed to the project members and the Project Lead according to the Canadian institution’s internal processes and in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Contribution Agreement. All non-allocated funds must be returned to DFATD via the scholarship program administrator, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), if any members of the research team do not take up the award.
This competition is open to research teams from Canadian and Brazilian universities. The coordination of the project will be the responsibility of both the Canadian and Brazilian Project Leads and the teams will consist of graduate project members from Canadian institutions and PhD project members from Brazilian institutions.
Canadian and Brazilian Project Leads:
Canadian and Brazilian project members:
A submitted application must meet the following terms and conditions may not be considered for funding.
The Canadian and Brazilian teams:
The participating institutions:
The deadline to submit an online application to DFATD is 11:59 p.m. EDT, April 30, 2015. Applications must be submitted by the Canadian Project Leads in collaboration with their Brazilian counterparts. Late applications will not be considered.
It is the responsibility of the Canadian institution to ensure that supporting documents are received by the deadline. Supporting documents, other than those requested, will not be accepted.
All efforts will be made to notify the institutions at the earliest possible date. Canadian Project Leads should be contacted by the end of June 2015 by the scholarship administrator regarding the status of their proposal.
Canadian teams with a successful proposal will receive a contribution agreement with Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) for the administration and disbursement of scholarship funding to the Canadian research team.
Though Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and the Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) have issued similar application procedures and program guidelines, some important differences exist to reflect country-specific needs.
Canadian and Brazilian Project Leads:
Canadian Project Leads must:
The following eight documents must be uploaded and attached to the online application form in one of the following formats: .pdf, .jpg, .doc, .docx, .txt or .gif. Each document must be smaller than 5 Mb in order for the application to upload successfully.
The Canadian Project Lead must submit a completed online application form and attach all supporting documents.
Note - for selected projects only: additional information will be requested from the Canadian and Brazilian team members who will participate in the projects. Additional information regarding STEP 2 is available on the Canada-Brazil Awards - Joint Research Projects: STEP 2 page of the scholarships website. Team members will need to provide this information by filling out the Canada-Brazil Awards: Joint Research Projects - STEP 2 registration form.
All applications received by the deadline and that meet the eligibility criteria will be reviewed in Canada and Brazil through peer review boards in their respective countries.
Pre-selected proposals will then be evaluated by a joint Canadian and Brazilian Selection Committee. In making the final selection, attention will be given to projects supporting key areas of bilateral cooperation and mutual interest which encourage research collaboration as well as a high degree graduate student mobility.
Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
The scholarship administrator is not able to provide feedback for unsuccessful candidates.
These scholarships are subject to the availability of funding from the Governments of Canada and Brazil.
The Canada-Brazil Awards - Joint Research Projects is the first scholarship program created in the context of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in August 2010 between Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and the Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) in Brazil.