FAPESP Week Beijing

The main goal of the FAPESP Week Beijing symposium is to narrow the relationship between the Chinese and Brazilian researchers with the objective of promoting better research to benefit the population of both countries.

The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) is a public taxpayer-funded foundation that has the mission of supporting research in all fields of knowledge within the State of São Paulo, Brazil.

FAPESP is aware that the very best research may be delivered only by working with the best researchers internationally. Therefore, it has established partnerships with funding agencies, companies, higher education and research organizations in other countries known by the quality of their research and has been encouraging scientists funded by its grants to further develop their international the most effective uk assignments service is here collaboration.

As part of these efforts FAPESP has organized since 2011 scientific symposiums in Washington, Morgantown, Cambridge, Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Raleigh (USA), Toronto (Canada), Salamanca, Madrid (Spain), Tokyo (Japan) and London (England).

Founded in 1898,  Peking University was originally named the Imperial University of Peking. It was the first national comprehensive university, as well as the supreme administrative organ for education in China at that time. In May 1912, the university took on its present name, Peking University.

In 1952, to meet the reform demands of the country, Peking University became a national key university focusing on both the humanities and the sciences with an added emphasis on research. In April 2000, Peking University and Beijing Medical University merged, totally changing the composition and diversity of Peking University. In 2005, the School of Engineering was reconstructed.

Today, Peking University includes the natural sciences, the applied sciences, engineering sciences,
medical sciences, as well as the humanities, social sciences, management sciences, education studies, foreign language studies, and a variety of other fields to become a more comprehensive institution of higher learning in China

The São Paulo Research Foundation, FAPESP

São Paulo has a population of 40 million and generates 35% of Brazil’s GDP. Under the state constitution 1% of all state taxes are appropriated to fund FAPESP. The stability of the funding and the autonomy of the foundation allow for efficient management of the resources, having a sizable impact: while São Paulo is home to 22% of the Brazilian population and 30% of all scientists holding a doctorate in the nation, the state responds for 52% of the scientific articles published in international journals coming out of Brazil.

The Foundation works in close contact with the scientific community: all proposals are peer reviewed with the help of panels composed of active researchers from the specific area. Many times scientists in São Paulo submit proposals for programs to the foundation which are carefully analyzed and, if deemed strong in academic terms, are shaped by the foundation into research programs that will constitute a set of related research projects in a given area.

Since FAPESP’s mandate is to foster research and scientific and technological development in the state, ideas for programs that couple world class research with contributions that will impact social problems are welcome. The foundation supports large research programs in biodiversity and in information technology.

FAPESP invested around US$ 500 million in research projects in 2012. One third of this value went to fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students. About 60% went to exploratory academic research. The remaining was invested in application-oriented research, in many cases carried out by small businesses or in joint research between academia and industry. The percentage invested in applied research has been growing in recent years, consistent with the foundation’s mandate to foster scientific and technological development in the State of São Paulo.

More about FAPESP’s international collaboration initiatives and other information is available at:  www.fapesp.br/en.