By Heitor Shimizu, in Brussels | Agência FAPESP (edited) – "There is enormous potential in terms of scientific cooperation between Belgium and Brazil," said Arnaud Goolaerts, managing director of research at Belgium's National Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS) at the opening session of FAPESP Week Belgium held in Brussels this Monday (10/8).
According to Goolaerts, 58% of the articles published by researchers supported by the F.R.S.-FNRS – which focuses on the development of science, technology and innovation in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (a region made up of Wallonia and the Belgian capital) – are produced in cooperation with colleagues from other countries, but out of that total, only 2.5% stem from partnerships with Brazilians.
Goolaerts emphasized that the scenario must change and that an event such as FAPESP Week Belgium, which brings together scientists from Belgium and Brazil, is an excellent initiative in this area.
Held at the Brussels Comic Book Museum, the event is organized by FAPESP together with Belgian organizations F.R.S.-FNRS, the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI), the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and the Wallonie-Brussels International (WBI).
Up to now, the institutions have announced three calls for proposals, with four research projects selected in the first two calls. Proposals in a range of fields may be submitted by October 29 under the current call for proposals (www.fapesp.br/en/11908). The funded exchange activities may have a duration of up to 24 months.
"But international collaboration must go well beyond the exchange or mobility of researchers. FAPESP looks for full research projects with complex objectives that have multi-year duration and are internationally competitive. They are expected to be fully collaborative projects, conceived, written, presented and developed together by researchers from the state of São Paulo and other countries," said Brito Cruz.
Jessica Miclotte, manager of the Department of Research and Innovation at the WBI also emphasized the increased interest in collaboration between researchers from Belgium and Brazil.
"The importance we attribute to this partnership is exemplified by the fact that of the five representative offices the WBI has to support scientific cooperation in other countries, one is in Brazil," she said. "The others are in Sweden, the United States, Germany, Switzerland and Canada."
More information about the FAPESP Week Blegium: http://fapesp.br/week2018/belgium/news/brazil---belgium-scientific-coope...
General information about the open call at FAPESP (SPRINT): http://www.fapesp.br/sprint/call32018