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FAPESP Pump-Priming Awards (FAPPA)

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Call status: Open
Application deadline: apply at any time*

*at least 12 weeks before the proposed start of the project

This award is run jointly with Brazil's São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). See the guidance notes for more details.


  • To pump-prime collaborations between scientists in the UK and the São Paulo State, Brazil
  • To promote the exchange of scientists and access to facilities and materials
  • To encourage applications under the RCUK-FAPESP lead agency agreement
  • To enhance food security and bioenergy and industrial biotechnology research in the UK and Brazil


  • Typically up to £35k over 2-years will be provided for the UK partners
  • FAPESP will provide similar funding to Brazilian scientists
  • Funds are mainly for networking and travel costs, but some modest research costs may be included (see guidance)
  • Research groups should try and access other sources of funding in addition to the FAPPA
  • Brazilian partners may wish to explore additional mutual funding

Assessment criteria

Applications are reviewed internally against the following criteria:

  • The value added to science through the partnership by enhancing priority areas
  • The future joint research likely to accrue from the collaboration. Particularly applications under the RCUK-FAPESP MoU (see external link)
  • The uniqueness of the opportunity and expertise of the partners
  • The opportunities for early career scientist exchanges
  • Whether the collaboration is a new linkage or an ongoing partnership (if collaboration is ongoing, what new aspects are brought to the partnership)
  • The level of the contribution made by the UK and Brazilian institutions towards the development of the award
  • The relevance of the partnership to food security and / or bioenergy and industrial biotechnology research funded by BBSRC


  • Open to current BBSRC research grant holders and researchers employed at institutes of BBSRC who are in receipt of BBSRC funding (see guidance) 
  • Consortia of academics may apply, with 1 person acting as the lead

How to apply

Application downloads

Guidance notes (PDF 200KB)

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