Research Brazil Ireland (RBI) brings together Irish third-level institutions and research centres as a consortium to drive a coordinated national approach to promote Ireland’s scientific and technological reputation in Brazil and to highlight Ireland’s attractiveness as an international research partner.

The programme develops research and educational links between the two countries across five thematic areas

Information and Communication Technologies

Environmental Science and Technologies

Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology

Biopharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Health

Sustainable Energy and Agroproduction

This strategic cooperation is being financed by the state research funding agency Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) which has designated Brazil as a priority country for research and education partnerships.

The objectives of RBI – Bridge to Progress are to

  • Encourage the exchange of researchers between the two countries
  • Facilitate work on joint Brazil-Ireland research proposals
  • Develop new links with industry in both countries
  • Ensure Irish and Brazilian research collaborations are strategically positioned to take advantage of European Union (EU) Horizon 2020 funding

Whilst a number of long-term, very successful research partnerships between the two countries are already in place, it is hoped that the new RBI office recently opened in Brazil will assist in identifying potential industrial and research collaborations, facilitate communication and generally help overcome the barriers which have traditionally impeded a more comprehensive engagement between the two countries. Showcasing events and workshops will be organized in both countries to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and the development of joint proposals relevant to priority areas of both countries.

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