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University of Georgia, Brazilian Foundation to Support Collaborative International Research

The University of Georgia and the Minas Gerais State Research Foundation have launched a new partnership to support international research collaboration with grant awards up to $15,000 to tackle issues — such as Zika and other infectious diseases — important to both Georgia and Minas Gerais, a large state located in southeastern Brazil.

The grant program was announced this week in Tiradentes, Minas Gerais, where 12 UGA faculty joined their Brazilian counterparts from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, the Federal University of Minas Gerais, and the Federal University of Viçosa for a workshop focused on creating new joint research initiatives in human and animal health, bioinformatics and genomics. UGA faculty need not have attended the workshop to participate in the grant program.

“UGA faculty already have important collaborations with colleagues in Brazil and in the State of Minas Gerais, in particular,” said Vice President for Research David Lee. “With this new joint support we hope to deepen and expand our relationships.”

Grant applications are due January 9, 2017, and awards will support preliminary research, partnership development and proposal preparation. To be eligible, proposals must identify and commit to pursue specific sources of external funding as a result of the activities enabled by the program. The program is jointly funded by the Minas Gerais State Research Foundation (whose Portuguese abbreviation is FAPEMIG) and UGA’s Office of Research, in conjunction with UGA academic units.

“Brazil is already home to more of UGA’s international partnerships than any other country in the world. Given our shared areas of research — ranging from biomaterials to infectious diseases to agriculture and bioinformatics — Minas Gerais is an ideal strategic target for collaboration with the University of Georgia,” said Brian Watkins, UGA’s director of international partnerships.

The UGA-FAPEMIG program continues an increasing commitment to international research and service at UGA, following the Global Research Collaboration Grant Program that was launched in April to encourage UGA faculty to pursue externally funded research initiatives abroad.

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