São Paulo Research Foundation


The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), a publicly funded foundation in the State of São Paulo, plays a pivotal role in supporting research projects across various fields. Established with a constitutionally mandated 1% of state taxes, it enjoys stable funding and autonomy, which facilitates efficient resource management. In 2021, FAPESP allocated $PPP 400.5 million to finance 19,692 research projects, marking a 3.5% growth from the previous year. Furthermore, the foundation invested 36.4% of its annual disbursement in human resource training, granting 11,469 scholarships.

This commitment extends to both basic and applied research, where $PPP 222.8 million, constituting 55.6% of the total investment, supported 9,251 research projects. FAPESP employs diverse funding strategies, such as Thematic Projects, Young Investigator awards, and Research, Innovation, and Dissemination Centers (RIDC). To enhance this approach, the foundation plans to establish 18 new RIDCs. Additionally, FAPESP invests in Research for Innovation, promoting collaboration between universities, businesses, and startups. Notably, the Innovative Research in Small Business Program (PIPE) directed over $PPP 25.1 million into 1,346 projects across São Paulo State, with a new PIPE-KT funding line that encourages the transformation of academic research into practical applications. FAPESP's international collaborations with research agencies, institutions, and enterprises further amplify its impact, offering programs that attract foreign scientists to contribute to São Paulo's research landscape. These initiatives encompass post-doctoral fellowships, young investigator awards, and visiting researcher grants, fostering global research partnerships.


INSF – FAPESP Collaboration

In 2019, the Iran National Science Foundation (INSF) and FAPESP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the purpose of implementing scientific and technological cooperation between researchers from Iran and the state of São Paulo in Brazil. Funding joint research projects, organizing joint scientific events, and facilitating the exchange of researchers in all areas of knowledge were the modes of activities targeted by the MoU.


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