ERC-Brazil initiative launched in Brussels
On 13 October 2016, an initiative that will foster international collaboration between top Brazilian and ERC-funded researchers was launched in Brussels. The Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, and the President of the Brazilian National Council of State Funding Agencies (CONFAP), Sergio Luiz Gargioni, signed the deal in the presence of Prof. Klaus Bock, ERC Vice-President. This agreement is set to encourage young Brazilian scientists to join ERC-grantees' research teams, conducting frontier research across Europe.
The agreement (so called 'implementing arrangement') resonates with the overall "ERC - is Open to the World" strategy. The ERC awards grants to researchers of all nationalities if they undertake their projects in the countries of the European Research Area (ERA) that includes EU Member States and Associated Countries. It is important to enhance awareness of such possibilities among non-European researchers and to facilitate them in joining an ERC-funded project. The signed agreement thus has as its goal to enable Brazilian top researchers to undertake research visits and cooperate with ERC-supported teams in the ERA. It is also a step forward on the implementation of the EU - CELAC Common Research Area, focusing on researchers' mobility.