Brazil Research Grants

Next Deadlines:
March 23, 2022 for performance period July 1, 2022-May 31, 2023 (AY 22-23)
November 2022 for performance period ending by May 31, 2023 (AY 22-23)

The program will accept only one proposal per faculty applicant per year, and will not fund multiple or repeat applications for the same project from collaborating faculty members. 

These grants have been made possible by funding from the Lemann Endowment and a generous gift from Claudio Haddad.

Brazil Cities Research

Overview

The purpose of the Harvard-Brazil Cities Research Grant is to spark faculty-led research initiatives and support graduate student research on some of the key urban challenges faced in Brazil. The Fund supports research from various disciplinary perspectives on a range of topics including, but not limited to, urban architecture, design, and infrastructure; education, economics, health, and sanitation; governance, public policy, and planning; and housing, transportation, and public security.

Availability of Funding

Award amounts are normally between $5,000 - $15,000 for faculty. Funds may be applied to travel-related expenses to conduct research in the field, including airfare, lodging, meals, transportation in Brazil, visa fees, and vaccines; research materials, including data, images, software to which the awardee does not have free access, monthly fees for electronic devices required for data collection, hardware and cellular phones when necessary for data collection (with adequate justification); and stipends and fees for research-related support services such as translation and interpretation services, etc. Faculty may also request funds to hire research assistants. Unfortunately, awards may not be used for salary support or student tuition.

Grants must be used by May 31, 2023. With adequate justification, the period of performance can be extended to accommodate proposals spanning multiple fiscal years. 

Eligibility

The Fund is open to any Harvard Department or School, full-time lecturers and full-time Assistant, Associate and Full Professors in any Harvard Department or School. Interdisciplinary proposals engaging faculty from more than one department or school are strongly encouraged. Applicants from the Harvard Medical School must be an Assistant, Associate or full Professor actively teaching Harvard students at the time of application (undergraduates, GSAS-enrolled Ph.D. students or students enrolled in the two HMS MD programs), and employed by Harvard University. Must be ladder faculty. Final decisions about eligibility will be determined during the review process. Successful applicants to this fund from past years are welcome to apply again.

Application Requirements   

Please submit the Brazil Faculty Grants application form and all materials requested therein in accordance with the format and word limits specified in the application form. Proposals must be submitted electronically as a single PDF, via email to tiago_genoveze@harvard.edu. Application materials include:

  • An abstract (no more than two paragraphs)
  • A proposal (in accordance with the format and word limits specified in the application form)
  • Additional proposal materials (maximum of 2 pages)
  • A detailed budget with a list of other funding sources
  • A three-page CV of the faculty applicant and each PI, co-investigator, or collaborator
  • Letter(s) from any collaborating institution (if applicable)  

All winners will be asked, as a condition of their acceptance of the award, to submit a follow-up report describing the events and their outcomes and the expenses associated with them. Any materials produced in relation to awarded projects must acknowledge the support of the Brazil Cities Research Grant Program of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

Collaborative Research

Program Overview

With the goal of fostering deeper intellectual connections between Harvard and Brazil, this grant supports collaborative research with Brazilian scholars working in Brazil. Interdisciplinary proposals engaging faculty from more than one department or school are strongly encouraged.

Availability of Funding

Maximum awards are $20,000. Grants must be used by May 31, 2023. With adequate justification, the period of performance can be extended to accommodate proposals spanning multiple fiscal years. 

Eligibility

Harvard faculty are welcome to submit proposals for collaborative research to take place in Brazil. Applications from scholars who work in fields that are not eligible for or that are a lower priority for funding under the terms of the Lemann Brazil Research Fund will receive priority. Lemann Brazil Research Fund awardees may not apply in the same academic year for the same project. Applicants must be an Assistant, Associate or Full Professor employed full-time by Harvard University in any Harvard Department or School. Applicants from the Harvard Medical School must be an Assistant, Associate or full Professor actively teaching Harvard students at the time of application (undergraduates, GSAS-enrolled Ph.D. students or students enrolled in the two HMS MD programs), and employed by Harvard University. Must be ladder faculty. Final decisions about eligibility will be determined during the review process.

Application Requirements

Please submit the Brazil Faculty Grants application form and all materials requested therein in accordance with the format and word limits specified in the application form. Proposals must be submitted electronically as a single PDF, via email to tiago_genoveze@harvard.edu. Application materials include:

  • An abstract (no more than two paragraphs)
  • A proposal (in accordance with the format and word limits specified in the application form)
  • Additional proposal materials (maximum of 2 pages)
  • A detailed budget with a list of other funding sources
  • A three-page CV of the faculty applicant and each PI, co-investigator, or collaborator
  • Letter(s) from any collaborating institution   

All winners will be asked, as a condition of their acceptance of the award, to submit a follow-up report describing the events and their outcomes and the expenses associated with them. Any materials produced in relation to awarded projects must acknowledge the support of the Collaborative Research Grant Program of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

First-Step Faculty Travel Funds

Next Deadline: Rolling

Program Overview

The purpose of the fund is to make timely and flexible grants to support short trips for Harvard faculty for exploratory research excursions with a well-defined purpose and plan to visit field sites, schools or labs, and to meet with Brazilian colleagues.

Availability of Funding

Maximum awards are $5,000 per person. The Brazil Office in São Paulo is available to help to organize the visits of awardees.  Funds may be applied to travel-related expenses to conduct research in the field, including airfare, lodging, meals, transportation in Brazil, visa fees, and vaccines; research materials, including data, images, software to which the awardee does not have free access, monthly fees for electronic devices required for data collection, hardware and cellular phones when necessary for data collection (with adequate justification); and stipends and fees for research-related support services such as translation and interpretation services, etc. Unfortunately, awards may not be used for salary support, student tuition, or co-investigator travel expenses.

Eligibility

This fund is aimed at Harvard faculty without prior research experience in Brazil and who do not have fully developed proposals to submit to other campus funding sources such as the DRCLAS Faculty Grants Committee, the Lemann Research Fund, the Cities Research Fund, or the Climate Change Solutions Fund. The applicant must be an Assistant, Associate or Full Professor employed full-time by Harvard University in any Harvard Department or School. Applicants from the Harvard Medical School must be an Assistant, Associate or full Professor actively teaching Harvard students at the time of application (undergraduates, GSAS-enrolled Ph.D. students or students enrolled in the two HMS MD programs), and employed by Harvard University. Must be ladder faculty. Final decisions about eligibility will be determined during the review process.

Application Requirements

Please submit the Brazil Faculty Grants application form and all materials requested therein in accordance with the format and word limits specified in the application form. Proposals must be submitted electronically as a single PDF, via email to tiago_genoveze@harvard.edu. Application materials include:

  • An abstract (no more than two paragraphs)
  • A proposal (in accordance with the format and word limits specified in the application form)
  • Additional proposal materials (maximum of 2 pages)
  • A detailed budget with a list of other funding sources
  • A three-page CV of the faculty applicant and each PI, co-investigator, or collaborator
  • Letter(s) from any collaborating institution (if applicable)  

All winners will be asked, as a condition of their acceptance of the award, to submit a follow-up report describing the events and their outcomes and the expenses associated with them. Any materials produced in relation to awarded projects must acknowledge the support of the First-Step Faculty Travel Funds of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

We will accept and review proposals on a rolling basis. Applicants must submit proposals at least two months before anticipated travel.

Lemann Brazil Research Fund

Next Deadline: January 25, 2022

The Lemann Brazil Research Fund is made possible by a generous gift from the Lemann Foundation and is administered by the Office of the Provost. It supports Brazil-related research in all areas related to education, as well as research in any other disciplinary area undertaken in collaboration with a Brazilian colleague. Harvard faculty with principal investigator rights at any Harvard school are eligible to apply for an award. 

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Matching Funds for External Grants

Program Overview

DRCLAS invites proposals from faculty planning to submit applications for external funding – either for programmatic initiatives or for specific research projects – whose applications would be strengthened by demonstrating an institutional commitment from Harvard. Examples of these activities include workshops, invited speakers, etc. Applicants to other funding categories may use support of the Brazil Studies Program to help win major external grants. The “Matching Funds” category is intended specifically for this purpose. 

Availability of Funding

The maximum award available is $10,000. Grants must be used by May 31, 2023. With adequate justification, the period of performance can be extended to accommodate proposals spanning multiple fiscal years. 

Eligibility

Applicants must be an Assistant, Associate or Full Professor employed full-time by Harvard University in any Harvard Department or School. Interdisciplinary proposals engaging faculty from more than one department or school are strongly encouraged. Applicants from the Harvard Medical School must be an Assistant, Associate or full Professor actively teaching Harvard students at the time of application (undergraduates, GSAS-enrolled Ph.D. students or students enrolled in the two HMS MD programs), and employed by Harvard University. Must be ladder faculty. Final decisions about eligibility will be determined during the review process.

Application Requirements

Please submit the Brazil Faculty Grants application form and all materials requested therein in accordance with the format and word limits specified in the application form. Proposals must be submitted electronically as a single PDF, via email to tiago_genoveze@harvard.edu. Application materials include:

  • An abstract (no more than two paragraphs)
  • A proposal (in accordance with the format and word limits specified in the application form)
  • Additional proposal materials (maximum of 2 pages)
  • A detailed budget with a list of other funding sources
  • A three-page CV of the faculty applicant and each PI, co-investigator, or collaborator
  • Letter(s) from any collaborating institution (if applicable)  

All winners will be asked, as a condition of their acceptance of the award, to submit a follow-up report describing the events and their outcomes and the expenses associated with them. Any materials produced in relation to awarded projects must acknowledge the support of the Matching Funds for External Grants Program of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

Questions?

Contact Tiago Genoveze, Program Manager