Lemann Brazil Research Fund accepting proposals

The 2016-2018 Lemann Brazil Research Fund awardees join Jorge Paulo and Susanna Lemann at a reception in April 2018. Photo by Susan Young

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The Office of the Vice Provost for Research announces the opening of applications to the Lemann Brazil Research Fund as of Nov. 1. Applications are due by Jan. 22, 2019 and must be submitted via the Harvard University Funding Portal.

Established in 2016 from a generous gift of the Lemann Foundation, the fund is intended to foster collaboration between scholars and to support research projects focused on current issues facing Brazil. Proposals are sought for research projects that address education management and administration; social science and its applications; public administration and policy; technological advances in education; and evidence-based research. Consideration will also be given to projects that propose collaboration between Harvard faculty and Brazilian academics in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and basic and applied sciences.

Applications are invited from researchers across disciplines proposing research projects relating to Brazil. Proposed projects must meet at least one of the following three criteria: 1) include collaboration with Brazilian academics; 2) be undertaken in Brazil in whole or in part; 3) focus on Brazil. Proposals are evaluated on the basis of academic merit, feasibility, and their anticipated advancement of the objectives of the Fund. Applicants may request up to $150,000 payable over one or two years.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research administers the fund together with the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, in collaboration with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Brazil Studies Program. In its first three years, the fund has supported 20 research projects from five Harvard Schools and nine separate fields of study, in collaboration with 17 separate academic, governmental, and nonprofit organizations in Brazil.