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.
Every year we select as many as 24 young scientists by launching public calls. Successful applicants receive up to R$ 100 thousand for a period of one year with a large degree of flexibility in the use of the resources. After one year, all projects are reassessed and up to three projects subsequently receive as much as R$ 1 million for three years. 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).
Beyond providing the resources, the program organizes training courses, workshops, integration events for the researchers such as the Serrapilheira Meet Ups, held annually. The goal is to enhance training and to develop the careers of the grantees, as well as creating interdisciplinary cooperation spaces and fostering initiatives to promote diversity in science, science outreach and open science.
For details on the researchers receiving support, click on this link (in Portuguese).
Science Outreach Program
The objective of the Science Outreach Program is to map out and support science projects in Brazil, as well as proposing spaces for training and articulation between individuals and organizations dedicated to science outreach in Brazil, seeking to contribute to building a culture of science throughout the country.
In 2018 and 2019, Camp Serrapilheira constituted the main initiative of the Science Outreach Program. It was divided into two phases. In the first phase, selected applicants took part in an event where they made presentations, participated in workshops and built collaboration networks. In the second phase, they competed for the financial resources to carry out their projects geared towards promoting a culture of Science in Brazil under the guidance of Serrapilheira. Click here for further details on the 2019 and 2018 editions.
Since 2018, the year Science Outreach Program was launched, 36 science outreach projects have received support from the program. For details on these initiatives, please click on this link (in Portuguese).