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  • Institutional

Pesquisa científica

The Science Support Program

The objective of the program is to identify and support excellence in research from young scientists in Brazil and foster an environment conducive to scientific research in the long term. The projects—in the natural sciences, computer science, and mathematics—should tackle critical issues in creative, innovative, and bold ways. Projects grounded solely in the application of existing scientific knowledge to practical questions without any impact on the creation of knowledge are not within the scope of this program.

Annual Calls for Proposals

Every year, Serraphilheira will issue a call for proposals and select up to 10 recipients. Each award will provide between 200,000 to 700,000 Brazilian reis, with flexibility in the use of the funds.

Grant recipients can also apply for additional funds that can be used specifically for the inclusion and training of individuals from underrepresented groups on their research teams. The amount of the additional funding will range from 10% to 100% of the original grant amount awarded. The entire selection process is followed by external partners (for more information about our selection process, please see pp. 20-21).

In addition to providing resources, the program also provides trainings, workshops, and networking events for the researchers, such as the annual Serrapilheira Conference. The goal is to provide grantees with training and career development opportunities, as well as create spaces for interdisciplinary collaboration and initiatives that promote diversity in science, science outreach, and open science.

To learn more about our 2021 grant recipients, please click here.

Science Outreach Program

Since 2021, the Scientific Outreach Program focus on providing support to initiatives in media and journalism.

Project selection will occur through an active search. If you have a proposal aligned with the new program guidelines, please complete this form and email it to divulgacaocientifica@serrapilheira.org with the subject “Letter of Intent.”

Proposals that are not aligned with Serrapilheira’s focus areas and values will not be considered.

Camp Serrapilheira

During the Institute’s first three years, Camp Serrapilheira, its primary initiative, mapped out scientific outreach efforts in Brazil and provided support to projects with various formats, aims, audiences, and scopes. For information about the 2018, 2019, and 2020 editions, please click here (in portuguese).

Camp Serrapilheira was discontinued as of 2021.

Since launching in 2018, the Scientific Outreach Program has provided support to 58 science outreach projects. To learn more about these initiatives, please click here.

Training Program in Quantitative Biology and Ecology

In partnership with the South American Institute for Fundamental Research, the Scientific Outreach Program aims to equip future scientists with skills to conduct transdisciplinary research in the life sciences, focusing on mathematics, physics, and computer science. Participants will learn to apply quantitative methods to pressing questions in biology and ecology, harnessing Brazil’s potential—as the most biodiverse country in the word—to cultivate a generation of highly-skilled young scientists who will be at the forefront of efforts to tackle the country’s challenges.

The program brings together a group of professors who are global leaders in their respective fields to cover topics ranging from modern genetics to behavioral ecology. The first edition was fully online, abridged version. Future editions will occur in person in São Paulo and will last six months. After completing the program, the goal is for students to continue their training at a leading institution in Brazil or abroad.

To learn more, please click here.