São Paulo Research Foundation

The University of Surrey works closely with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) to facilitate mobility and research collaborations between staff at the University of Surrey and in the State of São Paulo, Brazil.

Surrey’s partnership with FAPESP


Surrey’s partnership with FAPESP includes involvement in two initiatives:

São Paulo Researchers in International Collaboration (SPRINT)

The SPRINT programme provides funding for staff mobility between the University of Surrey and Higher Education Institutions and Research Centres in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. Mobility must be linked to an active FAPESP research project. An annual call is opened in May with a deadline at the end of July. Projects commence in October for a period of two years. 

Regular Research Award

In 2017, the University of Surrey and FAPESP signed an additional agreement to collaborate on two Regular Research Awards. These awards are designed to support larger research projects between collaborators in the state of São Paulo and the University of Surrey. A call is announced in April every other year, with the most recent call held in 2018. 


This initiative focuses on mobility of staff between the University of Surrey and Higher Education and Research Institutions in the state of São Paulo connected to active FAPESP research projects. Collaborators are invited to apply for funds associated with travel including flights, accommodation and subsistence up to £6,000 from each partner (Surrey applicants should include a budget for Surrey mobility to São Paulo). 

FAPESP SPRINT calls are currently paused as a result of the impact of COVID-19 restrictions in both the UK and Brazil.  Calls may resume in 2021 and updates will be posted here. 


FAPESP Regular Research Award

FAPESP and the University of Surrey are committed to supporting research collaborations between higher education and research institutes in the state of São Paulo and the University of Surrey.  A call for Regular Research Awards is typically announced every two years.  Regular Research Awards provide funding of up to £20,000 per year for a maximum of two years (£40,000 in total) for successful projects.  Funds can be used to organise travel and to cover the cost of subsistence, consumables and materials related to this project. 

Internal queries should be directed to the International Engagement Office at intpartnerships@surrey.ac.uk.