January 31, 2018

Purdue, Sao Paulo Research Foundation announce winners of first joint call

Martin Kruczenski, professor of physics and astronomy at Purdue, and Nathan Berkovits, professor at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the Sao Paulo State University, have been selected by Purdue and Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) as the winners of the first joint call for proposals under the SPRINT program for their submission "Novel Approaches to Strongly Coupled Field Theories."

The $10,000 in seed funding for each side is intended to strengthen ties between the research groups at the two universities through research collaboration and scientific visits that include joint participation in seminars, workshops and conferences with six weeks total of face-to-face collaboration in order to:

* Further develop qualitatively their ongoing research projects.

* Support the elaboration of joint research projects of medium and long term, for submission to FAPESP by the researchers from the State of Sao Paulo and to outside funding agencies by the Purdue researchers.

Purdue is among a select group of U.S. institutions to enter into a partnership agreement with Brazil’s Sao Paulo Research Foundation, whose mission is to advance science, technology and innovation through the support of research programs. SPRINT, which stands for São Paulo Researchers in International Collaboration, is one of the foundation's programs.

On April 18, 2017, Purdue and FAPESP signed a memorandum of understanding in broad support of scientific and technological cooperation between Purdue and the State of Sao Paulo. The first joint call for proposals, in the area of high-energy physics, gauge theories, and string theory, was launched on Aug. 1.  

More information about collaboration and funding opportunities with FAPESP is available on the FAPESP website. To find a potential partner researcher in Sao Paulo, visit FAPESP’s Virtual Library, a free, open-access online database with all funded grants and fellowships, and with contact information of the respective grantees, in all areas of knowledge. Searches can be done on researchers’ profiles and their granted projects, references of scientific articles, home research institutions, theme-oriented programs, subjects and more.

For more information, contact Heidi Arola, managing director for global partnerships in the Office of Corporate and Global Partnerships, at harola@purdue.edu.

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