Research Collaborations


International Research Collaboration Leads to Innovative Solutions

Often laying down foundations for long-term, institution-wide partnerships, research collaboration between international universities allows students and faculty to work on groundbreaking developments that benefit all countries involved. In addition to globalising higher education and creating funding opportunities for academics from developing countries, these experiences expose students and faculty to new perspectives that can be applied to their work at home.

In Brazil and the UK, researchers working collaboratively on topics of interest such as energy, water management, and public health have developed innovative solutions to many international challenges in these fields.

Read more about collaborative research between top UK Universities and Brazil

University of York

Dr. Joao Nunes, Lecturer at the University of York, is collaborating with Dr. Rosana Curzel (Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro) on a project entitled ‘Compulsory Licensing of Anti-retrovirals in Brazil: Lessons for Global Health Governance.’ Funded by the British Academy Newton Fund, this project has involved the organisation of two workshops in Brazil and the creation of an international network of scholars and practitioners. Contact:

The University of York has deep-seated links with the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which ranges from research for the development of new vaccines for neglected and other tropical diseases to the arts, humanities, and the social sciences. This collaboration is rooted in the partnership between the Department of History at York and the Casa Oswaldo Cruz (Latin America’s largest group of historians, anthropologists, and sociologists researching health- and medical-related issues).

University of Nottingham

The university’s key partnerships include the federal research and education funder, CAPES; Brazil National Observatory; the Federal Aerospace Consortium of Minas Gerais; ITA; and the state Education funder, FIERJ.

Nottingham’s partnership with CAPES is built around the development of a federal training programme which includes PhD scholarships, UG, doctoral and postdoctoral exchange, and visiting fellowships in Drug Discovery. The programme has led to Nottingham becoming CAPES’s first strategic partner in the UK.

Links with leading companies include EMBRAER, Rolls Royce, Petrobras, and GE.

University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is a world-class, research-intensive Russell Group university. Working in collaboration with industry, governments, research institutions and universities (including a number in Brazil), it has researchers tackling the most pressing challenges facing society today, aiming to make a positive global impact. Some of these challenges include climate change, global health, and renewable energy. For more information about the university’s research links in Brazil please check its website or email.

University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is collaborating with all of the top ten ranked universities in Brazil and seventeen of the top twenty.

More than 70 of the university’s academics are engaged with one or more Brazilian higher education institution, as well as government ministries.

The University of Birmingham has a number of schemes to help support academic engagement with collaborators in Brazil, including a Brazil Travel Fund, Banco Santander funding opportunities, and a Brazil Visiting Fellows Scheme.

University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is partnering with Embraer and Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA) in relation to advanced manufacturing.

For more information contact: Professor Visakan Kadirkamanathan

Imperial College of London

There are several partnerships on bioenergy between Imperial and Brazilian institutions, such as USP, Unicamp, and Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory. Imperial’s Centre for Environmental Policy is involved in a project on the international expansion of sugarcane ethanol in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa (LACAf project), in collaboration with Unicamp, CTBE and FAPESP. The main research areas are sugarcane-based ethanol, biodiesel, bio-chemicals, land use change, GHG balances, LCA of biofuels, and international development.

Contact: Dr Jeremy Woods, Centre for Environmental Policy.

Find out more about Imperial’s research with Brazil.

Nottingham Trent University

NTU has a strong research collaboration with USP, which developed through joint interests in the effects of exercise and nutrition on muscle and bone adaptations.

Professor Craig Sale met with Professors Gualano, Artioli, and Roschel at the Creatine Conference in 2010, culminating in Professor Sale receiving funding from USP to visit Brazil. Subsequently, annual collaborative visits in both directions have been funded and have resulted in successful grant applications and ten collaborative papers to date.

For information please email Professor Sale at:

King’s College London

King’s College London is collaborating with the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) to test Olympic competitors for banned substances. King’s Drug Control Centre (DCC), led by Professor David Cowan, ran the London 2012 anti-doping analysis and is ideally positioned to assist the Brazilian Doping Control Laboratory (LBCD) at UFRJ in this important endeavor. The centres will also collaborate on research and develop analytical techniques to detect the newest protein-based prohibited substances.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)

Sustainable environment research:

GCU will work with the Universidade Federal do ABC in São Paulo and Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná in Curitiba on a cross-disciplinary project tackling poor water quality standards in Brazil, where there is concern about the long-term impact of water pollution on ecosystems and health.

The research will draw together environmental science, water engineering, eco-toxicological analysis, and stakeholder engagement expertise. Researchers aim to inform debates for the improvement of river-basin management and water quality.

London South Bank University

Research on Advanced Materials:

The research at London South Bank University covers electronic and functional materials and surface engineering. Materials research includes novel thin film photovoltaic structures for solar energy production, nanostructured and 2-D materials (including graphene and functional oxides for solar hydrogen production), and electrocalorics. Surface engineering research is directed at characterising and modelling both the formation of novel polymer and glass coatings and their performance for a range of applications. Extensive processing and characterisation facilities are available.

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