The European Commission and the Brazilian government have decided to strengthen mutual research cooperation in the area of ocean observation and biofuels.
Representatives of the European Commission and the Brazilian Government have signed a joint declaration for Atlantic Ocean research to enhance marine cooperation between the two sides of the Atlantic. The joint declaration, will form basis of the new research strategy for the South Atlantic Ocean, which was announced by Commissioner Carlos Moedas during the summer and which intends to mirror the strategy for the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean with the USA and Canada under the so-called Galway Agreement. The joint declaration provides the legal basis for the EU and Brazil to enhance marine cooperation and decide how to further engage in joint research projects, mainly through Horizon 2020, as well as improve reciprocal access to infrastructures.
Furthermore, last week, both actors also officially launched a coordinated call in the area of biofuels, included in the 2016-17 Societal Challenge 3 Work Programme, which aims at exploiting synergies between Brazil and Europe in terms of scientific expertise and resources in topics related to advanced biofuels. The European side of the call will be funded through Horizon 2020, while the FAPESP (the Research Funding Agency of the State of São Paulo), CONFAP (the Council of State Foundations for Research) and the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation will fund Brazilian researchers.