The Science Support Program

The objective behind the program is to identify and support young scientist research excellence in Brazil and to contribute to building a conducive environment to scientific research. The projects – in the areas of natural sciences, computer science and mathematics – must tackle essential issues, be creative, audacious and innovative. Applications geared solely towards answering utility questions only related to applied sciences without any impact on the production of knowledge are not part of the scope of the program.

Annual Calls

Every year Serrapilheira will finance up to ten young scientists, providing funds between 200 thousand reais and 700 thousand reais, for a three-year period, with a large degree of flexibility in the use of the resources. Funding may be extended for an indefinite period of time. The selection process is followed up by external partners (for further details, please click on Serrapilheira selection process).

During the execution of the project, selected young scientists will have access to additional fund bonus specifically granted to cover integration and training of individuals from underrepresented groups in research teams. Participation in the bonus grant is voluntary. Inclusion actions aim at fostering increased diversity in Brazilian science.

Beyond simply offering resources, the program offers training, workshops, and events to connect researchers, such as the annual Serrapilheira Scientific Retreats. The goal is to enhance grantees’ training and advance their career development, as well as to create spaces for interdisciplinary cooperation and encourage initiatives supporting diversity in science, science outreach, and open science.

For details on the researchers receiving support, click on this link (in Portuguese).

Science Outreach Program

Starting 2021, the science outreach program will focus support on professional media and journalism initiatives.

Selection of projects will happen through active search. If you have a proposal in line with the new program guidelines, complete this letter of intent and write to: Please include “letter of intent” in the title of the email.

Proposals not aligned with the areas of operation and values of Serrapilheira will be disregarded.

Camp Serrapilheira

During the first three years, Camp Serrapilheira, the Institute’s main initiative, mapped out science outreach in Brazil and provided support to projects with various formats, objectives, audiences and reach. For history on the2018, 2019 and 2020 editions, click here.

The Camp Serrapilheira format will be discontinued as of 2021.

Since 2018, the year Science Outreach Program was launched, 48 science outreach projects have received support from the program. For details on these initiatives, please click on this link (in Portuguese).

Training Program in Quantitative Biology and Ecology

In a joint venture with the South American Institute for Fundamental Research, the program is aimed at developing the skills of future scientists in transdisciplinary research in the life sciences, focusing on mathematics, physics and computer science. Participants will learn about quantitative methods to solve pressing questions in biology and ecology, harnessing the potential of Brazil—the country with the greatest biodiversity on the planet—to create, in the long-term, a generation of highly skilled young scientists to deal with the country’s challenges. 

The program brings together a unique group of professors who are global leaders in their fields of research to cover topics from modern genetics to behavioral ecology. The first edition took place entirely online in an abridged version. In the years to come, the program will take place in person in São Paulo and will last six months and includes a stage for developing a research proposal. The idea is for students to continue their training either in Brazil or abroad after completing the program. 

For details, click on this link