SPRINT Program

The São Paulo Researchers in International Collaboration (SPRINT), is a program designed to encourage and promote the advancement of scientific research through the engagement of researchers affiliated with research institutions in the State of São Paulo with researcher partners abroad.  It aims to provide funding for the initial phase of international research collaborations with clear expectations that the next phase will be a presentation, by the researchers from the State of São Paulo, of research proposals in the regular funding lines of FAPESP (The State of São Paulo Research Foundation) aiming to continue the research started under SPRINT and the consequent consolidation of the partnership.  The program encourages UNC Charlotte faculty and post-doctoral researchers to collaborate in specific areas of interest.  UNC Charlotte is proud to partner in the SPRINT program.

Guidelines for UNC Charlotte-based researchers to participate in the Spring 2017 SPRINT program.

Examples of São Paulo and UNC Charlotte-based research opportunities

Visiting Scholar from São Paulo

As part of the Graduate School’s commitment to global research, Dr. Daniel Janies, UNC Charlotte Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Bioinformatics and Genomics, and Director of Global Research Collaborations for the Graduate School, welcomes visiting graduate student Denis Jacob Machado from the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil who joins his team this spring for a one-year research term. Machado and his advisor at USP, Dr. Taran Grant, are the recipients of a “BEPE” (Bolsa Estágio de Pesquisa no Exterior) Research Internship Abroad award supporting the student exchange from the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).  Read full article.

Denis Machado and Dr. Daniel Janies work at the whiteboard. Mmoreirae fundobranco, Brazil's Maldonado Redbelly Toad.
Denis Machado, left, and Dr. Daniel Janies seek to identify genes that allow amphibians to accumulate and resist the poisons they use to defend themselves. Mmoreirae_fundobranco, Brazil's Maldonado Redbelly Toad.  Photo credit: Adriana Moriguchi Jeckel

Biodiversity and Genomics Research

Dr. Ronald Clouse is a postdoctoral researcher, and part of a five-year, joint U.S.-Sao Paulo grant to study the Atlantic Rain Forest of Brazil.  This grant was awarded through the National Science Foundation's Dimensions of Biodiversity Program.  Dr. Clouse is subcontract to analyze the DNA sequence data from certain invertebrates being collected by one of the research teams from Brazil. "The Atlantic Rain Forest is a unique forest which is quite separate and different from Amazonia," explains Dr. Clouse.  "Sadly, about 90% of it has already been destroyed."

The Atlantic Rain Forest in Brazil UNC Charlotte graduate student Vanna Sombatsaphay, Biology
The picturesque Atlantic Rain Forest of Brazil.

UNC Charlotte Biology doctoral student Vanna Sombatsaphay is engaged in joint research in DNA sequencing with Brazilian collaborators.

The Brazilian Synchrotron Light Source

LNLS operates the only Synchrotron Light Source in Latin America. Designed and built with Brazilian technology, LNLS was inaugurated in 1997 with open facilities to the scientific and business community across the country and abroad.

LNLS facilities are annually used by about 2,700 Brazilian and foreign researchers, committed to over 500 studies that result in approximately 250 articles published in scientific journals. About 20% of these studies are proposed by foreigners. The laboratory also has been a development partner at national industry projects in energy, chemicals and pharmaceuticals areas, among others. For additional information on this research project visit: http://lnls.cnpem.br/

The Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS) has been working on a 3 GeV source called Sirius project.

About 20% of the studies performed at the Laboratory are proposed by non-Brazilian researchers.

Images courtesy of FAPESP.

Genomics, Chemistry, and Cancer Research

Prof. Sergio Verjovski-Almeida, Chemical Institute, University of São Paulo and coordinator of research funded by FAPESP.  Such research includes INXS expression is generally diminished in cancer cells, and methods that are capable of stimulating the production of this non-coding RNA can be used to treat tumors.

The laboratory of Prof. Sergio Verjovski-Almeida A researcher in the labortory of Prof. Sergio Verjovski-Almeida
The laboratory of Prof. Sergio Verjovski-Almeida working in Bioinformatics and Genomics. A researcher in Prof. Sergio Verjovski-Almeida laboratory.