Canadian and Brazilian researchers join forces in a new initiative announced today
Vancouver, B.C., August 13, 2010 – Canada and Brazil formalized a partnership today that will see researchers from the two countries collaborate on emerging research topics and student training.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between MITACS, a Canadian research network which connects university-based researchers with businesses, companies, not-for-profits and government, and the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) of the Ministry of Education.
Under the terms of the MOU, MITACS and CAPES will hold joint workshops, conduct collaborative research projects in areas of mutual interest and support student exchanges of four months to one year at Canadian and Brazilian universities or research institutes. In addition, junior and senior researchers will visit the other country for hands-on collaboration.
“By formalizing this partnership between Canada and Brazil, we will encourage the exchange of research knowledge and innovation between our two countries,” said Dr. Arvind Gupta, Scientific Director of MITACS. “This presents a great opportunity for Canada.”
“The present MOU will provide new opportunities for Brazilian and Canadian researchers to develop cooperation in a truly and mutually beneficial way,” said Dr. Sandoval Carneiro Jr., Director of International Relations for CAPES and Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Established in 1999, MITACS plays a key role in linking business, academia and government through unique research and training programs. With its headquarters at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, MITACS has offices across Canada including Toronto, Montréal, Winnipeg, Fredericton and Saskatoon and is funded by the federal and provincial governments. For more information, visit www.mitacs.ca.
CAPES - the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education of the Ministry of Education - was instituted in 1951. Its main mission has been to sponsor graduate courses in Brazil through institutional grants and scholarships, as well as to evaluate and accredit all graduate (MSC and PhD) courses in the country. International cooperation programs have been established with several countries including France, Germany, the US, Portugal, Spain, Argentina, Holland, Belgium and now Canada.